Core Module Information
Module title: Adaptation across Media

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

Module code: CLP11176
Module leader: Jaya Jayalakshmi
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Generic - School of Arts and Creative Industries

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This is a practical module that aims to give you a chance to adapt. It will examine the field of adaptation studies to see how issues like staying faithful to the original, or the different affordances that different media provide, impact upon the actual act of adapting one type of text into another e.g., novels into screenplays and vice versa; novels into interactive media experiences; the written word into the spoken word (novels into radio); the spoken word into audio-visual media and so on. But this theory will be used to underpin creative practice, which is what this module is about.

The syllabus will typically include some of the following topics (or similar):
• Trans/Interdisciplinary definitions of adaptation
• Meanings of adaptation: translation, transfer, transformation, appropriation, assimilation, intervention
• Adaptation as an intertextual, intercultural, inter-medial operation
• Adaptation across media: literature, theatre, film, TV, comics, video games, interactive storytelling, fine arts
• The underpinnings of the practice of adaptation
• The practice of adaptation across media: Legal and ethical considerations

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Display mastery of the complex and specialized theoretical underpinnings of adaptation studies, undertaking substantial investigations in the area in order to see how they can be applied in practice.
LO2: Be critically cognizant of and critically engage with the affordances of different media, inter-textuality and inter-cultural practices across a range of adaptations.
LO3: Apply advanced critical techniques to research and discuss adaptation ideas pertinent to 21st century media practices, either orally or in writing.
LO4: Deploy substantial critical insights to draw conclusions about the mechanisms of adaptation by designing and creating adaptation content in a media-based environment.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Jaya Jayalakshmi
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures, seminars, readings and film screenings will be the primary mode of delivery.

Initially, there will be a set of four weekly lectures which will set out the theoretical parameters of adaptation studies (LO 1, LO2). These will be accompanied by student-led small group seminars, where students are given a topic to prepare and discuss in class (LO2, LO3). After the initial set of lectures, the lecture time will move to become 'creative adaptation time', where the students can actively write in class, with a tutor on hand to discuss issues that may arise (LO2, LO3, LO4).

At the same time, students will be thinking about the adaption project they wish to undertake in the module and prepare for it through tutorials (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4).

There will also be a set of readings and film screenings that may act as 'flipped classroom'.

Formative Assessment:
Towards the beginning of the module, students will be asked to write a proposal about the adaptation they wish to conduct. They will be offered the chance to discuss this written proposal. This proposal and ensuing discussion will be a formative assessment. This formative assessment, alongside the first summative assessment (which will be an oral/aural presentation), will form the basis of the second summative assessment. Thus, the formative assessment will feed forward to the first summative assessment, which will, in turn, feed forward to the second one.

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessments on this module.
Summative Assessment 1: Worth 20% of final grade
Length: 10 minutes
In a ten-minute oral/ aural pitch, please elaborate on the adaptation exercise you wish to pursue. At the minimum, your pitch must include the following:
1. A powerpoint or similar presentation
2. A clear outline of the contents of the initial ‘text’ you want to adapt.
3. A link to this ‘text’
4. The adaptation techniques you intend to use
5. The affordances of your particular medium
6. Target audience
7. Why is this important?
8. Why now?
9. Any issues (e.g., copyright) that you foresee as an advantage/ as a problem

Summative Assessment 2: Worth 80% of final grade
Length: Original must be 30 pages or equivalent
Please choose an original text for adaptation. This text may not exceed 30 pages or equivalent; and you must be cognizant of copyright constraints in your choice (these constraints will be discussed in class). Please adapt it to form part of a pre-production package that your producer can use to raise finance for the project. The length of your adaptation will depend on the medium you are adapting from and the medium you are adapting to. These need to be clearly discussed with the module leader before you embark on your adaption project.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Seminar 6
Face To Face Tutorial 6
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
Oral Presentation 20 1,3 6 HOURS= 00.00
Project - Practical 80 2,3,4 13
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Contact your module leader