Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

Playwriting

Module summary

Module code: COML1049
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Literature, Lang. and Theatre
Module Coordinator(s): Adeola Solanke

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Writing for Stage & Screen

Aims

Aims
The course is designed to build on skills students have begun to develop in the Level One course, Writing for the Stage. To facilitate this, students will be expected classify and analyse a wide range of written performance material and produce writing of their own.

Students will develop a greater understanding of the technical and creative skills necessary for the effective writing of performance material. They will analyse and reflect on the craft and practice of playwriting and be encouraged to further develop and reflect on their own dramatic style.

Students will be introduced to the techniques involved in writing and practice writing a variety of performance forms, such as monologues, the one-act play, dialogue and full-length plays.

Students will further develop an analytical approach to their own writing process and practice, through the course journal.

Learning outcomes

On Successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Students will able to recognise and analyse a wide range of stage writing and demonstrate an increased knowledge and understanding of the craft of playwriting.
2 Students will demonstrate their abilities by writing a variety of material for the stage.
3 Students will have gained a deeper understanding of the need to analyse their process and to further explore the processes involved in the development of their own work.

Indicative content

Students will engage in the production of different genres of playwriting as well as engaging with and analysing a wide range of performance material.

Students will explore a range of writing exercises designed to develop a greater understanding of the processes of playwriting, for both theatre and radio. There will also be a number of theatre visits to engage with a variety of performance writing followed up with discussion and analysis, designed to inform the students' own practice.


Teaching and learning activity

The course will be delivered via a range of learning activities - seminars, visual stimulation, site-specific writing, theatre trips and various writing exercises - but the main emphasis in the course will be on workshop activity and the production of different forms of writing. Workshops are designed to provide a variety of activities, such as automatic writing, reading out work that has been produced, critical debate and discussion, and practical advice, all of which allow the students to further develop skills in writing plays for stage. Theatre visits provide students with the opportunity to explore the practice of stage writing and encourage them to seek out inspiration and ideas from other stage writing practitioners.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Writing Portfolio 1
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-3
Grading Mode %
Weighting % 25
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1500/10 mins

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Writing Portfolio 2
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-3
Grading Mode %
Weighting % 50
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 4000 20-30 mins

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Reflective Essay
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1-3
Grading Mode %
Weighting % 25
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1500

Must all elements of summative assessment be passed to pass the course? Y