THEA521 Writing for Performance: Stage and Screen

Updated: 12 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions THEA321

offered in even-numbered years

Microsoft Word is sufficient for playwriting tasks. For screenwriting components, students can either format in Word, or download the free Celtx software program, or choose to purchase Final Draft.

Combined Units THEA321 - Writing for Performance: Stage and Screen
Coordinator(s) Richard Jordan (
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the foundational elements of writing for performance, including the transferable skills and key differences between writing for stage and screen. Topics covered will include plotting, structure, dialogue, character, visual storytelling, script editing, and working in the stage and screen industries.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an applied comprehensive knowledge of different stage and screen narratives, structures, and genres;
  2. apply advanced expertise, independent creative thinking, and critical evaluation to the development of their own scripts, tailoring work to a particular medium;
  3. demonstrate advanced skills in writing dialogue and scenes within a clear structure incorporating character, action and ideas;
  4. apply a complex understanding of the relationship between text and performance and script and production; and
  5. apply expert creative judgement and critical analysis to their own outputs and the work of others.