COM212 Scriptwriting (8)


In this subject students are introduced to the fundamentals of scriptwriting as they apply to multiple media and performance environments. Students will engage with principles of writing across multiple platforms, scripting narrative structures, character creation and development, scripting dialogue and storytelling for visual and audio environments. In addititon students will develop key scripting components for a production project of their choice.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
Session 3
OnlineBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM212
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students in at least the 2nd year of study - enrolled in Bachelor of Communication courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of 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 and dialogue to script development


The 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 and multimedia
  • Plotting for the visual media
  • Visual storytelling
  • Character creation and development
  • Scripting effective dialogue


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.