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EL55TM: SCREENWRITING: THE NARRATIVE WITHIN THE FRAME (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

This course will investigate different forms of scriptwriting by writers from a range of historical periods. We will be considering narrative form and content as shaped by subject selection and storytelling devices and structures. The filmic themes will be considered from aesthetic, historical and theoretical perspectives. Through a series of seminars, workshops and screenings, students will develop approaches to visualising film narratives, culminating in a scriptwriting folio of work.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Alan R Marcus

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

From script to screen, this course will focus on the creative fusion of writing with images and writing with words to devise a film narrative. We will investigate different forms of scriptwriting by writers from a range of historical periods. We will be considering narrative form and content as shaped by subject selection and storytelling devices and structures. The filmic themes will be considered from aesthetic, historical and theoretical perspectives. Through a series of seminars, workshops and screenings, students will develop approaches to visualising film narratives, culminating in a scriptwriting folio of work.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Creative extract of four pages of screenplay for an individual feedback session in Week 7 (20%)

Folio of twelve pages of screenplay, and a six-minute video project, together with an introductory essay of 1,500 words to be submitted in Week 12. (80%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberUnderstanding of historical and contemporary conceptual approaches to photographic and filmic imagery. Able to critically distinguish between different modes of visual representation.
ProceduralApplyDevelop and understanding of digital image through workshop exercises and producing practice-based work. Write to deadlines and to commissions

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