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FSP2004 Scriptwriting

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in FSP2004 if FTR1006 has been previously completed.


This is an intermediate course in the Film program. Students outside this area may take this course an elective.
The aim of this course is to develop student’s skills and knowledge as a professional script writer for the film industry. Writing scripts is an authentic assessment outcome for this course. Scriptwriting is a fundamental skill required in the film and television industries. This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge of storytelling principles and scriptwriting practice in the context of cinematic arts. The course enriches the student's comprehension of the creative process necessary for the generation of original and adapted fiction and non-fiction works. This course is designed to complement courses with practical cinematic outcomes.

Students are introduced to a range of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to various genres of storytelling and scriptwriting practices. Students learn to apply the various processes involved in developing story ideas into script form. Students build technical, analytical and research skills within narrative, story, character, dialogue and scene development. Students will conceptualise and develop basic original stories, generate outlines and write scripts from original and adapted fiction and non-fiction stories in order to develop a good understanding and practice of the writer's methods in storytelling as it relates to the cinema industry. Students are encouraged to research concepts, techniques and skills in order to apply and develop their understanding of storytelling and screenplay practice.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023