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Master of Screenwriting

The University of Melbourne

About the Course


  • Develop screenwriting skills for national and international screenwriting industries
  • Become confident with writing and rewriting screenplays
  • Grow concepts and ideas into screenplays using research methodology skills
  • Graduate with a third or final draft of a feature length screenplay or television bible and script.


The Master of Screenwriting 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.

Semester one is classroom-intensive and is an introduction to the many facets of screenwriting. You take part in ‘Storytelling Workshops’ which analyse the universal essentials of storytelling. You also attend lectures, classes and screenings dedicated to the craft of screenwriting and undertake intensive modules focusing on feature film and television writing.

Semester two focuses on writing a first draft of your major project.  You develop your script with the assistance of script tutorials, feedback from your lecturer and peers, and a unique script development hothouse.  During this semester you also gain skills in giving and receiving creative feedback on your scripts. A first draft feature screenplay, or a TV Bible plus episode(s) of a script, are the expected outcomes after first year.

In semester three you are expected to implement skills you have learned to focus on redrafting your major project as you complete a second or third draft.  Script tutorials plus lecturer and peer feedback is maintained throughout. In this semester, you also learn about the Australian and international screenwriting landscape.


Applicants for the Master of Screenwriting must meet the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification, with a GPA of 65% over the last two years of study; 
  • At least five years of documented relevant 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; 


The University of Melbourne has a set of English language requirements which all applicants must meet. 


In addition to your online application, you are required to:

  • Submit a Supplementary Application Form. Please note that your application will be marked as incomplete if a Supplementary Application Form is not received, allow yourself adequate time to complete all required fields.
  • As part of a Selection Test, upload samples of your written creative work (1000-2000 words) and short synopses for two ideas you may develop during your time in the course via the Supplementary Application Form. Creative writing examples do not need to be in script form; they can be in prose, short story, etc.
  • If shortlisted, attend an interview.


If you have completed studies outside of the University of Melbourne, your application must include an officially certified copy of  your academic transcripts.

  • If you have successfully finished a course, please provide evidence of completion.
  • If you are currently studying outside the University of Melbourne, please provide an official record/transcript of your current results to date. When your final results are available, please upload a certified hardcopy to your application, or send to with your ID number.


Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview

Interviews held: late November
Recorded interview (if applicable) due: to be confirmed


Interviews will be conducted at the VCA Southbank Campus in Melbourne in late November. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to discuss their creative work with an interview panel.


While we strongly recommend all shortlisted applicants to attend the interview in person, applicants from overseas or interstate may alternatively submit a recorded interview by the recorded interview due date listed above, please indicate your availability in the Supplementary Application Form.

Instructions on how to complete and submit your recorded interview will be sent to applicants after the application closing date.


The course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees


If you are an international student, you may be eligible for a range of scholarships or grants.

Please contact the School to find out more


Tuition fee information for international graduate students are detailed on the University’s Future Students website


The Faculty of VCA & MCM offers an array of scholarships available for current undergraduate students, along with a selection for those students who have completed their studies at the Faculty.

The University has a range of scholarships available to international graduate students. For comprehensive details visit the University’s Future Students website.


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