Module title: Writing for Graphic Fiction

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP11109
Module leader: David Bishop
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Bishop
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will comprise a weekly three-hour session including tutorials, in-class group work and formative feedback (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). These sessions will provide you with the necessary information, analytical framework and creative guidance for further activities, to be undertaken independently or as part of group work (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Formative feedback will be delivered by a variety of methods - such as professional editorial feedback in a masterclass setting, and written feedback uploaded to the VLE – designed to help embed learning and prepare you for summative assessment challenge at the end of the trimester.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback delivered in a masterclass style will be given on a range of writing challenges during the trimester. A mid-trimester formative assessment offers an opportunity to receive feed forward on a shorter mock version of this module’s summative assessment task. The Formative Assessment asks you to write the script for a short graphic fiction narrative (approximately 1000 words), accompanied by a critical self-reflection (approximately 500 words). You will be asked to self-assess that work against a set of defined criteria, and to submit supporting statements as brief bullet points (approximately 500 words). You will receive written feedback uploaded to the VLE to help you prepare for the end of trimester summative assessment. (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of a creative portfolio (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, due in Week 13). For this, you will write one or more scripts (approximately 3000 words in total) for graphic fiction narratives, accompanied by a critical self-reflection (approximately 1000 words).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Face To Face Seminar 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 4000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module introduces you to and enhances your understanding of writing for the medium of graphic fiction. You will begin by developing core skills and techniques for creating graphic fiction narratives. Frequent writing challenges will help hone your critical self-reflexivity, aided by formative masterclass feedback. Visiting speakers will discuss their processes and career paths, illustrating the range of opportunities and individual approaches that flourish in this medium. You will be encouraged to forge creative partnerships enhancing your collaborative skills. Writing graphic fiction for particular markets and building challenging audience expectations is the focus during the final weeks of this module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: generate ideas for a variety of approaches to graphic fiction narrative
LO2: exercise appropriate judgement in identifying the most effective techniques for a particular graphic fiction narrative
LO3: analyse the function, limitations and possibilities of graphic fiction narratives
LO4: engage in critical self-reflection and dialogue to appraise the professional potential of your work
LO5: produce artistically ambitious and marketable short scripts for graphic fiction narratives

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