Subject details

At the completion of this subject you will be able to demonstrate:

  1. competence in drama scriptwriting using recognised script presentation and development formats including the logline, screenplay design plan and draft script
  2. an ability to analyse the construction of a range of drama texts
  3. a capacity for independent problem solving.

The subject will help develop the following analytical/critical evaluation/written communication skills:

  1. character construction 
  2. various approaches to the structure and construction of screen narratives 
  3. standard modes of script writing and formatting, including logline/screenplay design plan/draft and refined draft 
  4. script-editing/redrafting practices.
  • Topics
    • Devising a drama screen story idea
    • Idea pitching and screenplay masterplan
    • Revision, redrafting & polished presentation of short drama screenplays
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements


You must complete Level 2 Communications studies before starting this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Learn the script formats and development processes to design and write a short piece of drama screenwriting, up to 15 minutes in screen duration. The subject requires you to plan and develop a screenplay concept from idea through to an effective design plan. From this, you will then write a full, professionally formatted first-draft screenplay for critical assessment, before refining the work into a second draft. The primary focus of the subject is on mastery of the elements of effective screen story design and dynamics.

  • Assignment 1 - Logline Idea Development (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Draft 1, Script (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Draft 2, plus redrafting notes (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Planning Assessment (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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