Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting - 10678NAT
DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
Are you ready to enter the screenwriting profession? This course 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.
RMIT is the place to study for screenwriters wanting to break into the industry. It is also the place where filmmakers and production companies look for trained, talented and creative new writers.
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 course 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 courses 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 course 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 course 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 course’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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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
2 years full-time
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Program code: C6160
National curriculum code: 10678NAT
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 course provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a screenwriter, editor, online writer/editor, research assistant, story editors, script editors, writers/producers, copywriters, script developers (in digital media and advertising), screenwriting teachers/tutors and script assessors.
There are no minimum academic requirements.
Applications will be accepted until Friday 3 July 2020 unless places are filled earlier.
Semester 2, 2020
- complete and submit the Screenwriting selection task. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
- attend an interview (some applicants).
- If further information is needed to make a selection decision, you will be invited via email to attend an interview.
- Some applicants will be selected based on their selection task and will not be required to attend an interview.
The selection task requires:
- a statement outlining your writing background and interest in screenwriting (maximum 500 words)
- a 2000 word sample of original writing. This can be a short script, a screen story outline and related sample dialogue scenes, or a piece of creative writing.
- any other material you think will support your application. This may include a list of published work, CV, written references, a URL to a website or blog etc.
Semester 1, 2021
Selection task details and submission dates will be available on 2 August 2020.
This course offers pathway into further study at RMIT
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree and helping you get the degree you want.
Graduates of this course will be eligible for exemptions from the courses below, subject to meeting the entry requirements. For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
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.
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$6,750* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$15,250* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
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.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
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 2020 is $308.
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.