Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming - BA Hons (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming - Level 6 BA Hons (Lancaster Uni)
Our BA (Hons) Scriptwriting for Stage, Screen and Gaming is one of the most unique scriptwriting courses in the UK and is a discipline that is the cornerstone of all creative practice. You will explore how to write for film, television, gaming and theatre, as well as developing an analytical and commercial awareness that will prepare you for multi-skilled roles across the creative and digital sector. See your writing come to life through collaborations with actors and filmmakers, live projects with employers and national competitions that will build your skills and reputation as you study. You will gain employability skills in areas such as communication, marketing, digital literacy and team working that will lead to a range of jobs. MediaCity have provided a huge boost to the creative and digital industry and this degree equips you for a number of exciting career opportunities, both nationally and internationally.
On the programme, you will work closely with highly qualified, experienced staff and industry professionals to gain an exciting, real world experience. By studying with us, you not only graduate with an excellent degree – awarded by Lancaster University – but will have developed a portfolio of experience that will enhance your chances of success in getting the job you want.
By studying with us, you will join a highly successful group of students and graduates who possess innovative and adaptable skills that have allowed them to thrive in a dynamic and growing sector. As part of your programme of study, you will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other current degree students from Digital Production and Film Making, Acting and Musical Theatre, where you will be able to see your writing evolve and come to life. You will also have opportunities to work with local and national employers on live projects, as well as developing your skills to enter competitions and engage with a wider community of professionals and audiences.
In terms of the bigger picture, you have chosen an excellent, diverse and thriving industry where there are plenty of jobs that relate directly and indirectly to the skills you will develop on this programme. As well as enhancing your creative skills and critical understanding of language and writing, you will develop wider transferable skills in communication and industry know-how that will allow you to work across multiple platforms with a broad range of industry professionals. Research conducted by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2015) indicates significant growth in the this sector, with the following key findings:
- The Creative and Digital Industries are now worth 8.8 million an hour to the UK economy
- The sector accounts for 1.7 million jobs – which is 5.6% of the job market
- The Creative and Digital Industries grew by 10% in 2013 – three times faster than the wider economy
These findings also support research from Creative and Cultural Skills (2015) , Nesta’s ‘Manifesto for the Creative Economy’ (2013) and Inc. Magazine (2014) , who all demonstrate that students with creative skills and qualifications are more likely to succeed in the workplace owing to their ability to ‘think outside the box’. According to Inc, creative people “observe, make opportunities, find new ways of learning, experiment, foster flexibility, remain open-minded, daydream, take risks, nurture and imagine”. It is these transferable skills that will make you highly employable in a broad range of creative and digital industries.
Furthermore, the team have consulted a range of industry professionals and academics, who have unanimously provided excellent endorsements regarding the programme’s content, structure, diversity and relevance to the workplace. Dr George Green, an author and Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, stated that: “The programme is an excellent idea and will provide useful sector-specific skills, as well as transferable skills to enhance employability”. This is also supported by Dr Christopher Dows, a successful graphic novelist and academic, who commented that: “this is an exciting and innovative programme that shows significant thought and research in its preparation. It combines a unique mix of academic and vocational subjects and plays to the considerable strengths of Blackpool and The Fylde College’s staff and facilities, who have an excellent track record in terms of results, subject specialisms and industry experience”. Finally, the screenwriter, filmmaker and author Dr Freddie Gaffney, stated that: “the programme will offer students an exciting, creative approach to engaging with an area that is the touchstone of all contemporary media productions” and added that “the chosen media are nothing without the writers. Overall, this programme has national, continental and global significance”.
In relation to other Higher Education providers, research conducted into Scriptwriting and related programmes in the UK, demonstrates that the combination of writing for stage, screen and gaming is unique – as programmes of this nature are either Screenwriting for Film, Television and Radio or Playwriting with Performance. This programme recognises the importance of interconnectedness across media platforms and will better prepare you for a constantly evolving industry – as the endorsements show. At the heart of this creative practice is the writer, who is the nucleus, from which exciting, dynamic and collaborative practice begins – and whilst you will clearly develop industry-specific skills over the course of this programme, the transferable skills developed in communication, writing, creative practice, digital literacy, team-work, independent learning, work-based projects and time management, will significantly enhance your chances of employment across a great many areas of the creative and digital industry.
