Module title: Script workshop 1

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

Module code: SCA11102
Module leader: James Mavor
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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

2019/0, 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: James Mavor
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The workshop’s main purpose is to support the student as they begin to master the screenwriting form, develop craft skills and technique and develop their own talent, ambition and voice. To this end, students develop a number of short projects in the course of 12 weekly workshops. Some of these three hour sessions will be a combination of tutor-led seminar discussion and input from Visiting Lecturers or guest speakers (e.g. a pitching session).

The final assessment is accompanied by a Critical Journal which encourages the student to look back over their creative process and to look forward to their learning goals in the next workshop module, Script Workshop 2. Workshop sessions are interspersed with visits from guest speakers – professional writers, producers and script developers - who will sometimes work alongside the students in set exercises or work-shops to develop specific aspects of the craft, e.g. character, dialogue or pitching. These events may occur out with the timetabled class.

Formative assessment is given throughout by tutors and in peer review. There are two pieces of summative assessment in this module: Portfiolio and Creative and Critical Journal

The portfolio will contain outlines, proposals and scripts designed to mirror the documents commonly used in industrial practice. Weekly exercises are reviewed in class. There is an emphasis on the ability to work to strict deadlines and to present work in a professional manner - a key factor to future employability. (LO’s 1-4). Assessment Feedback sheets give detailed written notes and formative feedback on work in progress. The critical journal is part of an ongoing process throughout the programme to develop the ethos of the Reflective Practitioner. (LO 5).


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1,2, 4 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Project - Written 60 1-5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 20 5 13 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100
2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James Mavor
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The workshop’s main purpose is to support the student as they begin to master the screenwriting form, develop craft skills and technique and develop their own talent, ambition and ‘voice’.

To this end, students develop a number of short projects in the course of 12 weekly workshops. Some of these three hour sessions will be a combination of tutor-led seminar discussion and input from Visiting Lecturers or guest speakers (e.g. a pitching session).

Students are formed into smaller groups to develop the projects and give peer review. This process is carried on beyond the weekly workshop by email, Virtual Learning Environment and Facebook.

The process is structured to deliver the LO’s: the initial selection of the project encourages self-reflective and critical skills, the project is developed in collaboration with fellow students and various drafts develop the student’s critical and analytical and contextual intellectual skills.

The final assessment is accompanied by a Critical Journal which encourages the student to look back over their creative process and to look forward to their learning goals in the next workshop module, Script Workshop 2.

Occasionally, the workshop sessions are interspersed with visits from guest speakers – professional writers, producers and script developers - who will sometimes work alongside the students in set exercises or work-shops to develop specific aspects of the craft, e.g. character, dialogue or pitching. These events may occur out with the timetabled class.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/scholarship skills

The module promotes development of written and oral communication skills, team work, self-reliance, time-management, independent thinking and problem solving. The reflective essay forms part of the student’s ongoing PDP throughout the year. Scholarship is developed through recommended reading and independent learning.

Assessment (formative and summative)

Formative assessment is given throughout by t

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Seminar 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 80 LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 20 5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module, using the short film as a model, students are guided through a professional development process from idea to a polished first draft script.

In weekly workshops students follow a process which mirrors that of a professional screenwriter as they generate ideas and develop their projects producing a series of documents – premise, synopsis, outline, step outline or treatment and various drafts of a short 10 minute film script.

This written work is regularly circulated and work-shopped in small groups: If you are studying in blended form this will be achieved online, this process develops and enhances the projects, stimulates team-working and collaboration and helps develop the student’s own writing but also their story-, script-editing and inter-personal skills.

There is a research element in which students are encouraged to engage in original research (to generate material for their scripts) but also to critically appraise and assess the various types of research that a writer might undertake as part of their process.

This module encourages students to work collaboratively with other students on courses within Edinburgh Napier University, Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, the wider Screen Academy network and, beyond that, to experience direct contact with professionals from the film, television and interactive/new media industries.
In weekly workshops students follow a process which mirrors that of a professional screenwriter as they generate ideas and develop their projects producing a series of documents - premise, synopsis, outline, step outline or treatment and various drafts of a short 10-15 minute film script.

This written work is regularly circulated and work-shopped in small groups: this process develops and enhances the projects, stimulates team-working and collaboration and helps develop the student's own writing but also their story-, script-editing and inter-personal skills.

There is a research element in which students are encouraged to engage in original research (to generate material for their scripts) but also to critically appraise and assess the various types of research that a writer might undertake as part of their process.

Occasionally, the workshop sessions are interspersed with visits from guest speakers - professional writers, producers and script developers - who will sometimes work alongside the students in set exercises or work-shops to develop specific aspects of the craft, e.g. character, dialogue or pitching. These events may occur out with the timetabled class.

This module also allows space for and encourages students to work collaboratively with other students on courses within Napier University, Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, the wider Screen Academy network and, beyond that, to experience direct contact with professionals from the film, television and interactive/new media industries.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Generate, critically evaluate and select potential ideas for development as a short film project
LO2: Select appropriate strategies for writing for film and apply creative and analytical skills to the initial development of projects including appraising and incorporating feedback
LO3: Identify appropriate team members and other resources required for the creative development of the project
LO4: Present projects in oral, written and electronic formats in a timely and professional manner
LO5: Critically reflect on the writing and development process.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SCA11102 Script Workshop 1