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Professional Scriptwriting: Screenplays for Film and Television


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The Professional Scriptwriting: Screenwriting for Film and Television course can help you take your idea for a film or television script, to the big screen.

This course will help you to understand screenwriting and write a simple synopsis. You will learn the key elements of a screenplay and how to develop characters, write effective dialogue, incorporate screen devises, market and launch your story.

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The film and television industry invests an enormous amount of money in new scripts every year, because a successful release at the box office can mean huge profits for the investors.

Consider this: box office revenues for Australia in just one year were around one billion dollars; in the United States they were around nine billion dollars. That's a lot of money in any country. But it's not news, the film industry is big business and everyone knows it. High demand screenwriters can now earn between $2 million and $2.5 million a script.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Certificate in Media (Film and Television Scriptwriting)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments
Nationally recognised

Career opportunities

  • Television Producer/Director
  • Field Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Television Presenter
  • TV/Movie Extra, Runner
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter for TV/Film/Video

Course units

Unit 1 - Introduction to Screenwriting

Reading 1 - The World of Screenwriting

What is Screenwriting?
Working as a Scriptwriter
Scriptwriting Opportunities
Starting with an Idea
Project Research
Stages of Scriptwriting
Useful Resources

Reading 2 - Key Elements of Screenwriting

Structure in Screenwriting
Point of View
Developing Characters
Writing Dialogue
Screen Devices

Reading 3 - Developing and Writing a Script

Selecting and Researching Your Theme
Writing the Synopsis and Character Notes
Writing the Treatment
The Drafting Process

Unit 2 - Writing and Marketing Your Screenplay

Reading 1 - Writing Your Short Screenplay

Establishing Your Script Structure
Developing Your Characters
Screen Devices
Screen Formats
Considering Your Audience

Reading 2 - Marketing Your Screenplay

Networking For Success
Marketing Your Television Script
Marketing Your Feature Screenplay
Making a Pitch
Scriptwriting For Non-Broadcast

Reading 3 - Writing Your Longer Screenplay

Launching Your Idea
Preparing To Write
Writing Your Proposal
Writing Your Treatment
Scene Breakdown
Writing The First Draft
Writing The Second Draft
The End Result

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Student reviews

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard, 7th December 2014

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