Module
descriptions

for BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing

Academic & Creative Skills

The aim of this module is to provide learners with the cognitive and practical skills that will underpin much of their academic and presentational work throughout the programme of study. It will enable them to to study effectively and produce material that communicates an ability to think clearly and communicate with cogency in a range of formats – oral presentation, written work and visual communication. 

Business and Law for the Creative Producer

This module guides you into the basic functions and structures of businesses and the global environment. You will look at the effect of politics, economics, the law, social and cultural factors and changing technology on businesses and management decisions in an international arena. It will assist you in planning and developing products in the context of the screen as a creative industry, and guide the development of a production strategy for a short screenplay.

Global Perspectives

This is a University-wide common module, which facilitates interpersonal, intercultural and cross-disciplinary learning. The module introduces a range of ideas and ways of thinking based around the University’s values, reflected in its learning outcomes. It encourages students to interact with the broader University community, both socially and academically, asking them to cross the physical and intellectual borders of their degree programmes.

Introduction to Production

First year students will all have a level of media literacy that needs to be not only developed but given a professionalism and academic discipline. Students will be taught the essentials of genre and narrative structure in drama as well as the principles of reportage.

Script Adaptation, Development and Presentation

This module introduces essential script craft and basic screenwriting practice. You will learn about script layout, formatting and key terms, and develop an understanding of the process of story and script planning and development from conception of idea through logline, outline, treatment and scene breakdown into early part-drafting and refinement of the work. You will explore aspects such as theme, intent and expression, and learn about the oral and written pitch and making presentations. The module also examines the nature of story conception and the potential of the idea as genesis of a project and includes the creation of a screenplay for a short five-minute script.

Thirty-Minute Script

This module develops your learning of script craft, moving towards the conceiving and writing of a half-hour script. You will further refine your knowledge of the script development process and develop skills in crafting an original and individually produced work for the screen which shows your understanding and application of narrative structure, plots and subplots, characterisation, use of arena and genre.

Visual Storytelling in Drama

Narrative is essential to all visual media production, from advertisement to feature film; indeed most students will come to a degree course such as this looking to tell a story and will be expecting to be trained how to make one. This module is, therefore, central both to your expectations as well as a central learning tenet for those who wish to learn to communicate stories via visual media. 

Creating a TV Commercial

This module is a practical, hands-on introduction to the skills of being a producer. Here students will have the opportunity to utilise those skills learned in the Business & Law for the Creative Producer module and put them to practical use. Students will be required to package, advertise and market a product. They will have to identify the target demographic for their product and develop a coherent strategy for getting the product to market in the most efficient and cost effective way.

Creating a One-Hour TV Drama Series

This module requires students to develop their screenwriting skills beyond those demonstrated in the Script Adaptation, Development & Presentation and the Thirty-Minute Script modules in Level Four, adapting their exploitation of story structuring, characterisation and other deployments to express their work through refined use of plots, character functions and exploration of arena, dialogue, montage, timeframe and other developments in their writing expertise.

Study Abroad Dissertation

This module guides students to reflect upon the learning journey of their study abroad period, and to conduct individual research about the screenwriting and filmmaking cultures they encounter in their host city. Through these integrated processes the students are supported in their individual development as a screenwriter-producer engaged with the creative community.

Creating and Producing the Short Film

This module offers you the opportunity to act in a decision-making and commissioning writer-producer capacity, with an additional role as director. You will be given a modest budget with which to realise your personal vision for a short film and take responsibility for the entire creative enterprise, from conception to completion. This module will help you to develop a broad and transferable skill set to take into the employment marketplace.  

Production & Marketing of the Major Script

This is a companion module to the Completion of the Major Script Project in that it is the culmination of all teaching in the business of film that students will have studied through the Screenwriting & Producing degree. Here students will have the opportunity to put to practical use all of the skills of the producer by budgeting and scheduling their major script project whilst putting together a coherent and comprehensive production strategy. Reflecting the remit of the degree the student is required to complete the detailed professional production strategy to an industry standard, which will contextualise the final script within a market framework and place it in the commercial arena, indicating the feasibility of its production.

Major Script Project - Development

This module is the first step in the completion of the Major Script Project, which has dual requirements of creative writing skills and a fully executed production strategy. You will develop a feature script project, demonstrating advanced expertise in the key areas of story selection, narrative construction and the handling of genre. You will also begin to develop a professional production strategy, demonstrating your understanding of the early planning essential to placing a script in the screen marketplace.

Major Script Project – Completion

This final-term module demonstrates your ability to fully execute a feature film script to a high commercial standard. You will demonstrate your creative writing expertise in story development, structure, plotting, character, use of arena, dialogue, visual exposition and narration. You will also complete a detailed professional production strategy to an industry standard, which places the work in a marketing and commercial arena, indicating the feasibility and practicalities of its production.