DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
Next intakeNot applicable
This program provides specialist training in writing for film, television and digital media across all genres. While encouraging you to develop your creative strengths, it exposes you to the professional screenwriting environment including the structure of local and international industries, professional practice and career management.
All lecturers are industry experienced and are actively involved in writing, production or media. Guest speakers from industry share their knowledge and experience, and all students have the opportunity to work with mentors from leading media companies and on all types of productions.
Graduates from the program can expect to work in diverse roles, ranging from screenwriters or editors to script developers in digital media or advertising.
Teaching staff members are all industry professionals, actively engaged in the business of screenwriting across the entire production spectrum. You will also have the opportunity to work with mentors in leading media and production companies on a range of projects.
While you can write in any location, at RMIT you will be surrounded by a strong community of writers who immerse themselves in their practice.
All programs are delivered in English. You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
You will be required to complete 35 hours minimum of professional work/integrated learning in your second year. Past students have completed work placements at the ABC; gained internships with FremantleMedia, working on TV shows such as Neighbours; and worked with a host of commercial television production companies.
This program maintains active links with all areas of the Victorian and Australia-wide film, television and digital media industry, especially through its strong Program Advisory Committee consisting of:
- Jenni Tosi – Chief Executive Officer, Film Victoria
- Susan Bower – Writer and Freelance Producer
- Mark Poole – Writer and Director
- Brett Sleigh – Development Manager, ABC Fiction
- Deb Parsons – Freelance Screenwriter
- Shaun Topp – Associate Script Producer, Seven Productions
- Tim Ferguson – Writer and Producer
- Chris Roach – Freelance Screenwriter and Script Editor
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You may complete your industry placement in Australia or overseas. Many staff members who teach in the program have worked overseas, allowing them to share their global perspective and experience to broaden your knowledge of the screenwriting industry.
RMIT’s Global Experience Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
This program immerses you in the Australian and international professional screenwriting environment. You’ll learn about the makeup of local and international industries and about the business of professional practice. You will also learn an audience-centred approach to marketing your own projects and a savvy approach to career management.
The program’s industry links ensure that on completion, you’ll be in a strong position to secure employment as a screenwriter in the film and television industry.
Gain a comprehensive grounding in writing for film, television and digital media.
Develop your own creative strengths through specialist training across a wide range of genres. You’ll learn about the local and international film and television industries, as well as how to work professionally, market your projects and manage your career.
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Program code: C6125
National curriculum code: 10308NAT
The need for professional writers has increased since the growth of new TV channels, the expansion of the film industry in Australia and the increase in number of independent production companies. Many of our graduates find employment with established companies but many also undertake freelance work.
This program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as:
- online writer/editor
- research assistant
- story editors
- script editors
- copywriters/script developers in digital media and advertising
- screenwriting teachers/tutors
- script assessors
- complete and submit the 2017 Screenwriting pre-selection kit.
- attend an interview (some applicants). If you are required to attend you will be contacted via email.
Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit. These applicants are not required to attend an interview.
The pre-selection kit comprises:
- A statement of up to 500 words outlining your interest in screenwriting and
- a Writing sample of 2000 word of original writing. This can be a screen story outline and related sample dialogue scenes, or a piece of creative writing.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.