Course Entry Requirements
Admission to level 4 would normally be on the basis of the applicant possessing:
- 200 UCAS points or above with at least 120 points in an appropriate discipline relating to Communication, Media, Film or English related areas.
- GCSE English at Grade C or above.
- Entry to Level 5 would be on the basis of:
- Successful completion of 120 credits with similar or exact learning outcomes – assessed via APL procedures.
- Entry to Level 6 would normally be on the basis of:
- There is no direct entry to Level 6.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 80 UCAS points (previously 200) with at least 48 (previously 120) from an appropriate discipline relating to communication, media, film or English. Also, GCSE in English Language at grade C or above.
Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
In terms of specific skills gaps within this sector, Creative Skillset identify a broad range of areas that include the following relevant job roles or skills:
- Script Editor – In this job role, there are excellent opportunities for collaboration, amongst peers and across curricula. The programme develops skills for this job role across all levels, with a specific focus on this job role in the final year.
- Script Supervisor – To prepare you for this job role, the programme foregrounds the importance of clear communication, project management and an understanding of industry trends. There are opportunities to develop these skills in contextually-focused modules in the final year that enhance work-based skills and professional practice.
- Multi-Skill Platforms – Creative Writers acquire a broad range of transferable skills that apply to the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of communication, media, film and cultural studies. These include critical studies, concept design and development, communication and leadership, client liaison, project management, public relations, marketing and much more. This is a widely supported view that is evidenced in many research papers and in surveys that analyse graduate employment (notably Creative Skillset reports and the government’s Growth Review in 2010).
- Diagonal Thinking – As stated by Creative Skillset: “This is the ability to tell great stories, then know how to monetise those stories to best effect using media that crosses platforms”. Having conducted research into scriptwriting and delivering curricula, it is apparent from leading authors in the field such as McKee (1999) and Gaffney (2008), that story - and an astute awareness of your target market - is the centre-point of the whole process. This is also widely supported by industry practitioners, one of whom – Academy Award Winner Mark Herman – provided a master-class for staff and students at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, in York. His advice on the writing process and direction endorsed the relationship between theory and practice, whilst championing the importance of on the job experience.
After graduating from this programme, you will have developed a range of subject-specific and transferable skills, in professional communication, creative writing, academic and digital literacy and entrepreneurship, which will allow you to seek employment in the following areas:
- Scriptwriting for film, television, theatre, gaming and other creative and digital platforms.
- Journalism – in traditional and digital forms.
- Researching and writing for digital media.
- Researching and writing for documentaries, reality television and other factual forms.
- Digital marketing through social media.
- Marketing and Public Relations.
- Copywriting for Advertising.
- Branding and promotional writing and production.
- Freelance writing.
- Entrepreneurship – setting up your own company.
- Teaching and other roles in education.
