Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignments - 60%-70% , Online Discussion - 30%-40%

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Domestic 2,810.00
Domestic continuing 2,203.00
International 3,060.00
International continuing 2,453.00

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Develop an understanding of how to read, write and research the wide range of adaptations that are made for presentation on stage, screen and in the digital world. This unit introduces students to a range of adaptive processes, and invites them to consider the challenges inherent in the transfer of content from one modality (eg. print or TV) to delivery through another (eg. cinema or internet). In this unit, students identify and apply elements of writing for performance, including plot, character and mise-en-scene; develop script proposals and outlines; and explore the industrial and cultural demands of proposing and developing a script for performance.

Please note: Assessment values are indicative only; details will be advised at the start of the unit.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critique the rationale for adaptations of existing and future works, identify the various theoretical approaches to adaptation, and evaluate how the elements of storytelling can be used to transform a source text into a new creative work for stage and screen
  2. Evaluate the relationships between storytelling skills such as use of dialogue, manipulation of plot and communication of character and to evaluate how these can be harnessed for their own writing
  3. Envision, plan, and compose an adaptation of their own from a source text.
  • Assignments — 60%-70%
  • Online Discussion — 30%-40%

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LPW603 — Script Adaptation: Stage, Screen and Multimedia

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is adaptation?
2Theories of adaptation.
3Developing character
4Determining structure through journeys, acts, and beats
7Elements of the stage play
8The Elements of the screen play: structure, substructure, timing
9Substructure: Technical requirements of adapting for screen and stage
10Elements of writing for multi-media formats: shots, scenes and sequences
11Writing for the visual
12Case studies: Successful adaptations
13Case studies: script writers and writing process

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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