Short Title:Storytelling
Full Title:Storytelling
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 advance and build on the script writing skills acquired in Screenwriting 1 and Screenwriting 2, Semesters 3 & 4 respectively. The module further aims to move beyond script writing for short linear narratives by introducing students to non-linear narratives, scripting for documentary, and writing for a variety of discrete storytelling media platforms.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Produce scripts in industry format and to a professional standard
LO2 To apply the tools of dramatic storytelling to a variety of different storytelling platforms
LO3 To understand and critically evaluate the concept of non-linear storytelling in scriptwriting
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) %
Scripts for Production
Writing industry standard short screenplays with final drafts completed and available for production in subsequent practical modules (semesters 7 & 8).
Variations in Narrative Structure
Non-linear storytelling: multiple plotting; multiple POVs; alternative endings.
Transmedia Storytelling
Exploring narratives across multiple platforms and formats: examples include writing scripts and/or treatments for film, comic books, video games, books, television series. Designing storyworlds.
Writing for Documentary
Documentary: styles of documentary; proposal, treatment & script writing; narration; storyboarding.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Students may be required to complete 3 different assignments throughout the semester. Students will be able to choose between the following: (1) Short live action script (2) Short animation script; (3) Script & narrative treatment for documentary (4) Treatment & script for transmedia storytelling concept (5) Treatment for non-linear feature film 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
  • Hauge, M. 2011, Writing Screenplays That Sell, Collins Reference, Anv. Ed.
  • Bernardo, Nuno 2011, The Producer's Guide to Transmedia: How to Develop, Fund, Produce and Distribute Compelling Stories Across Multiple Platforms, Beactive Books
  • Philips, Andrea 2012, A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling: How to Captivate and Engage Audiences across Multiple Platforms, Mc Graw-Hill Edcuation
  • Curran Bernard, Sheila 2016, Documentary Storytelling, 4th Ed. Ed., Routledge
  • Rosenthal, Alan, & Eckhardt, Ned 2015, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Digital Videos, 5th Ed. Ed., Southern Illinois University
  • Courgill, Linda 2005, Writing Short Scripts Structure & Content for Screenwriters, Lone Eagle
  • Parker, Philip 2006, The Art and Science of Screenwriting, Intellect Books
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources