Course Code: B-FASCWRI
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
|Screenwriting Practices 1ACore||25|
Screenwriting Practices 1A
Through a serious of lectures, workshops, tutorials and studio practice, students will be introduced to the basics of writing for the screen, with a focus on both contemporary screen craft and the more timeless nature of storytelling. Students will frequently study in the same classroom as the school's directing students with a view to promoting a broader understanding of filmmaking practices and nurturing creative teams. Students will write a completed original short script and take part in both collaborative and individual script development processes.
Detailed Information FLTV10012
Through lectures with local visiting filmmakers and participation in selected craft workshops with directing students, this subject introduces students to broader screen and television industry practices. Students also develop formal and informal skills in giving and receiving critical feedback on creative work. This subject includes an embedded program in academic literacy skill of analysis, discussion, essay writing, research and information retrieval.
Detailed Information FLTV10013
|Pictures, Sounds, WordsCore||12.5|
Pictures, Sounds, Words
This subject asks the student to consider the cinematic effect of the use and juxtaposition of pictures, words and sounds in film. Through a series of workshops and tutorials, students will examine the dramatic possibilities of these screen fundamentals, both as they have been used in the cinemativerse and in their own writing.
Detailed Information FLTV10014
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
|Screenwriting Practices 1BCore||25|
Screenwriting Practices 1B
Through a combination of class work and studio practice, this subject gives students the opportunity to further develop their crafts skills and knowledge of writing for the screen. Students in this subject will work on set with directing students with a view to promoting a broader understanding of filmmaking practices. Students will write completed short scripts and take part in both collaborative and individual script development processes.
Detailed Information FLTV10015
|Screen Culture and Aesthetics 1Core||12.5|
Screen Culture and Aesthetics 1
Screen Culture and Aesthetics 1 is the study of screen culture and history with a particular emphasis on critical study for practical filmmakers. Through lectures, discussion and screenings, students are introduced to the main canons and genres of cinema; the codes, conventions and narrative structures, from the silent era to contemporary cinema. Through exploring a diverse range of cinematic approaches and styles, the work of cinema innovators is highlighted. Students apply their knowledge by reflecting critically on their own production work and the work of fellow students.
Detailed Information FLTV10009
Detailed Information Handbook
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
|Screenwriting Practices 2ACore||25|
Screenwriting Practices 2A
Through a series of workshops, tutorials and creative practice, students will build on skills learned in Screen Practices 1A and 1B, with a focus on developing and writing content for television. Students learn basic skills necessary to write professionally for television and develop an understanding of the broader television landscape. Students are required to write at least one television script and present it professionally with appropriate pitch documents. Students will also develop an understanding of television writing as a collaborative process and of how a television ‘story room’ works. BFA (Screenwriting) students continue to undertake some shared workshops and classes with the B...
Detailed Information FLTV20012
|Gaming and the WriterCore||12.5|
Gaming and the Writer
This subject introduces students to key concepts and practices used by writers in the games industry. Through a series of workshops, students will be introduced to key gaming concepts and learn basic game development and writing skills. Student will also gain an understanding of the current gaming landscape and will be required to conceive and develop a concept for a gaming project and present it in the appropriate professional format.
Detailed Information FLTV20011
|VCA Elective Elective||12.5|
Detailed Information Handbook
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
|Screenwriting Practices 2BCore||25|
Screenwriting Practices 2B
Through a series of workshops, screenings, readings, tutorials and creative practice, students build on screenwriting skills learned in Screen Practices 1A, 1B and 2A, with a focus on understanding and writing genre for the screen media. Students develop a basic working knowledge of the conventions used in various well known screen genres and how, and to what creative effect, they are used by screenwriters. Students are required to write at least one script that is anchored in the conventions a particular genre.BFA (Screenwriting) students continue to undertake some filmmaking activities with the BFA (FTV) directing students, with a view to nurturing creative teams and promoting a pragmat...
Detailed Information FLTV20017
|Screen Culture and Aesthetics 2Core||12.5|
Screen Culture and Aesthetics 2
Screen Culture and Aesthetics 2 is the study of screen culture and history with a particular emphasis on critical study for practical filmmakers. Through lectures, discussion and screenings, students will be given familiarity with film makers that have challenged the assumptions of conventional narrative and produced new approaches: introduces students to the underlying determining influences of a range of subtexts including those based on myth, gender, psychoanalysis and ideologies. Students will apply their knowledge by reflecting critically on their own production work and the work of fellow students. This subject includes an embedded program in academic literacy skills of analysis, di...
Detailed Information FLTV20010
|Writing for the Youth Screen MarketCore||12.5|
Writing for the Youth Screen Market
This subject introduces students to the world of writing screen product for children, tweens and young teenagers with a focus on youth television. Through a series of workshops, presentations and screenings, students will gain insight into what makes successful kid’s programming and will develop an understanding of the current youth screen landscape, ie, what kids watch and how they are watching it. Students will be required to develop and write a script for the youth market and present it in the appropriate professional format.
Detailed Information FLTV20018
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
|Screenwriting Practices 3Core||50|
Screenwriting Practices 3
Through a series of workshops, tutorials, studio work, networking events, screenings and self motivated writing periods, students in this subject will consolidate and advance already acquired professional skills and knowledge gained in Years 1 and 2 of the BFA (Screenwriting). Students will write at least one major screen project (max length of any individual project = 50 minutes or 1 x TV hour) to a professional second draft standard. Students will attend industry lectures and crew on FTV directing student productions in order to gain a wider understanding of screen industry practices. Students will be mentored by professional writers in small groups for their major work, and will also p...
Detailed Information FLTV30014
|Screen Culture and Aesthetics 3Core||12.5|
Screen Culture and Aesthetics 3
Screen Culture and Aesthetics 3 is the advanced study of screen culture and history with a particular emphasis on critical study for practical screenwriters and directors. Through lectures, discussion and screenings, students rigorously investigate filmmakers that have challenged the assumptions of conventional narrative with a particular emphasis on performance. The subject investigates a range of performance styles including the body, the voice, melodrama, realism, method, Brecht etc. Specific attention is given to the problems of performance for filmmakers. Students will apply their knowledge by reflecting critically on their own production work and the work of fellow students.. This...
Detailed Information FLTV30011
Through a series of workshops, tutorials, discussions and screenings, students will be introduced to writing adapted material for the screen. Students will take part in a script tutorial development process, both giving and receiving critical feedback from their peers. Drawing from professional skills and knowledge gained in previous years, students will be required to adapt and write a high quality and engaging short screen product.
Detailed Information FLTV30015
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
|Attachment or Research ProjectCore||12.5|
Attachment or Research Project
Students are able to choose an industry attachment or a substantial research document that prepares the student for a career within the entertainment industry. Students who choose an attachment will be expected to find a screenwriting relevant attachment for a period of 2 - 4 weeks. This will be off-campus depending on the location of the attachment. The attachment exercise will be completed with the delivery of a report by the student. The research document, if chosen, will be of substantial weight. Students will be required to nominate an area of research relevant to screenwriting and to research and write a paper interrogating their area of enquiry. Either choice will require students ...
Detailed Information FLTV30016
Students undertaking this subject will gain knowledge of business practices involved in pursuing a career in screenwriting. Through workshops and presentations, students will engage with industry professionals in order to develop an understanding of opportunities and potential pathways within the industry. Students will develop a personal strategic plan for engaging with the industry, with reference to their own creative projects and career objectives. Students will assist in creating a graduate work ‘showcase’ intended to introduce them, and their work, to the industry.
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