Short Title:Media Writing
Full Title:Media Writing
Module Code:MEDA H2003
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:Build on the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired in Introduction to Media Writing. Enable students to utilize the various tools of scriptwriting in both short and feature length scriptwriting. Provide an environment in which students can practice and develop the techniques of scriptwriting. Facilitate an exchange of ideas between students in addition to developing an ability to critically assess the quality of story ideas and completed scripts.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of and utilise the elements of dramatic scriptwriting
LO2 Critically assess the quality of scripts and narrative ideas
LO3 Write a short script in standard format and to a professional standard
LO4 Develop an idea and write a treatment for a feature-length script using the standard three-act structure
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Tools of Scriptwriting
This section will establish & develop the principles and basic elements of scriptwriting. Pre-writing; generating, filtering & testing ideas. Story & Plot Structure: basic three-act structure. Character: creating & developing character; visual dynamics of character; character motivation; conflict. Language: verbal; visual; writing scene direction; sound.
Preparation and Practice
In this section, students will put into practice the elements of scriptwriting acquired in Section 1. These elements will be applied to the following: (a) Writing short scripts (b) Introduction to & preparation for feature-length scriptwriting: developing an idea; writing the film treatment; character biography; log-lines; plot points
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Indicative Assessment: Short Script; Treatment for Feature; Character Biography; Opening 10 Pages of Feature Script 1,2,3,4 100.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading, Viewing, Writing 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • McKee, Robert 1999, Story: substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting, Methuen
Recommended Book Resources
  • Field, Syd 2007, The Screenwriter’s Workbook, Delta Publishing
  • Mc Grath, Declan, Mc Dermot, Felim 2003, Screenwriting, Rotovision
  • Courgill, Linda 2005, Writing Short Scripts Structure & Content for Screenwriters, Lone Eagle
  • Dancygen, Ken & Cooper, Patricia 2004, Writing the Short Film, 3rd Ed., Focul Press
  • Vogler, Christopher 2007, The Writer’s Journey, 3rd Ed., Michael Wiese Production
  • Parker, Philip 2006, The Art and Science of Screenwriting, Intellect Books
  • Field, Syd 2005, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, Delta
  • Campbell, Joseph 1993, The Hero with A Thousand Faces, Fontana Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Indicative Screenings: Chinatown (Polanski, 1974)
  • Indicative Screenings: The Shawshank Redemption (Darabout, 1994)
  • Indicative Screenings: The Truman Show (Weir, 1998)
  • Indicative Screenings: Jaws (Spielberg, 1975)
  • Indicative Screenings: L.A. Confidential (Hanson, 1997)
  • Indicative Screenings: Billy Elliot (Daldry, 2000)
  • Indicative Screenings: Rabbit Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002)
  • Indicative Screenings: The Wild Bunch (Peckinpah, 1969)