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CUA60615 - ADVANCED DIPLOMA
of Screen and Media

Filmmaking

Acting for Film

Screenwriting

CUA51015 - DIPLOMA
of Screen and Media

Filmmaking

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Screenwriting

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CUA60615 - Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media: Screenwriting

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Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media - Screenwriting

Overview

Behind every film and television show is a talented writer who crafts the stories that are brought to life. Screenwriting is a special skill that not only requires talent, but also a dedication and a deep understanding of story and dramatic structure.

The New York Film Academy Australia’s Screenwriting program provides an environment that brings aspiring screenwriters to a point where they can meet the standards of the industry. New York Film Academy Australia delivers the nationally recognised program CUA60615 - Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media with selected subjects focusing on screenwriting. Students learn through taking action, writing intensively, completing several projects, and listening to constructive peer and professor evaluations.

A PROGRAM UNLIKE ANY OTHER

By the end of the course, each student will have written a feature-length screenplay, as well as original content for television, while learning the core principles behind screenwriting, story generation, and the vast film and television industry.

Since creating a film does not happen in a vacuum, students also get a taste of other aspects of filmmaking, such as acting, pitching, and even editing. This provides a real-world atmosphere to the program and provides a clearer view of where the screenwriters fit into the equation.

This unique experience will not only show you how to properly craft a story, but also allows you to exit the academy with the skills necessary to produce, pitch, and sell your ideas.

CUA60615 - ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA - SCREENWRITING: SUBJECTS

Students take a wide variety of screenwriting classes, covering everything from story generation, writing for television vs. film, to film history, the business of screenwriting, and new media. Contact hours include in-class instruction as well as instructor-supervised writing workshops, where students gain hands-on experience learning tried and true techniques that will prepare them for the industry. All of this is done under the guidance of expert instructors who are active professionals in their fields.

CUA60615 - ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA - SCREENWRITING: PROJECTS

In addition to the program's coursework, students will complete a multitude of projects over the course of the program that help them develop professional-level skills, working on everything from short exercises to full-fledged screenplays, and even short film productions. Students can expect to complete projects that address the following ideas and concepts:
  • Two Feature Screenplays*
  • Two Television Screenplays and/or full concepts*
  • Pitchfest: Workshopping pitching techniques with industry professionals
  • Film and Media Production
  • The Business of Screenwriting
  • Transmedia creation and development
    *When combined with the CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media - Screenwriting.

CUA60615 - ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA - SCREENWRITING: PRE-REQUISITES FOR ADMISSION

Successful completion of the NYFA Australia CUA51015 - Diploma of Screen and Media programs (coursework — screenwriting focus) or equivalent.

CUA60615 - ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA - SCREENWRITING: APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested students are to submit the following, prior to attending a panel interview:
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Creative Portfolio
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A Formal Interview Process





Course Descriptions

Business of Screenwriting I
Advanced Writing for Television I
Advanced Feature I
Genre
Advanced Writing for Television II
Business of Screenwriting II
Advanced Feature II
Transmedia

Business of Screenwriting I

  CUAPPR603 - Engage in the business of creative practice, CUAPPR502 - Develop own sustainable professional practice
Business of Screenwriting I introduces students to the practices of the film and television industry from a business perspective. Students learn about the ever-expanding role of the screenwriter in the process and business of filmmaking, and how it applies to them. They will learn the crucial skill of collaboration at an advanced level, as well as how to give and receive feedback and write ‘script coverage’. They will explore aspects of the entertainment industry from a market perspective and learn the tools of the trade such as market analysis, pitching, building a profile, and how to get their work made.
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Advanced Writing for Television I

  CUAPPR605 - Evolve ideas for professional creative work, BSBINN502 - Build and sustain an innovative work environment
In Advanced Writing for Television I students will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Writing for Television I (CUA Diploma) by deepening student familiarity with the half-hour comedy format, and working through the process of creating an original half-hour comedy television series from scratch.
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Advanced Feature I

  BSBMKG516 - Profile international markets, CUAPPR602 Collaborate in professional creative projects
In Advanced Writing the Feature I, students will build on existing writing skills and further explore character and genre in relation to the feature film format, while working in the collaborative environment of a simulated writers’ room, producing and improving high quality concepts, treatments, and other screenwriting materials on schedule.
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Genre

  BSBCRT601 - Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity *
Genre and storytelling are critical studies focused on exploring different genres of film. Through out-of-class screenings, lectures, and discussions, as well as in-class scene breakdowns, students will begin to identify the models and audience expectations of different genres, starting from broad categories like comedy and drama before moving into more specific genres like adventure, horror, and romantic comedies.
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Advanced Writing for Television II

  CUAWRT602 - Edit scripts, CUADRT601 - Establish the creative vision for screen productions
In Advanced Writing for Television II students will build on the knowledge and skills gained in their CUA Diploma foundation studies, as well as Advanced Writing for Television I by deepening their familiarity with the one-hour television drama industry and format and different styles of writing, and work through the process of creating an original one-hour drama television series from scratch.
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Business of Screenwriting II

  BSBMKG510 Plan e-marketing communications, CUAIND601 - Work professionally in creative arts industry
Business of Screenwriting II builds on knowledge gained in previous semesters regarding the practices of the film and television industry from a business perspective. Students learn about the ever-expanding role of the screenwriter in the process and business of filmmaking, and how it applies to them. They will learn the crucial skill of collaboration at an advanced level, as well as how to give and receive feedback and write ‘script coverage’. They will explore aspects of the entertainment industry from a market perspective, and learn the tools of the trade such as market analysis, pitching, building a profile, and how to get their work made.
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Advanced Feature II

  CUAWRT601 - Write Scripts, BSBWRT501 - Write persuasive copy
In Advanced Feature II, students will build on existing writing skills and further explore character and genre in relation to the feature film format, while working in the pressured and nurturing environment of a simulated writers’ room, producing a high-quality, polished draft script of a feature film on schedule. Students will also be required to commit to in-depth examination and analysis of different industry-accepted storytelling theories and explore how they can each be applied to their work. This will give students insight into different approaches to story, and allow them to find the theories they feel most connect to their own storytelling style and work.
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Transmedia

  BSBADV602 – Develop an Advertising Campaign, CUAPPM603 – Plan and Manage Film and Media Pre-Production
This course introduces students to the Transmedia landscape, and helps them develop the tools required to create advertisements across a variety of promotional platforms and use preliminary production practices in the creation of a project. Students will develop their own concept and use it as a basis for Transmedia marketing campaigns, strategies, and production planning. Students will develop a range of supplementary media, as well as plan and manage pre-production schedules to ensure the production success and viability of the web series/TV pilot/sitcom.
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