Module title: Script workshop 2

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

Module code: SCA11105
Module leader: James Mavor
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 3, 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:
Learning and Teaching Methods including alignment to LOs

The module is delivered as a mixture of workshops, seminars and tutorials with the emphasis on deep and student-centred learning.

Students generate material between workshops and this work in progress is regularly circulated and subject to peer critique (by email or using VLE or Facebook). Knowledge, skills and techniques developed in Trimester 1 modules are applied creatively and flexibly to the live project.

Assessment is by portfolio at the end of the module. Typically, this will contain proposals and outlines for TV projects, a revised treatment and a revised second draft script for a 30-minute drama or comedy. (LO’s 1-5)

Students will also add to the Critical Journals begin in Trimester 1. (LO 6)

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills

In this module, the specific focus is on increased contact with the industry so that this module forms a ‘bridge’ between the educational and professional context. Students will have the opportunity to present themselves and pitch their projects to their peers, fellow Screen Academy students, ECA students and visiting professionals from the relevant screen industries.

Key employability skills developed in this module include – writing, presentation, team-working, collaboration and the ability to set targets and meet deadlines. Students concluding this module will have a strong sense of their future direction and ambition whether in film, television or interactive. The workshop will also help students identify their own strengths and future career prospects whether as screenwriters, developers, script-editors or, indeed, in screen-related academic or scholarly pursuits.

Assessment (formative and summative)

Formative feedback takes place throughout the module via peer review, groupwork and individual tutorials. Summative feedback is given on the portfolio at the end of the module.

Research/Teaching linkages

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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 Seminar 12
Face To Face Tutorial 2
Face To Face Project Supervision 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 20 2,3,4 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5 PAGE
Report 60 1-4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 30 PAGE
Other 20 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100
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: James Mavor
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered as a mixture of workshops, seminars and tutorials with the emphasis on deep and student-centred learning.

Students generate material between workshops and this work in progress is regularly circulated and subject to peer critique (by email or using webCT or Facebook). Knowledge, skills and techniques developed in Trimester 1 modules are applied creatively and flexibly to the live project.

Assessment is in two parts: an initial written story treatment conforming to industry-standards (about five to ten pages) followed by a first draft script (or equivalent) plus a set of development notes detailing proposed revisions to the script, responding to tutor and peer feedback as well as the student's own critical response to their own work after a period of reflection.

Together, these documents form a 'package' as might, typically, be presented to a broadcaster or prospective funding body. These documents are typically counted in pages, not words.

In this module, the specific focus is on increased contact with the industry so that this module forms a 'bridge' between the educational and professional context. Students will have the opportunity to present themselves and pitch their projects to their peers, fellow Screen Academy students, ECA students and visiting professionals from the relevant screen industries.

Key employability skills developed in this module include - writing, presentation, team-working, collaboration and the ability to set targets and meet deadlines. Students concluding this module will have a strong sense of their future direction and ambition whether in film, television or interactive. The workshop will also help them identify their own strengths and future career prospects whether as screenwriters, developers, script-editors or, indeed, in screen-related academic or scholarly pursuits.

The module is inclusive and group-oriented, with an emphasis on the sharing or stories, experience and expertise which is

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 Seminar 12
Face To Face Project Supervision 24
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
Portfolio 80 1-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Other 20 6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 10-20 PAGE
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Over the course of a series of workshops, seminars and tutorials you will develop a portfolio of material with a focus on television. You will set writing exercises, deliver homework and receive feedback from tutors, visiting guests and fellow students.

Over 12 weeks, students develop a thirty-minute script from idea to polished final draft. Students are encouraged to read and feedback on each others work in weekly workshops. Tutors will also give feedback with individual tutorials scheduled throughout the trimester.

The focus of this module is on the craft of screenwriting. It aims to develop students’ technical skills and a critical awareness of the various possibilities and demands of the form.

Students engage in project research (for their scripts) but also develop a critical awareness of the changing market for film and television in the UK and beyond.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Develop, deepen and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of screenwriting techniques in relation to their particular specialism.
LO2: Research, critically evaluate, prioritise and select ideas suitable for development as a long-form project for film, television or interactive media.
LO3: Plan and undertake advanced creative project development, including research, to a professional standard within time, logistical and budgetary constraints.
LO4: Present projects in a timely and professional manner to peers, tutors and industry professionals in the form of verbal pitches, written proposals or outlines.
LO5: Respond creatively and professionally to writing assignment briefs and to identify and resolve structural or other story issues in the context of commissioned work.
LO6: Critically reflect on the writing and development process.

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SCA11105 Script workshop 2