Master of Screenwriting

The University of Melbourne

This program is designed for those who have a desire to write audience-engaged stories for a visual medium and for people wishing to work as professional screenwriters. On completion of the course students will have: developed screenwriting skills for national and international screenwriting industries; become confident with writing and rewriting screenplays; demonstrated an ability to develop concepts and ideas into screenplays using research methodologies; gained experience in giving and receiving critical feedback; developed craft skills needed for employment in the film, television and allied industries; complete a third or final draft of a feature length screenplay or television bible and script; and more.

Course Fee:

Australian: $35,282
International: $49,386

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification with weighted average mark of at least 65% over the final two years; or equivalence by five years of work experience related to film and television, with evidence of artistic ability and achievement or practice comparable to that expected of undergraduate degree holders in relevant disciplines; written selection test, creative writing folio submission of between 1000 and 2000 words; short synopses for two ideas you may develop during the course; interview.

Structure:

150 credit points delivered over 18 months full time. Subjects include: Cinematic Writing; Writing for Television; Storytelling Workshop; Major Screenwriting Project; Script Development Hothouse; Writing and Rewriting; Business of Screenwriting.

Subjects you can Study:

Screenwriting

Who for:

Those who have a desire to tell audience-driven stories via a visual medium

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Related Careers:

Writer,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Southbank No info No Full time 1.5 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.

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At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.

 

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