You will complete the following taught modules:
This module addresses key dramaturgical terms, introduces you to a range of dramatic approaches and centres on three case studies, which form the basis of the first 4,000-word assignment.
Media, Form and Genre
This module widens the focus to embrace the differing dramatic media (TV, radio, film) as well as considering other questions of genre (comedy, monologue, TIE). Assessment offers a choice of 4,000 word essay, or an adaptation project with 1,000-word introduction.
Writing in Context
This module focuses on some of the practical concerns of the playwright and includes: creative workshops; developing an awareness of the professional writing context; consideration of the roles and processes of the playwright within the production process; introduction to the processes of creative partners; developing an explicit, personal aesthetic, and the preparation of a pitch document. Assessment is via a portfolio of work, comprising both original writing (monologue, or short play) and writing about writing, in the form of eg, a manifesto, personal aesthetic, pitch document . 3,500 words plus 500 word contextualising statement.
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