PA6005 - Portfolio Script

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What will I learn on this module?

This is the capstone independent project of the programme and will give you the chance to apply your skills and learning in delivering a substantial script to use as a calling card to the industry. You can write for theatre, film, TV or radio and you will build on the work done in semester one in Script – Ideas and Preparation. You will write the script proposed in that module - a forty-five minute script. You will also compile a set of marketing materials to promote the work or create a presentation or reading to publicise the script. You will learn how to sustain an extended piece of dramatic writing, how to work independently over a longer period, and also how to present the work in a way appropriate for your chosen medium and promote it in a way likely to be attractive to the industry.

How will I learn on this module?

Through workshops, tutorial guidance and independent study you will learn to identify and develop a script idea which is appropriate to you’re your chosen medium.
You are encouraged and guided:
1. to use an appropriate methodology and skills to develop story ideas, characters and structures;
2. to select and organise appropriate material, into a sustained piece of work formally presented in the manner appropriate to the medium;
3. and to demonstrate an understanding of the industry to which you are presenting this work by creating a presentation, or a marketing portfolio appropriate for promoting the script.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Much of the preparation for this module has taken place in the previous semester in Script – Ideas and Preparation. At the beginning of this semester there will be workshops designed to help you to get straight down to work and ensure that you have a strategy and working programme.

Your supervisor will then offer support as the script develops providing structured feedback and advice.

The ongoing shared programme workshops (which will be familiar to you from your participation in the programme) will offer an ongoing peer support forum for you to test the developing work in readings and sharing.

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: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements to plan, structure and present a professionally finished script

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

2. Produce the final draft of a marketable full length script, polished and redrafted employing techniques appropriate to the medium of their choosing.
3. Show a high degree of imagination and inventiveness in the conception, design and execution of the project.
4. Prepare suitable materials for the promotion and marketing of their creative work, showing understanding of context and creative flair in its presentation.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On the successful completion of this module students will be able to:

5. Demonstrate openness to new ideas and styles in scriptwriting and analytical approach to the medium in which they are writing.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment. Tutorial support will offer regular oral feedback on your developing project. You will also have peer support feedback through the programme workshop series.

Summative assessment.
First assessment (70%)
A calling card script (45 mins.)
This will be a sustained piece of dramatic writing in a medium of your own choosing. (1, 2, 3, 5.)

Second assessment (30%)
Either:
A marketing portfolio for the above script (2000 words)
This portfolio is designed to support approaches to commissioners, agents, producers etc. (4, 5.)

Or:
A practical presentation of the work (a reading or short film for example) (10 mins)
This is a chance to create a demonstration or sample of the script as a way of promoting it for commission. (4, 5.)

Summative Feedback
Feedback or these tasks will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be received within 20 working days of submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

PA4003, PA5003

Co-requisite(s)

PA6010

Module abstract

This is the capstone independent project of the Drama (Scriptwriting) pathway and will give you the chance to apply your skills and learning in delivering a substantial script to use as a calling card to the industry. You will build on the work done in Script – Ideas and Preparation to write a forty-five minute script for either theatre, film, TV or radio. You will also compile a set of marketing materials to promote the work or create a presentation or reading to publicise the script. You will learn how to sustain an extended piece of dramatic writing, how to work independently over a longer period, and also how to present the work in a way appropriate for your chosen medium.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 40

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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