Core Module Information
Module title: Dramatic Story and Structure

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: CLP11129
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

Beginning with an intensive week of instruction (20 hours), you will focus on developing a critical understanding of the elements of dramatic story-telling (character, dialogue, plot, visuals, theme, etc.), language and tropes and on the varieties of dramatic structure – from simple chronological narrative to more sophisticated techniques of time-manipulation and exploitation of suspense. You will face a set of project-based challenges in order to consolidate your learning. You will have regular tutorials throughout the trimester to monitor progress and discuss ideas, and each project will have observation/mentoring time as agreed (6 hours) through weekly tutorials and rehearsals. Each of these project-based challenges will be set with increasing time requirements. Examples might include:

A two-minute opening ‘montage’ with minimal dialogue, adapted from a painting, sculpture or piece of music.
A three-minute scene adapted from a poem or short story.
A three to four-minute minute scene adapted from a current event news story
A final project scene adaptation from any source.

Projects will be produced in collaboration with directors and playwrights, Napier graduate actors, and with students on the Acting & English and the Acting for Stage & Screen courses.
During your ‘mini-placement’ you will be expected to work with and support a full scale in house production for the Acting programmes at Edinburgh Napier as a production assistant. You will have opportunity to observe how texts are realised by experienced directors, while learning some of the practicalities of realizing a stage production.

The module culminates in a workshop presentation, where directors and playwrights will be teamed with actors to create a piece of original drama adapted from an extant source. You will accompany this final project with an analytical essay (1000 words).

Learning Outcomes for module:

At the end of this module, the student should be able
LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of dramatic story structuring techniques.
LO2: Describe and understand the process of planning and executing a performance project to a semi-professional standard, from first read-through to final performance
LO3: Communicate clearly and effectively within a collaborative group process
LO4: Demonstrate leadership and vision and to identify, conceptualise and solve artistic issues and problems in practice.
LO5: Demonstrate, through practice, deep knowledge of applied techniques and some original thinking in the areas of delineating character, plot and theme, in the service of creating a strong dramatic narrative.
LO6: Articulate practically the relationship between critical analysis and creative practice

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, 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: Iain Davie
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Online Tutorial 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 30
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 344
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 10 6 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Practical Skills Assessment 30 1-5 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Placement (Practical) 10 2 1 HOURS= 30, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP11129 Dramatic Story and Structure