COM212 Scriptwriting (8)

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of scriptwriting for multiple media and performance environments including emerging digital spaces. Students will engage with the principles of writing for multiple platforms, scripting narrative structures, character creation and development, dialogue and storytelling. Students will develop key scripting components for a production project of their choice.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM212. 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 produce scripts that demonstrate the fundamental principles of scriptwriting across multiple media and performance environments;
  • be able to select and apply effective narrative structures to script development;
  • be able to select and apply appropriate audio and/or visual storytelling, characterisation, fictional dialogue and verbatim dialogue to script development; and
  • be able to develop scripts for emerging platforms.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Principles of scriptwriting
  • Writing for performance
  • Introduction to genres of scriptwriting
  • Script narrative structures
  • Ideas and creativity
  • Writing across platforms including television, film, theatre, radio, multimedia, chatbots and games
  • Plotting for visual media
  • Visual storytelling: fiction and non-fiction
  • Character creation and development
  • Scripting effective dialogue and use of actuality
  • Incorporation of actuality (audio and visual) in non-fiction storytelling

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM212 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Writing discoveries + project proposal
Scriptwriting project + collaborative practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.