Core Module Information
Module title: TV Scriptwriting

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD09135
Module leader: Kate Davidson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance


Description of module content:

This module is an introduction to scriptwriting for television and will examine the requirements for fictional drama programmes.

You will learn about how story ideas can be generated; define a story/programme idea in a short outline; pitch ideas and develop a script. You will also learn about the different script formats used in the television industry.

Through a series of lectures, tutorials and group tasks you will learn about key concepts in story development and writing for television.

You will develop the creative and critical skills required to progress from an outline/treatment to a completed short script for television.

You will be encouraged to identify opportunities for new writing in the schedules of a range of broadcasters. The projects you develop to fit these schedules will be treated as professional pieces of work.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate the development of an original creative vision.
LO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of the craft of screenwriting to write a character-based story with realistic dialogue and appropriate levels of dramatic conflict.
LO3: Demonstrate the ability to write in professional screenplay format.
LO4: Critically reflect on the ways in which your original creative ideas fit within the wider scripted production landscape.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Kate Davidson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning will take place in lectures and seminars for all students on one day per week (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4). There will be one-to-one Tutorial support to assist you to develop your scripts (LO 1,2,3). Research, writing and creative skills will be developed through individual learning while working on the script as well as completing weekly group exercises (LO 2,3). Through class work you will also gain an understanding of genres, formats and target markets and will be supported to critically reflect on these while developing your pitch (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment on the standard of your screenplay formatting is offered by the module leader prior to the final assessment submission deadline.

The Outline is due in Week 7, to give you time to reflect on the feedback regarding the suitability of your idea as a script. Between first and the second assessment, an initial draft of the script will be formatively assessed.

Summative Assessment:
Assessment 1 is for an Outline of the first 10 minutes of a new TV drama (20% - LO 1,2,4)

Assessment 2 is for a completed script for the first 10 minutes of a TV drama and should be formatted appropriately (60% - LO 1,2,3).

Assessment 3 is a 2-3 page pitch outlining the target market for your completed Script, within the context of the current TV landscape (20% - LO4).

Each Assessment sheet provides a rubric evaluation against the Assessment Criteria and offers the grader’s written comments.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
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
Project - Written 20 1,2,4 7 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 500
Project - Written 60 1,2,3 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Project - Written 20 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD09135 TV Scriptwriting