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Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is adaptation?
    • Theories of adaptation
    • Developing character
    • Determining structure through journeys, acts, and beats
    • Substructure
    • Dialogue
    • Elements of the stage play
    • The Elements of the screen play: structure, substructure, timing
    • Substructure: Technical requirements of adapting for screen and stage
    • Elements of writing for multi-media formats: shots, scenes and sequences
    • Writing for the visual
    • Case studies: Successful adaptations
    • Case studies: script writers and writing process
  • Study resources
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - 60%-70% (0%)
  • Assignment 2 - 30%-40% (0%)

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

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • SWI-LPW603

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject introduces students to a range of adaptive processes, and invites them to consider the challenges inherent in the transfer of content from one modality (e.g. print or TV) to delivery through another (e.g. cinema or internet). In this subject, 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 subject.

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