Module title: Major Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: SCA11106
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: 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:
Essentially, the student experiences the 'real world' situation of the screenwriter and must nurture, develop, write and rewrite their project largely on their own, developing and exercising important skills in focus, motivation and time-management.

This independent study is, however, backed up with online and face to face tutor support, mentoring from an industry professional and peer review and support from fellow-students.

The creation of a finished, polished first draft screenplay (or equivalents in other forms) is one of the most significant items in the student's portfolio of written work achieved during the course. It serves as a calling card for future work and as a 'spec script' which demonstrates the writer's unique voice, world-view, talent and craft skill-set.

The successful completion of the Major Project (together with the companion reflective report) is the culmination of the student's coursework and, as such, represents a major piece of ipsative (self-assessed) assessment as well as having important formative and summative characteristics.

The completion of the PDP is an assessed part of the coursework and is delivered along with the final Reflective Report at the end of the Trimester.

The coursework is assessed in terms of its presentation, technical skill, character and story development and market potential. This latter criteria is perhaps the one which, finally, will help the student identify for themselves the most fruitful career pathway ahead - what kind of writer they are and how they might carve a niche for themselves in a competitive industry.

Key employability elements here are more focussed on individual rather than social skills - decision-making, problem-solving, self-direction, creative thinking and management of time and resources - all essential skills for future careers based on a self-employed basis.


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 Project Supervision 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 566
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 80 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Report 20 3,6 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module forms a significant element of the course and is your opportunity to undertake a major piece of creative work in the final trimester. Over the summer trimester, you will produce a substantial piece of written work in your chosen medium – for film, television or new media.

The completed work will provide the key element in the creative portfolio of projects you have built up over the course. In effect, this module allows you to utilise the tools, the techniques - and the confidence – that you have built up over the previous modules. It is your chance to write your ‘calling card’ script – the essential element for the un-produced writer in approaching future producers, developers or agents.

There is no formal teaching in this module: you will have access to your tutor (face-to-face, via email or online) at key points in the trimester. Students write and develop a substantial written project in one of the following areas:

Feature Film Screenplay
Single Television drama or Series Pilot Episode + Series Outline.
Detailed Interactive or New Media Project

Screen Academy students are encouraged to take up the offer of a heavily-discounted Industry Pass to the Edinburgh International Film Festival (in June, annually) which provides an excellent opportunity for a vast range of extra-curricular educational opportunities - viewing films, assessing the current market, attending guest lectures and industry-focussed sessions, networking, making contacts, pitching projects, etc.

The Major Project is the culmination of the work done in the other modules in Trimesters 1 and 2 resulting, ideally, in a significant and substantial piece of work which can serve either as a live project in search of development finance and partners/collaborators in the professional world - or as a 'calling card' spec script to attract further interest in the writer and his/her work or, for example, to secure the services of a literary agent.

This piece of writing is complimented by the final piece of assessment - an essay or Reflective Report of 2000 words - in which the writer can look back on their learning, identify areas for further work, study or development and look forward, with a real sense of self-knowledge and authority, on possible career paths.

The completion of the student's PDP forms an appendix to this Reflective Report and concludes the formal assessment for this module and the course.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of techniques and approaches to screenwriting in divergent contexts and media and specifically in relation to their particular specialism.
LO2: Possess a critical understanding of the nature of screenwriting and the process of collaboration within project teams and between project teams and external collaborators.
LO3: Demonstrate the ability to identity and discriminate between potential screen ideas and projects in terms of an advanced understanding of their creative viability in relevant contexts.
LO4: Utilise written, oral, electronic or other means to present projects and scripts at successive stages of development and in a professional manner to potential collaborators, financiers, support bodies and other relevant parties.
LO5: Collaborate efficiently, effectively and in a timely and professional manner with creative team members, support professionals and potential commissioning and financing organisations.
LO6: Manage complex and competing project demands in the context of changing creative and commercial circumstances and exercise skill and discrimination in the prioritising of projects and tasks.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SCA11106 Major Project