Faculty of Arts


Screenplay Writing

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SCREEN 301.


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

Course Objectives:

  • To introduce you to the fundamentals and principles of dramatic writing for screen
  • To demonstrate effective modes of storytelling within fictional shorts
  • To expose you to the "industry-standard" formats essential for a screenplay writer
  • To familiarise you with various professional aspects of screenplay writing. This includes working collegially and maintaining deadlines
  • To help you understand and explore the dynamics of constructive criticism also known as the "development process" in the film and television industry
  • To make you aware of local and international funding and distribution opportunities for short films

Provisional class limits information for 2018: Enrolment is limited to 20 students. Students must have successfully completed SCREEN 200 and 201. Selection will also be made based on the qualitative assessment of a 250-word statement.

This class has limited places in order to allow for adequate attention to each student. It is workshop based with project based writing/reading. Also as part of the SCREEN 3xx program it must align with attendance in other courses to maintain parity and student scheduling. 

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Shuchi Kothari


SCREEN 301: 15.0 points


SCREEN 200, 201 and approval of Academic Head or nominee



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