Courses - Faculty of Arts


Screen Production

Stage II

SCREEN 200
15 Points

Foundations of Screen Production

Students will be exposed to the concepts, working methods and technical aspects of narrative screen production (drama and documentary). Through a series of workshops, exercises and lectures, students will be instructed in basics of production, cinematography, editing, and the broad technical skills required to create well-crafted, proficiently made, time-based projects for the screen.

Prerequisite: 30 points from COMMS 100, FTVMS 100, 101, MEDIA 101 and Academic Head or nominee approval

SCREEN 201
15 Points

Storytelling for Screen

Students will be exposed to the conceptual and practical aspects of constructing a narrative (fiction and non-fiction) for screen.

Prerequisite: 30 points from COMMS 100, FTVMS 100, 101, MEDIA 101 and Academic Head or nominee approval

SCREEN 202
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage III

SCREEN 300
15 Points

Documentary Video Making

A practical production course in which students work individually and in groups to develop, shoot and edit short documentaries.

Prerequisite: SCREEN 200, 201 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: FTVMS 301

SCREEN 301
15 Points

Screenplay Writing

A practical screenwriting course in which students work individually to write screenplays for dramatic short films.

Prerequisite: SCREEN 200, 201 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: FTVMS 303

SCREEN 302
15 Points

Creating Serial Narratives

Enables students to create scripted narratives for television or the web. Examines the history of serial and episodic narratives as well as the current audiences and platforms for both broad and niche shows. Students will conceive, write and produce a serialised narrative.

Prerequisite: SCREEN 200, 201 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: FTVMS 311

SCREEN 303
15 Points

Working with Performers for Screen

An intensive study of working methods for directing performance of both actors and non-actors as well as non-fiction subjects.

Prerequisite: SCREEN 200, 201 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

SCREEN 304
15 Points

Special Topic

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

SCREEN 700
30 Points

Screenwriting Project

Considers the short film script with a focus on the practice and principles of dramatic screenwriting, including industry format and narrative structure. By developing a script for a 5-8 minute film in stages, students will practice creative writing, script development, and pitching while also learning skills related to production management, proposal writing, and preparing and scheduling a low-budget production.

Restriction: SCREEN 702, 705

SCREEN 701
30 Points

Introduction to Directing

Provides students with a practical overview of the drama and documentary production process from a director's point of view. Students are taken through pre-production, production and post-production on a series of group projects, as well as their own 2-minute short film. Emphasises the importance of directing style, character and story alongside acquiring practical skills. Students are encouraged to critique their own work as well as the work of their classmates.

Restriction: FTVMS 750

SCREEN 702
15 Points

Production Management

Examines the multiple production roles that exist in film and television production from the producer to the production manager. Students will learn EP Scheduling, budgeting, safety management, casting and general production management skills to aid them in the production process and be introduced to the process of 'creative producing', including copyright purchasing, identifying appropriate and likely funding sources and market positioning.

Restriction: FTVMS 754

SCREEN 705
15 Points

Screenwriting

Considers the short film script with a focus on dramatic writing. Studies a range of short films as a way of understanding this aesthetic form. Designed as a high-intensity, immersion experience in the principles of scriptwriting. Students will write two short scripts beginning with a 2-minute script with minimal dialogue and complete the course with a fully developed 10-minute script for a short film.

Restriction: FTVMS 758

SCREEN 709
15 Points

Directed Study

Restriction: FTVMS 763

SCREEN 710
15 Points

Special Topic

SCREEN 711
15 Points

Special Topic

SCREEN 712
30 Points

Advanced Drama Directing

Focuses on the directing of actors for screen, and the relationship between this and blocking for camera. Students direct in front of the class and create a short piece of work as a group using improvisation. Students first focus on directing and presenting a 10-minute excerpt from a play and then direct and edit an original dramatic short film of 8-10 minutes. Crewing on fellow students' projects is a compulsory requirement.

Prerequisite: SCREEN 701

Restriction: FTVMS 752, SCREEN 703

SCREEN 713
30 Points

Advanced Documentary Directing

Students complete a major treatment/script, an interview exercise, an editing exercise, and a completed documentary of 10-12 minutes. For the latter project, the course convener functions like an executive producer, overseeing and critiquing the documentaries as they progress. Emphasis is placed on aesthetic and formal approaches to the documentary and the class will draw extensively on documentary history.

Restriction: COMMS 713, FTVMS 753, SCREEN 704

SCREEN 714
30 Points

Advanced Screenwriting: Drama

Focuses on screenplay writing for feature films. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will take individual feature-length projects from pitch to step outline. The course emphasises plot, structure, character, and dialogue. Students will also gain skills in analysing screenplays and writing treatments.

Prerequisite: SCREEN 705 or equivalent

Restriction: FTVMS 759, SCREEN 706

SCREEN 715
30 Points

Directed Study

Directed research on a selected topic.

SCREEN 797A
60 Points

SCREEN 797B
60 Points

Production Project

The production of a substantial project in which the student specialises as director, writer, or producer completing either a documentary (approximately 30 minutes), a short dramatic film (approximately 10-15 minutes) or a feature length screenplay (80-110 pages). Students are required to attend a seminar series conducted by academic staff and industry practitioners in Semester One. Crewing on fellow students' projects is also required.

Prerequisite: Approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: FTVMS 776, SCREEN 720

To complete this course students must enrol in SCREEN 797 A and B

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