HM4104: Dramatic Writing Fundamentals

HM4104: Dramatic Writing Fundamentals

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Dramatic Writing Fundamentals
Module Code HM4104
Module Tutor Senja Andrejevic-Bullock
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description
Indicative Syllabus

This module will run weekly. Students will attend one-hour lecture each week and a two hour lecture every two weeks. The seminars will focus on the format and structure of dramatic writing texts and performances. Through a series of case studies the student will become familiar with, and adept at using, the conventional format of a play. Through lectures, seminar discussions and a series of 'in-class' exercises, the student will consider a range of basic issues in the construction of drama. Topics/themes will be chosen from (among others): canonical and contemporary dramatic texts; approaches to script development; dramaturgical or analytical vocabulary: 'the dramatist's toolkit'; site-specific and verbatim drama; and the dramatic monologue. Students will participate actively in developing each other's plays in workshop settings and will be expected to write scenes or plays, which their cohort will read and offer advice on developing further.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to

  1. understand theories and popular beliefs concerning the creative process, particularly with reference to playwriting and, to a lesser extent, other areas of theatre practice;
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of contemporary and canonical dramatic texts and their workings;
  3. grasp the practical demands and disciplines of playwriting through a range of examples drawn from the work of established playwrights;
  4. deploy all the basic components of a dramatist's tool kit.
  5. reflect critically on their work and the work of other playwrights, with specific emphasis on contemplating the use of the ten tools;
  6. work collaboratively and constructively in developing their work.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 40
Independent Learning Hours: 260
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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