Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Writing Portfolio
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Tutorials are scheduled at regular intervals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio of writing:  Outline/Series Bible/or comparable  Outline/ Series Bible; plus script/s (maximum 90 pages in length)   100%
Semester Assessment Critical Reflection  10%
Supplementary Assessment Resit of portfolio  Resubmission of writing portfolio, ideas notebook etc. Resit of above when necessary and in accordance with the conditions and timetable set by the university.  on different topic or with different creative structure.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Display a transferable, systematic understanding of the task of formulating a script topic and a suitable methodology
2. Design and implement some securely grounded, comprehensive creative writing procedures
3. Relate their work to a broad range of up-to-date knowledge and / or practice in their chosen fields
4. To present their work in an appropriate manner.


This module will develop the students' understanding of the practice of media writing pertinent to their chosen field of specialty while demonstrating a systematic awareness of the practical mode in which they are working.
The module allows students to apply the information they compiled in Semester Two's TFM2720 Research Project. (Genre, Individual Research).

Brief description

1. Students will develop a final, substantial, professionally developed piece of writing. The writing produced will depend on their strand (Film or Broadcast) and their chosen genre or format. The Script will be accompanied by an outline / series bible. Although it is not as easy to place a uniform word limit on creative writing the script should be a maximum of 90 pages in length.
2. Students will be matched with an appropriate supervisor and required to work independently with regular tutorials.


Students will specialise in one genre, building on the structures they have learned in Semester One and the research they have carried out in Semester Two. This module requires students to apply all that they have learned to produce a substantial portfolio of professional-quality writing. This will consist of (1) an outline or series bible (depending on their medium) and (2) a script or scripts (depending on length; maximum length of 90 pages) .

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Written communication skills are at the heart of all the work a student does.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches.
Information Technology Students will be required to make full use of the library facilities, web research, and master the computer-based script formats.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will come into contact with industry professionals through the course of their research, and will develop new skills within a particular genre, which will aid them in future career planning. Students also attend one lecture on career planning and employment skills.
Problem solving Not directly assessed
Research skills Research plays a significant part in this module.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Binchy, Maeve (2005) The Writer's and Artist's Yearbook A & C Black Primo search Dyja, Eddie (ed) (2005) BFI Film ans Television Handboook 2005 Primo search Friedmann, Julian (1995) How to Make Money Scriptwriting Boxtree Primo search Langham, Josephine Lights, Camera, Action: Careers in Film and Television and Video BFI Publishing Primo search Trottier, D., (1998) The Screenwriter's Bible: a complete guide to writing, formatting and selling your script Sillman-James Primo search Turner, B. (ed) (2004) The Writer's Handbook Macmillan (Annual) Primo search A. The reading list will be largely cutomised depeding on the specific subject area. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7