Screenwriting (Documentary)

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Screenwriting (Documentary)

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Description

    Students research, write and edit scripts for various forms of factual screen production, including documentary, promotional, educational, public information and advocacy and write narration for factual screen production. They prepare scripts which can be produced successfully within the constraints imposed by the demands of clients, audience, budgets and time schedules.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. To engage students with imagination and creative skills through the writing of informative and entertaining scripts.

    2. To understand and apply different styles and techniques to the screenplay form.

    3. To critically evaluate documentary programmes.

    4. To conceptualise and engage with contemporary ideas and to realise their potential as a screenplay for a dedicated programme format.

    Content

    The focus of this course is on the conception, the research and the writing of scripts that are acceptable to a Producer or for a television programme. Students will:
    Engage with imagination and creative skills through the writing of informative and entertaining scripts.
    Understand and apply different styles and techniques to the screenplay form.
    Critically evaluate documentary programmes.
    Conceptualise and engage with contemporary ideas and to realise their potential as a screenplay for a dedicated programme format.

    Assessment Items

    Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments
    Project: Projects

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.