Modules and Assessment
This programme places a strong emphasis on the relationship between intellectual enquiry, creative practice and professional projects. By developing a critical understanding of the world of film, television, theatre and gaming, you are better able to produce credible, professional and innovative products yourself. Here is an overview of the modules you will study by level, which consciously embrace critical and creative study in the context of professional practice. The modules are also designed to be student-centred. This allows you to develop your own professional and personal voice and relevant skills for industry:
Level 4 – 120 Credits
- CS101 Thinking and Making 20
- SCR401 Evolutions in Genre and Authorship 20
- SCR402 Story Design 20
- SCR403 Writing for Television and Theatre 20
- SCR404 Writing for Film and Gaming 20
- SCR405 Producers and Audiences 20
Level 5 – 120 Credits
- CS201 Research into Practice 20
- SCR501 Researching and Writing for Factual Programming 20
- SCR502 From Script to Screen 20
- SCR503 Adaptations for Stage and Screen 20
- SCR504 Promoting and Realising Your Ideas for Multi-Platform Media 20
- SCR505 From Script to Stage 20
Level 6 – 120 Credits
- CS301 Independent Research Project 20
- SCR601 Scriptwriting Major Project 40
- SCR602 Innovations in Scriptwriting 20
- SCR603 Skills for Industry: Script Editing and Supervision 20
- SCR604 Enterprise Development and Professional Practice 20
Assessment strategies will offer an exciting and varied approach that will develop your subject-specific and transferable skills. Everything you do as part of this programme is designed to reflect practices within industry, meaning that you will produce portfolios of work, rather than sitting exams. In first year, you will be encouraged to experiment with research and creative forms – both collaboratively and independently – and will be given plenty of formative opportunities to practice and improve, before summative assessments take place. In second year, assessments will build on the skills embedded at Level 4 and will demand a greater degree of autonomy, which will hopefully result in an emerging voice and identity. This will arise through further collaborative practice with peers, staff and employers, as well as the continuation of independent study. At Level 6, you will become increasingly autonomous and will take ownership of your learning to enhance your chances of employment.
As stated above, to reflect industry trends, there are no examinations and all modules are coursework portfolio-based
Level 4 – 120 Credits (all modules are worth 20 credits)
- CS101 Thinking and Making: Three equally weighted coursework assessments: Task 1: Critical Skills Portfolio (33%), Task 2: Group Presentation (33%), Task 3: An essay to develop your intellectual appreciation of industry (34%).
- SCR401 Evolutions in Genre and Authorship: Task 1: A 2000 word essay on genre (50%), Task 2: A 15 minute research presentation on authorship (50%).
- SCR402 Story Design: Task 1: A 2000 word essay on approaches to narrative (50%), Task 2: A 2000 word creative pre-production task on conventional and non-conventional approaches to story design (50%).
- SCR403 Writing for Television and Theatre: Task 1: 2 x 1500 word scripts for each platform with a 1000 word evaluation (100%)
- SCR404 Writing for Film and Gaming: Task 1: 2 x 1500 word scripts for each platform with a 1000 word evaluation (100%)
- SCR405 Producers and Audiences: Task 1: A 2000 word illustrative report on the ways in which producers target audiences (50%), Task 2: A 2000 word treatment and evaluation that outlines a creative project and the ways in which it targets its audiences (50%)
Level 5 – 120 Credits (all modules are worth 20 credits)
- CS201 Research into Practice: Task 1: A 3000 word essay (50%), Task 2: A 10-minute research presentation (25%), Task 3: A dissertation proposal (25%).
- SCR501 Researching and Writing for Factual Programming: Task 1: A pitch, proposal and pre-production portfolio for a factual programme - 5000 words (100%).
- SCR502 From Script to Screen: Task 1: A 3500 word pre-production to production portfolio (75%), Task 2: A 1500 word critical evaluation (25%).
- SCR503 Adaptations for Stage and Screen: Task 1: An adapted script based on source material of your choice and evaluation - 5000 words in total (100%)
- SCR504 Promoting and Realising Your Ideas for Multi-Platform Media: Task 1: A 15 minute presentation on industry trends (30%), Task 2: A digital career development portfolio and evaluation (70%).
- SCR505 From Script to Stage: Task 1: A 45 minute practical workshop demonstration (50%), Task 2: A portfolio of research, production and evaluation (50%).
Level 6 – 120 Credits (all modules are worth 20 credits apart from SCR601, which is worth 40 credits)
- CS301 Independent Research Project: Task 1: A 6000 word dissertation (100%)
- SCR601 Scriptwriting Major Project: Task 1: A 9000 word script and 3000 word evaluation (100% - double weighted module)
- SCR602 Innovations in Scriptwriting: A 5000 word portfolio comprising a non-conventional script and evaluation, produced in collaboration with other curriculum areas and/or employers (100%).
