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Industry Certificate: Script Assessment

This twelve week, part-time course – delivered entirely online – 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 script notes to provide guidance for a producer or screenwriter.

Taught by Sally Chesher, 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 write 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 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 judge 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 those aged 18+.


We have a two-day Script Assessment Workshop which is taught by the same lecturer, Sally Chesher, and is an introduction to the area.

If you are interested in learning how to write for the screen, we have several courses: Intro to ScreenwritingScreenwriting for Film and Writing a TV Series, which are all delivered online, plus our Screenwriting Intensive.

If you are an experienced screenwriter you may consider applying for the Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting.

Meet Your Tutors

Sally Chesher

Sally has a long track record of story development and producing across many genres and platforms. She has worked at…

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What you will need

This course is delivered 100% online through our online learning environment, Moodle. All course delivery occurs online with regular Zoom video lectures and discussions, scripts to read and weekly exercises and assessment work to complete including writing coverage and reports. You will need to allow a minimum of 10 hours per week to successfully complete the work in this course. There will be some pre-reading to do before the course.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a good internet connection for the Zoom Video sessions. Headphones are recommended.

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.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.


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 call 1300 223 877.