Scriptwriting for Media

Module code: 5MEST006W
Faculty: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design 
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module enables you to gain practical experience and a theoretical understanding of the processes involved in writing a short script for film, and by extension for wider audio-visual media. The role of the writer and these writing processes are placed within a professional framework, and the specific practices of writing for media differentiated from other forms of written work (such as journalistic or literary writing).

This module covers four inter-related areas of study: an introduction to key concepts of short narrative form in film, video and other audio-visual media, an introduction to the specific language uses within script-writing practice, an introduction to technical and presentational skills within script-writing, and an introduction to script reading and critical analysis of scripted material. Throughout the module the emphasis will be on the interconnected nature of theory and practice within the process of script development, with a central focus on developing your original script project. The skills addressed will be grounded in writing for short narrative forms such as short films, but in the context of the transferability of script writing skills across different media.

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and group and individual tutorials. Assessment is based on your coursework, focusing on producing and presenting a short script.