Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Successful completion of Part 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 5 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Story Outline  30%
Semester Assessment Critical Appraisal  20%
Semester Assessment First Act Script  50%
Supplementary Assessment Story Outline  30%
Supplementary Assessment Critical Appraisal  20%
Supplementary Assessment First Act Script  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a detailed working knowledge of the story structure, and the ability to choose from and adapt various established structures

Show an ability to write concise and effective description and dialogue

Display the professional attitude required of a working scriptwriter and understand the requirements placed upon the writer in the industry

Critically evaluate choices made and the creative process leading to the completed script

Brief description

Students will explore story structure by learning techniques that expand the three-act template. They will learn the skills necessary to write effective description and dialogue in scripts, and will explore television and non-broadcast script formats. Students' previous experience of scriptwriting may be through pursuing either or both of the Level 2 scripting modules or drawing upon other experience of scriptwriting encountered through production work, for example


Semester 1:

Lecture 1:

Lecture 2:
Where do ideas come from?

Lecture 3:
Guest lecture from a professional writer or a screening

Lecture 4:
Outline workshop: please bring a copy of your outline with you to class.

Lecture 5:
Will continue outline workshop. Then closing thoughts on story Structure, and on keeping a good idea alight.

Semester 2

Lecture 6:
Review of next assignment. The layout of script.

Lecture 7:
Bring along written first scene of your script.

Lecture 8:
Continue workshop 'first drafting' first scenes, reading them aloud in groups, discussing where things work and if not, why not?

Lecture 9:
Long form storytelling- soap writing.

Lecture 10:
Making a living. Strategies, possibilities.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication All assessed assignments require a high level of written communication. Lectures include segments on how to communicate effectively in these media, and the overall assessment of a piece includes assessments on how well the concept has been communicated.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches. Part of the assessment for the Script is how well students have improved the work from Outline stage.
Information Technology Not assessed, although it is the Department¿s expectation that students present their work in word processed format.
Personal Development and Career planning Career planning is not assessed. However, it will be developed through discussion of the expectations the media places on a writer, what types of approaches to the media are construed to be professional, and what type of work is most likely to enhance the student¿s writing prospects and future employability.
Problem solving This element is not assessed directly, however, all scriptwriting involves problem solving: what type of character will best convey a particular theme? What plot devices will most effectively propel the story to the next plot point? The effectiveness with which the author has solved problems is evident in the quality of the finished product.
Research skills The element is not assessed directly, however all outlines and scripts involve some form of specialized knowledge that the student must research independently
Team work Students will have the opportunity to access and give feedback on each other¿s work.


This module is at CQFW Level 6