COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation (8)

This subject explores the analysis of scripts that are used in television and film and in text-based live stage performances. Taking account of the needs of actors, of television producers, and of stage and screen designers, the subject develops an understanding that informs the way that practitioners engage with script in the context of the history of performance and production. Consideration is given to the historical and cultural context of various kinds of script; the bearing of technological change on the way script is understood; genre and form; narrative and plot analysis; linguistic analysis; interpreting stage directions; and identification of main themes.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM220. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of genre conventions pertaining to stage and screen texts
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to analyse a script
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the variety of ways in which scripts have functioned in various performance traditions
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how historical and cultural context bears on the analysis of stage and screen scripts


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Narrative analysis of script
  • Character-focussed analysis of script
  • Genre analysis of script
  • Theme analysis of script
  • Situating script in its historical context


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.