Short Title:Advanced Media Writing
Full Title:Advanced Media Writing
Module Code:MEDA H3002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of this module is to further advance the script writing skills acquired in Media Writing, Semester 3. The module further aims to move beyond script writing for short linear narratives by introducing students to non-linear storytelling and a variety of discrete writing genres.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 To explore the concept of non-linear storytelling in scriptwriting
LO2 To apply the tools of dramatic storytelling to a variety of different writing genres
LO3 Produce scripts in standard industry format and to a professional standard
LO4 Critically assess the quality of scripts and narrative ideas
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) %
Variations in Narrative Structure
Non-linear storytelling: multiple plotting; multiple POVs; alternative endings.
Writing Genres
A sample selection of additional writing genres explored in this module includes: Documentary: styles of documentary; proposal, treatment & script writing; narration; storyboarding. Interactive narratives: linear branching; design process: interactive content, storyboard & navigation chart. Adaptation: process – from concept to finished draft; faithfulness to original material; legal issues surrounding adaptations. Animation: cartoon genres; from pitch to script; storyboarding; writing humour
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Students are required to complete 3 different short scripts throughout the semester. 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
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, reviewing, 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

Recommended Book Resources
  • 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
  • Wright, J.A. 2005, Animation Writing and Development, Focal Press
  • Scott, J. 2004, How to Write for Animation, Overlook Press
  • Hauge, M. 2011, Writing Screenplays That Sell, Collins Reference, Anv. Ed.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Screenings: Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)
  • Screenings: Run Lola Run (Tykwer, 1998)
  • Screenings: Toy Story (Lassater, 1995)
  • Screenings: Finding Nemo (Stanton, Unkrich, 2003)
  • Screenings: Amores Perros (Inarritu, 2000)
  • Screenings: Wall E (Stanton, 2008)
  • Screenings: The Incredibles (Bird, 2004)
  • Screenings: Monsters Inc. (Silverman, Docter, 2001)