Full Title:Writing for Film & TV 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MEDA C8Z13
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to further develop the screenwriting skills students will have acquired in Writing for Creative Media - Year 1. Students will be introduced to the more advanced elements of screenwriting. They will learn also about the various techniques of writing for T.V. (Drama, Soap, Reality T.V.) and online Web Drama
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a more advanced understanding of the craft of screenwriting in areas such as characterisation, dialogue, visual storytelling and the cinematic grammar of the visual image.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills required for writing different kinds of television narrative.
  3. Learn to analyse the writing element of films and T.V drama
  4. Learn the skills of team writing in T.V. (Character Bible, Storyline, Scene dialogue).

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Characterisation through action
‘Show don’t tell’
Point of View
Scenic description
Writing for television formats
T.V. Soaps
T.V. Drama
T.V. Reality Narrative
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Write an 8-10 minute screenplay - FIRST DRAFT 1,3 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Incorporate supervisor feedback into their writing and also evaluating their own work, present a SECOND DRAFT of the screenplay 1 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Using writing teams develop a character and storyline and writing a scene for Soap Opera or Online Web Drama 3,4 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Repeat C.A.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent Study n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Davis, R., Writing Dialogue for Scripts, A & C Black, 2003 ISBN-10: 0713663804
  • McKee, R., Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screen Writing., Methuen, 1999 ISBN-10: 0413715604
  • Wright, J. A., Animation Writing and Development: From Script Development to Pitch, Focal Press, 2005 ISBN-10: 0240805496
  • Coen, J. and Coen, E., The Big Lebowski, Faber and Faber, 1998 ISBN-10: 0571193358
  • Culpeper. J., Language and Characterisation in Plays and Texts, Pearson ESL, 2001 ISBN-10: 0582357535
  • Lucas, M. & William, D., Little Britain: the complete scripts and stuff : series two / Matt Lucas and David Williams, HarperCollins Entertainment, 2005 ISBN-10: 0007198728
  • Tarantino, Q., Pulp Fiction, Faber and Faber, 1999 ISBN-10: 0571200680
  • Vogler, C., The Writer's Journey , Pan, 1999 ISBN-10: 0330375911
  • Web Resources http://www.screenwritersutopia.com http://www.zoetrope.com http://www.sydfield.com, Heading:Entry for Qualification Supplement, Students further develop their screenwriting skills for a variety of film and television formats.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MFILM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Film and Television Production 3 Mandatory
DK_MTFIP_7 Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film Practice 3 Mandatory
DK_MTRAN_7 Certificate in Writing for Transmedia 1 Mandatory