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Subject details

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

  1. identify and apply key technical and creative craft skills and concepts in screenwriting for drama
  2. analyse a range of screenwriting techniques, elements and approaches
  3. ability to create a short drama film script by applying relevant screenwriting techniques and story development concepts
  4. critically reflect on own practice and others.
  • Topics

    • Story Instincts & Concepts: Introduction
    • Stories on film
    • Images, words and sounds
    • Narrative structure models
    • Theme and plot
    • Asking the dramatic question: story premise & action
    • Character: point of view, intention and motivation
    • Character Arcs & Relationships: dialogue, subtext, performance
    • Story Development in the digital era
    • Writing Styles & Genre - comedy & tragedy & breaking the rules
    • Symbols, Objects & Motifs
    • Endings & Beginnings: foreshadowing, set ups & payoffs
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements


Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject examines screening writing techniques and practices in how to develop and create a narrative screenplay for drama production across a range of genres.

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  • Tutorial Presentation (20%)
  • Digital Story Concept (20%)
  • Writing:First Draft Screenplay (20%)
  • Writing:Final Draft Screenplay (40%)

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