Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)

The University of Melbourne

Course details

CRICOS course code: 093587J

Level of study: Bachelor’s Degrees


The Screenwriting specialisation is designed for those who have the desire and talent to write audience-driven stories for the screen.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) is the premier screenwriting undergraduate degree in Australia. You will study the many facets of screenwriting through lectures, classes, screenings and practice-based exercises. The course covers:

Cinematic and television writing
Writing for the youth market
Writing for games
Web content

You will gain industry expertise while developing your original voice and learn to write audience-driven stories for the screen. Housed in the VCA's department of Film and Television, this degree lives alongside other degrees in directing and producing for live-action fiction, animation and documentary.

In your final year, you will also collaboratively develop and write an original web series to be directed by Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television) students. At the end of three years you’ll be equipped to write professionally for screen media, having acquired essential creative and technical skills such as generating and adapting stories for screen platforms, presenting work at a professional standard, giving and receiving constructive feedback and working in creative teams.

Breadth subjects at each year level enable you to explore cross disciplinary studies from the wider University community, accessing multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills that will build on existing knowledge or present opportunities for you to investigate and develop new interests.

You will

  • Develop your writing style for screen productions (film, television, gaming and online)
  • Write an industry standard script for a short film or television pilot
  • Acquire ability to critically and constructively critique your own and peers’ work in the context of the broader history of screen culture

Future pathways

Upon completion of the course, you may choose to apply for a fourth-year Honours degree. An honours year provides an intensive mode of study allowing you to master your specialisation and create a pathway into advanced graduate study options in acting.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) provides an immersive and experiential studio-based education, focusing on the origination and development of stories for the screen. There is a strong emphasis on developing the your individual creative voice, while underlining the need to speak effectively and freshly to an audience. The course provides training in writing for different screen-based mediums and genres, as well as the creative adaptation of work originated in other mediums. Focus is placed upon writing to a high professional standard with a view to industry standards and markets, while developing you as a unique, resilient individual, both creatively and professionally.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
32,896 Per Year
Read moreIndicative total course fee: 103,744
26 Feb 2024 3 years
Full time
Southbank Campus
234 Street Kilda Road
Melbourne Victoria 3006

Entry criteria

Completed secondary education recently (within the past two years)
Completed some or all of a higher education qualification
Completed some or all of a VET qualification

English language requirements

TOEFL – you need a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test, or a score of 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.
IELTS – you need a score of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0. Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score of between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50. Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score of 176 with no skill below 169.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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