As a student on this course, you will develop a strong writing voice and develop high-level craft skills in order to produce scripts that have the potential to reach this industry
Industry connections are a feature of this course, and you will benefit from a compulsory professional industry attachment and gain both detailed experience and valuable contacts for the future
The course provides a thorough study of various aspects of film, television and the media: history; theoretical underpinning; current status; future developments
The entry requirements for this course are 112-128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
This course is designed to suit both school / college leavers and mature students who wish to explore their creative voice and prepare themselves for new career opportunities in the writing industry
This scriptwriting course is creative, dynamic and very inclusive, and encourages its students to explore both themselves and the world that they live in through telling stories for the screen
Year One - Level C
This introduces you to the critical thinking and learning processes involved in studying media at academic level and beyond. It focuses on developing your information gathering, processing and presentation skills in order to develop your ability to form arguments based upon theoretical evidence.
Introduction to Scriptwriting
The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the key skills and concepts for understanding and producing scripts. The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of narrative forms and how to communicate ideas and meaning effectively across a variety of forms.
The Script into Production
The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the process of producing scripts. You will gain an awareness of how to write effectively within prescribed parameters and constraints. You will develop the tools and skills to translate written work to the screen, gaining core skills that will inform your written work and build a greater awareness of the impact that scripts have on all aspects of production. You will also develop your team working skills and be able to demonstrate a high level of communication at all stages of the process.
Discipline and Research
Building upon knowledge and skills gained in the first semester this unit aims to explore in more detail subject specific concepts and theory. You are encouraged to deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of academic concepts and approaches related to your subject specialism and practice.
The aim of this unit is to consolidate and communicate production skills and critical learning in a collaborative media project between Digital Media, TV and Radio students. You will develop an understanding of image, narratives and audience needs in a collaboratively produced artefact; an ability to evaluate and reflect on this production, including your own role; a capacity to work in groups, as well as independently, to produce a cross course, cross platform project.
The Resolved Drama Script
The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the key skills and concepts for understanding and producing longer form scripts. You will consider more advanced scriptwriting craft skills, and support and encourage a more sophisticated approach to communicating ideas and narratives. You are expected to develop your authorial voice and begin to define and contextualise your work within the wider sphere.
Year Two - Level I
Media Theory Perspectives
You choose two theory study options from a menu of choices to help you further your skills of applying media theory to current industry debates. Each option will focus on specific themes in media theory and wider cultural arenas, encouraging you to reflect upon the implications of such theories for your media practice.
Creating Narrative Formats
Designed to develop your awareness of professional writing; this unit aims to provide you with creative and critical scriptwriting development and a strong foundation for all script-related vocational aspirations beyond graduation, in particular though not exclusively in television.
The unit also aims to develop your abilities to work in a group as well as individually, sharing and allocating tasks, responding to intra-group dynamics and forming a responsible approach to collaboration and the creative development of a shared TV series/serial project. Furthermore, you will be responsible for the development and production of a related media artefact.
Script Development and Project
This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of creative and critical scriptwriting development, furthermore to develop your awareness of professional writing and a giving you a strong foundation for all script-related vocational aspirations beyond graduation.
Debates and Scholarship
This unit introduces you to the contested nature of debates and theories specific to your subject area.It also aims to help you to understand and evaluate various research methodologies and to be able to devise and articulate an appropriate research proposal.
Year Three or Four (Level H) – depending on placement
Pitching and Development Documents
The aim of this unit is to provide a route-map for the development of final year students. This experience grows from exposure to the real world through a work placement, to the initial pitching of ideas for a significant project, and the development of those ideas through to their final industry facing forms.
The aim of this unit is to provide a context and trajectory for the Graduate Project work, developing the ability to frame, support and position work to and for relevant industry stake-holders. The unit requires a high degree of industry awareness and the opportunity for you to publicly exhibit the outcomes of your work to the appropriate audience.
The Major Script Project
This is the most important unit of the degree, and it aims to further refine to a professional standard your creative scriptwriting development. It aims to provide you with a strong foundation for all scriptrelated professional aspirations. You will develop the ability to conceive, develop and write an original feature film screenplay or an episode and bible of a television drama series of your own creation, using appropriate script editing and rewriting skills; you will engage in the creative application of the script development process, properly referencing sources and ideas, and sustain the ability to deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline.
The dissertation aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your critical, analytical and research skills by conducting a significant piece of academic work.
In this unit you will learn to define and apply an appropriate research topic and framework; critically analyse the findings; locate and evaluate the findings in the context of existing research and/or professional practice; produce coherent, well-articulated and presented outcomes of the work
Graduates of the Scriptwriting course tend to move into a variety of roles in the screen industry. Of course many have become freelance scriptwriters and gained regular commissions as writers of TV drama while others have gained success with one-off projects.
Programme graduates have gone on to write for the BBC, ITV, European and satellite television and to have their programme material developed for production in the industry to become script assessors within production companies, to script edit television series and to work for multimedia, computer games companies and writers´ agencies
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