SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMW821954
Module Leader Ann Marie Di Mambro
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop a basic concept and synopsis for an original TV drama into an original written treatment, before going on to create full written biographies and 'journeys' for each of the main characters students envisage for their original TV drama.


-2582 Creative thinking. Pitching story ideas. Narrative techniques for single television drama. Developing character through story. Writing and editing scene by scene. Building towards narrative climax. Moving towards later drafts

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning outcomesOn satisfactory completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate critical knowledge and evaluative understanding of the principal professional practices and processes relevant to the advanced creation of an original TV drama for the contemporary TV fiction market. 2. Evaluate and integrate into the student's own practice contemporary TV industry paradigms and principles with respect to the advanced creation of original TV drama. 3. Demonstrate originality and creativity in the writing of a detailed scene by scene for an original TV single drama to current TV fiction industry standards and requirements.4. Adopt a self-directed and creative approach to the writing of a television single play based on current TV fiction industry standards and requirements.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures analysing content & tone and character 'journeys' in contemporary original TV drama; Practical workshops on concept development, treatment writing and fashioning original character biographies & 'journeys'; Tutorials on treatment writing and character biography assignments; Formative assessment incorporating reflective elements alongside practical exercises; Summative assessment of written treatment and original character biographies & 'journeys'. Responding to the needs of the particular broadcaster and particular slot they have selected for their original TV drama, students will learn how to write an original TV fiction treatment based on their idea for an original TV drama. Students will then develop this treatment to form full written character biographies and character journeys for their TV drama. Delivery will be via a combination of GCU staff and a range of appropriately qualified / experienced professional practitioners from the TV fiction industry. Module pass mark: 50%.

Indicative Reading

Atchity, K.J. (2003), Writing treatments that sell : how to create and market your story ideas to the motion picture and TV industry New York: Henry Holt & Co. Creeber, G. (2004), Serial Television: Big Drama on the Small Screen, London: British Film Institute. Davis, R. (2004), Developing Characters for Scriptwriting, London: A & C. Black. Davis, R. (1998), Writing Dialogue for Scripts, London: A. & C. Black. Field, S. (2005), Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, New York: Delta Trade. Halperin, M. (2002), Writing the Killer Treatment: Selling Your Story without a Script, Los Angeles: Michael Wiese Productions. Hammond, M. and Mazdon L. (eds.) (2005), The Contemporary Television Series, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Kress, N. (2004), Dynamic Characters, New York: Writer's Digest Books. Moritz, C. (2008), Scriptwriting for the Screen, London: Routledge. Seger, L. (1998), Creating Unforgettable Characters, New York: Holt & Co. 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. Wetton, S. (2005), Writing TV Scripts, London: Studymates. Journals Broadcast Critical Studies in Television (Manchester University Press 2006 - ) Radio Times The Stage and Television Today Television and New Media (Sage) WorldScreen Websites

Transferrable Skills

Self-confidence; Self-discipline; Self-reliance; Awareness of strengths and weaknesses; Written and verbal 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;

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (PT) 22.00
Custom Activity 1 (PT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 22.00
Lectures (FT) 2.00
Custom Activity 1 (FT) 24.00
Lectures (PT) 2.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (PT) 72.00
Tutorials (PT) 14.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 72.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% e.g. scene by scene and script (60 mins)