Course Details


Bachelor Degree

Course Location


The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Screenwriting

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

The Bachelor of Arts (Screenwriting) is one of nine specializations available within this degree delivered by the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). It is designed for those who have the desire and talent to write audience-driven stories for the screen. You will study the many facets of screenwriting through lectures, classes, screenings and practice-based exercises, including cinematic and television writing; writing for the youth market; adaptation; writing for games; and web content. Housed in the School of Film and Television, this degree lives alongside the school’s other degrees in directing and producing for live-action fiction, animation and documentary. See for details.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) requires the successful completion of 300 credit points comprising 100 points of study at first, second and third year levels. There are 275 points in core subjects and 25 points in electives. Students can choose an elective from another artistic discipline within the VCA, or from a range of undergraduate subjects from across the University.


  • Screenwriting Practices 1A
  • Industry Perspectives
  • Pictures,Sounds,Words
  • Screenwriting Practices 1B
  • Screen Culture and Aesthetics 1
  • Gaming and the Writer
  • plus more

Standard entry requirements

Units 3 and 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL. Selection is talent-based and may include a test and interview. Full admission criteria are available at


The Victorian College of the Arts has partnerships with over 30 leading arts institutions around the world, including the Universities 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks. The VCA is also a member of: Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS); Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA); College of Art Association, US (affiliate member); and International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT).

Study pathways

Qualified graduates may progress to an additional year to qualify for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting) (Honours), and/or to a range of master degrees leading to research programs.