Module Title:Writing for the Screen
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, workshops, screenings and blended learning will be used. Particular emphasis will be placed on workshops and the use of “writers’ rooms” in order to facilitate peer-assisted learning and also reflect elements of industry collaboration in the development of projects. In order to reflect different learning styles, the module will seek to embrace the concept of storytelling through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic means in workshops and assessments.
Module Aim: To introduce the students to the concept of writing for the screen. To understand and critically analyse the theory relevant to writing for the screen.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of writing for the screen
LO2 Use practical and professional skills appropriate to the area to plan, design and participate in the development process
LO3 Reflect on and evaluate the quality of his/her own learning and writing
LO4 Analyse the wider industrial and historical context of writing for the screen.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Historical context
Understanding the rise of narrative filmmaking and screenwriting structure
Narrative theory
Theoretical issues pertaining to narrative and mythological storytelling.
Structuring a story for the screen. 3 and 5 act structure. Non-linear structures.
Finding the story. The essence of storytelling and idea generation.
Identifying and developing characters in stories for the screen. Point of view characters and motivation
The purpose of dialogue and its uses on screen for different formats and genres
Introduction to research for the screen. Writing briefs and questions.
Understanding the business of development. Formats, funding and support agencies
Writing skills
Practical guide to general writing skills for assignment and presentation purposes
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Developing an idea for the screen. This includes the submission of a number of documents towards the development process 1,2,3 30.00 n/a
Presentation Presentation on story and structural analysis of a screen text. 1,4 30.00 n/a
Project Write a project for the screen 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Laboratory Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EETVM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in TV and Media Production 2 Mandatory
CW_EETVM_D Bachelor of Science in TV and Media Production 2 Mandatory
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