Screenwriting (CAEL3007)


The Screenwriting Elective focuses on narrative script development by providing students with the tools of constructing "story" through characterisation, active language, succinct visuals and plot. Students will, in consultation with the Academic Advisor, develop three to four drafts of a screenplay for a 5-7 minute film. The elective provides for the development and enhancement of skills through group critiques of casting and work-shopped readings of the students' own draft screenplays at regular intervals during the semester. Students are expected to produce a final draft screenplay for assessment in week 15.

Further unit of study information


Lecture and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60hrs


1x assessment task in week 4, 5 or 6 (20%) and 1x15 min oral examination of presentation of studio projects (80%) in week 15

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


MSTD2581 or MSTD2582 or MSTD3581 or MSTD3582

Study this unit outside a degree

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.