PA5003 - Exploring Scriptwriting

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What will I learn on this module?

This module builds on the work you have done in first year. You will be asked to broaden your understanding of the writer’s role from that of a lone creator to that of maker in a team of creative people.

You will begin this module writing in response to devised work around a theme. Working in groups you will contribute to creating a short series for radio or television.

The second phase of the module will ask you to experiment with the work written and recreate the script for different media. Supported by technicians, you will record extracts of script as a film or radio piece exploring the problems and challenges this entails and considering the differing requirements of scripting for these disciplines.

This will be followed by a series of workshops in which you will unpick that process and will be introduced to a number of industry techniques which will support your revision of the piece.

In your group you will then revise the planning document for the series in your preferred form. Individual episodes will be assigned to each member of the group; you will write one episode each.

The planning document will be a group-made piece and will carry a group mark, the script will be individually written. You will, however, submit an accompanying portfolio of drafts and research, held together by a reflective evaluation which will evidence your personal development and contribution to the project, this will be individually marked.

How will I learn on this module?

Writing is rewriting and you will be writing creatively from the outset. The structure of the module encourages you to experiment and take creative risks and this is embodied in the title Exploring Scriptwriting. You will be learning through creative play. New skills and techniques will be offered in workshops by tutors. You will explore the differences in scriptwriting for different media, the challenges of negotiating the writer’s role in collaborative work, functional and technical skills regarding presentation, and how to offer technical instruction within the script.

The creating, sharing and recreating process is a dialogue. You will actively engage in giving and receiving formative feedback with your fellow students. Your tutors will provide regular formative feedback to support your learning. The frequency of this support mechanism means that advice and cutting edge critique is timely and useful. You will have use of your electronic portfolio tool (Pebble+) and Blackboard as suppprting tools for collating your drafts and research activity, and there will be a mid-point session whch will take stock of this portfolio and consider how best to improve it.

The group sharing events in the module offer an industry style test of the work and how it feels in front of an audience and will give you an opportunity to revise before final submission.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic support will be provided through the workshop process, the constant sharing of work in progress receives critical input from both your peers and your tutor.

Clear guidelines for these assessments will be available on the eLearning Portal and will be explained in class, with practice sessions to embed the skills and approaches you will need for success. Further support will be available through the extensive use of the eLearning Portal, to include module information and teaching materials, and individual tutorials will be available to address specific issues and ensure appropriate progress.

On the Scriptwriting pathway there is an additional workshop each week where you share work in progress with students from the first and third year. This session sits alongside this module and complements it by providing a safe space for presenting and hearing fellow students’ work. It also helps you to integrate with the other students and to learn from their ongoing experience. It sets up a model for writerly support which may enhance your writing practice when you graduate.

Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the principal concepts and methods informing the ways in which contemporary script writing originates, is developed and realised.
2. Demonstrate a growing understanding of the industry they are operating in.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

3. Demonstrate the ability to apply scriptwriting skills appropriate to their chosen medium.
4. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate their own writing and set it in a critical context.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate a willingness to explore new approaches and extend their creative practice.

How will I be assessed?

The iterative nature of the workshop process means that there will be continuing formative feedback in taught sessions. Also at the mid-point tutorial in each semester.

There will be three key formative points – where the groups will share work in progress for the developing scripts.. All offer feedback points which will stimulate, challenge and redraw your understandings of the developing work.

The cross-year shared weekly workshop also creatives a formative feedback point on your developing portfolios.


Series planning document Group Mark (3000 words) (25%)
This will be the series idea you have developed throughout the module and will be negotiated and honed to reflect your growing understanding through the module. (MLOs 1, 2, 5)

Individual Script (2000 words) (50%) (MLOs 1, 3, 5)

Reflective Evaluation (1500 words) individual mark(25%) (MLOs (1, 2, 4)

This will reference supporting material (drafts and research) on your electronic portfolio (Pebble+). The evalutation will be a summary of your view of your role in the process, it will reflect on your input, the lessons learned and the choices made by you and the group. It will clearly references your portfolio indicating drafts and research you made individually to contribute to the group result.

Summative Feedback
Feedback on both assessment components tasks will be within 20 working days of the performance/ submission deadline on standard feedback sheets.





Module abstract

This module builds on the scriptwriting work you have done in first year. You will be asked to broaden your understanding of the writer’s role from that of a lone creator to that of maker as part of a team of creative people.

You will be writing and making from the outset and will develop a script in collaboration with a small group. You will then explore the potential of your story by reimagining it in variety of forms and recording extracts of it (supported by technicians) as a film and/or a radio piece.

A series of workshops will then examine the lessons learned from this process and new skills and will be introduced by tutors and you will work a series of group sharing sessions in a collaborative industry style process in order to develop the series idea through your individual script.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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