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Module

SEL3403 : Screenwriting Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tina Gharavi
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

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 seven tutorials throughout the year. They may also drop in during tutors' office hours on request to discuss ongoing issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion179:0079:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1157:00157:00N/A
Total400:00
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 Blackboard's Discussion Groups.

All students attend the two 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100Approx 5000 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.

Reading Lists

Timetable