Module Catalogue 2022/23

SEL3403 : Screenwriting Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tina Gharavi
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
SEL2224Poetry Workshop
SEL2226Theatre Script Workshop
SEL2227Prose Workshop
SEL2228Screenwriting Workshop
Pre Requisite Comment

Students should have taken either SEL2224 or SEL2226, SEL2227 or SEL2228 to be able to take this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1. To prepare a file of work which may consist of: approx 4000 words (approx 20 pages) of script for film or television

2. To show through the file a finally shaped work or body of work along with a self-reflexive commentary on the processes, influences, and themes of the work.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus for SEL3403 is a focused portfolio module for Screenwriting, encompassing self-directed study and supervision.

Students will be required to attend six tutorials throughout the year. There may also drop-in during tutors' office hours on request to discuss ongoing issues.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. The student will acquire insight into the process of selecting and planning an extended creative project.
2. The student will acquire insight into the imaginative processes of writing at length.
3. The student will also acquire insight into the affective power of language.
4. The student will understand key technical aspects of script
5. The student will expand their knowledge of a range of contemporary scriptwriting for screen

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. The ability to create and develop a substantial body of script
2. The ability to apply craft skills, techniques and methods to own creative work.
3. The ability to maintain a creative journal.
4. The ability to sustain a self-directed project over time, to build on and develop work already underway, and to engage in a prolonged process of editing and revision.
5. The ability to read exemplar and other texts with attention to verbal and formal creativity.
6. The ability to assess and reflect upon their own creative work and the work of peers with constructive rigour in seminar, and in their creative journal.
7. The ability to demonstrate engagement with the critical process in a self-reflexive essay.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1150:00150:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1237:00237:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each student must consult the module leaders with an initial proposal, submitting an opening plan/draft for comment and discussion.

All students attend the plenary session to be assigned study groups. The study groups will post progress reports on Canvas Discussion Groups.

All students attend seminars appropriate to their proposed body of work.

The meetings listed above are the basic requirement. The specific amount of time will vary from student to student. Some will attend Office Hours for brief meetings. Some will wish to have longer sessions at greater intervals after they have built a body of work.

Creative work of this sort needs both the clear overriding structure of the meetings listed above and greater flexibility in terms of the duration and frequency of further discussion.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100Approx 4000 words of screenplay (approx 20 pages) PLUS 1500 word commentary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the commentary students will discuss the processes of drafting and any principles of selection. It will also discuss any relevant information about influences and themes explored in the file. It must include a bibliography of books read and events attended as evidence of research.

The weighting of marks is 80/20 where the file of original is the dominant element, and the essay/commentary constitutes the minor element.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.