SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMP321957
Module Leader Ann Marie Di Mambro
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Satisfactory completion of PG/Dip Television Fiction Writing or having less than 30 credits outstanding.

Summary of Content

This module provides Television Fiction Writing students with the opportunity to be assessed for a Masters qualification based on a portfolio of self-created original television fiction writing work, alongside critical reflection on practice. The Independent Script Project is the direct, appropriate equivalent (in terms of vocationally focused scriptwriting education best equipped to maximise future employment opportunities) to the traditional Masters dissertation and incorporates within it strong research, evaluative and critical reflective elements. As such it represents the culminating Masters element for Television Fiction Writing students. Students will be encouraged to develop and draw on television fiction writing knowledge, understanding and skills acquired throughout the entire diploma part of their programme of study, with a view to using all of these in order independently to research and create for their culminating Masters project an original drama. Students will additionally submit, as evidence of career planning and development, a fully developed CV. In Semester B, prior to the execution of the project, students will receive guidance and briefings regarding planning the project, leading to the preparation by the student of a formal proposal. On the basis of the proposal, they will be allocated to an individual supervisor with appropriate TV fiction industry knowledge and experience for the project proposed, the role of whom will be to provide supervisory guidance and direction over the period of the student's creation and writing of the project.


As an individual independent project, there is no set syllabus but students will typically engage in the following activities: Devise and plan the independent script project. Apply concepts and theories learned with respect to television fiction writing to the particular chosen script project. Create and develop a TV fiction series idea. Create, develop and write storylines. Create, develop and write a one hour script. Create, develop and write plotlines for the further episodes. Design and finalise a CV.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate critical knowledge, awareness and evaluative understanding of issues, practices and processes within the overall field of television fiction writing including subject specialist elements appropriate to the specific nature of the project chosen.2. Demonstrate critical knowledge and evaluative understanding of research and problem-solving in terms of acquiring, analysing, interpreting and making appropriate use of information in order to develop and enhance the project undertaken.3. Evaluate and integrate research with practice through reflective appraisal.4. Plan, execute and critically reflect upon an individual self-generated script project.5. Exercise substantial autonomy, creativity and initiative with respect to synthesising research and other information together with the knowledge, techniques and practices of TV fiction writing and applying these to the generation and delivery to deadline of a written independent script project. 6. Demonstrate high level written skills in creating, communicating and critically reflecting upon their project.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Guidance and briefings to students during Semester B regarding the requirements of MMP321957. Guidance in planning the project. Allocation to an individual supervisor with appropriate TV fiction industry knowledge and experience for the project proposed, the role of whom will be to provide supervisory guidance and direction over the period of the student's creation and writing of the project. Supervision by GCU staff may be supplemented by advice and input from a range of appropriately qualified / experienced professional practitioners from the TV fiction industry as appropriate to the nature of specific projects. Career planning and personal development aspects of the project, including production of CV, are incorporated as part of Personal Development Planning (PDP). Two PDP meetings, including approval of student's final CV to be inserted into the portfolio of work comprising the independent script project, to be held in a) the final week of Semester B assessment period and b) 3-4 weeks before submission date of independent script project. Module pass mark: 50%.

Indicative Reading

Ashton, P. (2014) The Calling Card Script: A Writer's Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio, UK: Bloomsbury. Banks, M. (2015) The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild, USA: Rutgers University Press. Blum, R. (2013) Television and Screen Writing: From Concept to Contract, UK: Taylor and Francis. Bolton, G. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development, USA:SAGE Bradbury, H., Frost, N., Kilminster, S. & Zukas, M. (2012) Beyond Reflective Practice, UK: Routledge. Cook, M. (2014). Write to TV: Out of your Head and onto the Screen, USA: Focal Press Davis, R. (2004), Developing Characters for Scriptwriting, London: A & C. Black. Dawson, A. & Holmes, S. (2012) Working in the Global Film and Television Industries, UK: Bloomsbury. Emm, A. (2001), Researching for Television and Radio, London: Routledge. Epps, J. (2016) Screenwriting is Rewriting, UK: Bloomsbury. Friedmann, J. & Walker, C. (2011) Insider's Guide to Writing for Television, UK: Trotman. Finer, A. & Pearlman, D. (2004) Starting your Writing Career: The Warner Bros television writers workshop guide, USA: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. Llewellyn, S. (2003), A Career Handbook for TV, Radio, Film, Video and Interactive Media, London: A & C Black. Macdonald, I. (2013) Screenwriting Poetics and the Screen Idea, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. Marinescu, V. (ed) (2014) Critical Reflections on Audience and Narrativity, USA: Wallflower Press Marinescu, V., Branea, S& Mitu, B. (2014) Contemporary Television Series: Narrative Structures and Audience Perception, USA: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Marks, D. (2015) Inside Story: The power of the transformational arc, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. McKee, R. (1999), Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, London:Methuen. Millard, K. (2014) Screenwriting in a Digital Era, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. Moritz, C. (2008), Scriptwriting for the Screen, London: Routledge. Parker, P. (2006), The Art and Science of Screenwriting, 2nd rev ed., Luton:Intellect Books. Price, S. (2010) The Screenplay: Authorship, Theory and Criticism, USA: Palgrave Macmillan. Ricketts, G. (2013) Clearly Creative CVs: How to Write a CV for the Creative Industries, UK: Matador. Sharp, E. (2014) How to get a Job in Television, USA: Bloomsbury. Smethurst, W. (2007), How to Write for Television, London: How To Books. Vogler, C. (2007), The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structures for Writers, 3rd edn., Los Angeles: Michael Wiese Productions. Weissman, E. (2012), Transnational Television Drama, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Yorke, J. (2014) Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them, UK: Penguin.

Transferrable Skills

Self-confidence; Self-discipline; Self-reliance; Awareness of strengths and weaknesses; Written communication; Creativity; Independence; Ability to reflect; Commercial awareness; Ability to prioritise tasks; Time management; Innovation; Independence and risk-taking; Ability to apply knowledge; Problem-solving; Research skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed learning 516.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Assessment (PT) 70.00
Assessment (FT) 70.00
Tutorials (PT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 50% Independent Script Project comprising " At least 60 mins of fully scripted TV drama" Scene by scenes; story arcs; character blogs; notes from editor as appropriate" CV