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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)

    • CRICOS Code: 093587J
    • VTAC Code: 3800639081
    • International VTAC Code: 3800639083

    The experience

    Overview

    Industry focused

    This experience develops a wider industry perspective and helps you to form creative partnerships that form the basis of your future career.

    Experiential based education

    The BFA (Screenwriting) provides an immersive and experiential studio-based education, focusing on the origination and development of stories for the screen.

    With the creative, collaborative and technical skills gained, you'll be optimally placed to make a significant impact in the national and international creative industries.

    Develop your unique voice

    There is a strong emphasis on developing your individual creative voice, while learning to speak effectively and freshly to an audience. As a Screenwriting graduate, you'll complete a deeply personal, artistically transformational, and highly professional course of development.

    Round-out your studies

    Undertaking elective subjects offered by other VCA schools, or by the wider University community, gives you the opportunity to investigate the generation of original creative work in other arts disciplines, or the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of current issues and debates in non-arts based fields.

    Meet Hannah Samuel, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting)

    Hannah Samuel graduated in Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015 and is now Office Coordinator at Matchbox Pictures. She shares her thoughts on what it’s like to love what you do, and offers some tips to budding screenwriters.

    Hannah Samuel at Matchbox Pictures. By Sav Schulman.
    Hannah Samuel at Matchbox Pictures. By Sav Schulman.

    "Studying screenwriting comes with its challenges. It’s a time-consuming degree, the hours are long and you need to spend hours on top of that, outside uni, writing, reading and watching. But can cramming in the last 50 years of cinema into your weekend really be considered homework?"

    I loved my cohort and the teachers. We watched movies and dissected them on a Thursday morning. We had tutorials made up of four people, where we shared our scripts and became so invested in each other’s work that these alternate worlds became part of my university experience. We learned from each other and grew together – and I can’t wait to work with those people in the future. We were instilled with a drive and work ethic that made us believe we could actually make a career out of our passions."

    My highlight was when I broke the table in the cafeteria in my first week and everyone lost their lunches, all because I thought it would be easier to climb over the table, rather than get up and walk around. But really, the highlight of my degree would be producing my graduate film WOOF! which was written and directed by fellow Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television) student Nina Buxton. The process taught me so much and watching it surrounded by family and friends on the big screen at ACMI was definitely the highlight of my three years."

    The VCA taught me to make the most of opportunities, to work hard, and that networking is one of the most important skills to have. It also taught me to be prepared. Things often don’t work out so you have to keep at it and be in it for the long-run.

    To budding screenwriters, I’d say feedback is everything and you need to learn how to take it and give it. Write as much as you can and listen to the feedback of your peers and teachers. Email writers you like and ask them to meet up for coffee, pick the brains of those around you. Make the most of the support you’re given and create creative partnerships for the future."