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Industry Certificate: Script Assessment

This twelve week, part-time course is designed to train you to think analytically and critically about screenwriting and stories, within the current market context. You will learn the practical skills to begin working in script assessment and development roles within the Australian screen industry.

You’ll be introduced to the common principles that underpin successful screenwriting, investigate some of the approaches to developing film and television that exist within our industry, and learn how to apply those skills to story analysis. The course will focus primarily on how to think critically about screenwriting, in all forms, and how to turn that analysis into useful feedback. Course participants will learn how to write effective Script Coverage for an employer, Script Assessments for a Funding Agency and write script notes to provide guidance for a Producer or Screenwriter.

Taught by Christopher Sharp, who has significant recent experience working in script assessment and development, the course will also feature a number of industry guests.

Learn to evaluate a screenplay and deliver effective script notes for a feature film, television series, or short form work to share with the producer or writer of the work.

Get the skills to write script coverage in a short turnaround time, with commercially focused feedback.

Practise writing correctly formatted Script Assessment reports for a state funding agency.

Is the Industry Certificate: Script Assessment right for you?

To be successful in Script Development or Assessment you need to be able to recognise writing talent, while at the same time apply your industry knowledge of what works for audiences and what the market is looking for. In reading a screenplay for the first time, an Assessor or Developer will both assess the market potential and consider ways in which the story can be improved.

You must have experience with storytelling to get the most from this course as there will be an assumed level of knowledge in relation to storytelling and writing. It is suitable for practitioners who have screenwriting experience, for creative producers, authors, playwrights and development executives with industry exposure.

By the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed all assessments will have the tools to take on junior level development roles, work as a freelance script assessor, or apply the knowledge acquired during the course to their own work within the screen industry.

If you have no industry experience or exposure we suggest you complete some practical screenwriting courses before thinking about this course.

This course is only open to 18+.


If you are interested in learning how to write for the screen, we have several courses: Intro to Screenwriting, Screenwriting Intensive, Writing for TV intensive, Narrative Comedy Intensive plus two 100% online courses – Screenwriting for Film online and Writing a TV Series: online.

We also have a two day Script Assessment course which is taught by the same tutor, and is an introduction to the area.

If you are an experienced screenwriter you may consider applying for our Master In Screen Arts.

Meet Your Tutors

Christopher Sharp

Christopher is a story developer and producer. He has worked in senior development roles for production companies in Australia and…

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What you will need

This course is delivered 85% online. It begins with a three day intensive at AFTRS in Sydney. For the following 11 weeks all course delivery occurs online with weekly Zoom video lectures and discussions, scripts to report and assessment work to complete include writing coverage and reports.

Online Component
For the online components of the course you will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection for the evening Zoom Video sessions.

Course dates 2020
Enrolments Close: Mon 30th March
First Weekend: 3rd, 4th & 5th April

Zoom Sessions:
Tuesday 14th April, Monday 20th April, Monday 27th April, Monday 4th May, Monday 11th May, Monday 18th May, Monday 25th May, Monday 1st June, Tuesday 9th June, Monday 15th June.

Outside of the above hours, after the first weekend you will need to allow a minimum of 10 hours per week to complete the exercises and assessment tasks.


This course is eligible for a payment plan.
25% to confirm enrolment in the course
25% due 14 days from beginning of course
25% due by the end of week 2 of the course
25% due by the end of week 4 of the course
Note: If you enrol 14 – 1 day before course commencement, 50% payment will be required to confirm enrolment.

Industry Certificate: Script Assessment Offerings


30 Mar 2020 to 07 Jun 2020
one weekend on campus + 12 weeks online

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.


This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.

For more information and to get a copy of the course outline email: shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 223 877.