- SCR603 Skills for Industry: Script Editing and Supervision: Task 1: 2 x 1500 word script reports with a 1000 word evaluation (70%), Task 2: A 2000 word investigtive essay on the role of a script supervisor (30%).
- SCR604 Enterprise Development and Professional Practice - A 4000 word portfolio comprising a Business Plan and digital marketing materials (70%), Task 2: A critical evaluation of your business plan and portfolio (30%).
Teaching and Learning Methods
Our approach to teaching, learning and assessment offers a student-centred and employment-focused approach, that will give you the skills needed for industry, as well as allowing you to focus on areas that interest you the most. The programme develops in a sequential manner across levels 4, 5 and 6, by developing your critical awareness, creative abilities and digital literacies relating to film, television, theatre and gaming. This enables you to experiment with forms and ideas in your first year in order to specialise and develop your skills in second and third year. Methods of learning and teaching place emphasis on collaborative practice between students, as well as working in partnership with staff and employers and students from other curriculum areas. You will also attend lectures, screenings and seminars to provide a variety of learning experience. For full details on approaches to teaching, learning and asssessment, click on the Programme Specification link.
In terms of contact time, we deliver the programme over 2-3 consecutive days, rather than spreading your lessons out over 5 days. This consideration is well received by students as it works well for those of you who have other personal and professional commitments.
In Year 1, you will typically have up to 15 hours contact time, plus an expectation of independent study. In Year 2, you will typically have 12 hours of contact and 9 hours in Year 3 This is a typical design of most arts-based degree programmes and allows for greater autonomy as you develop your skills as an independent practitioner.
In terms of specific modules, you will typically study three modules per 16-week semester, with some modules running long and thin - over both semesters - and one double-weighted module at Level 6. Below is an overview of each module, at what point in the year it will run ad how much contact time you can expect per module. In-line with national benchmarks, It should also be noted that each 20 credit module comprises 200 hours in total. This is typically comprised of approximately 60 hours of taught time at Level 4, with 140 hours of independent study required, approximately 50 hours of taught time with 150 hours of independent study at Level 5 and approximately 40 hours of contact time with 160 hours of independent study at Level 6:
Level 4 – 120 Credits
- CS101 Thinking and Making (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week
- SCR401 Evolutions in Genre and Authorship (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 2 hours of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual workshops.
- SCR402 Story Design (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR403 Writing for Television and Theatre (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR404 Writing for Film and Gaming 20: Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR405 Producers and Audiences 20: Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
Level 5 – 120 Credits
- CS201 Research into Practice (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week
- SCR501 Researching and Writing for Factual Programming (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 1.5 hours per week of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual pre-production and production projects.
- SCR502 From Script to Screen (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours per week of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual pre-production and production projects. On tis module you will work alongisde BA (Hons) Digital Production and Filmmaking students to see your writing come to life.
- SCR503 Adaptations for Stage and Screen (20): Semester 1 - comprises 3 hours of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR504 Promoting and Realising Your Ideas for Multi-Platform Media (20): Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours and 45 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR505 From Script to Stage (20): Semester 2 - comprises 3 hours per week of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indivdual pre-production and production projects. On tis module you will work alongisde BA (Hons) Acting students to see your writing come to life.
Level 6 – 120 Credits
- CS301 Independent Research Project (20): Semester 1 and Semester 2 - comprises 20 minutes of supervision time per student, per week.
- SCR601 Scriptwriting Major Project (40): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 2 hours and 15 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR602 Innovations in Scriptwriting (20): Semester 2 - comprises 2 hours and 15 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR603 Skills for Industry: Script Editing and Supervision (20): Semester 1 - comprises 2 hours and 15 minutes of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
- SCR604 Enterprise Development and Professional Practice (20): Semester 1 and 2 - comprises 1.5 hours of contact per week and combines lectures, seminars, group and indisvidual workshops.
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement required as part of the course.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
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You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
You do not need to purchase any specialist equipment for this programme and will have full use of industry-standard facilities on campus. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with other curriculum areas to see your ideas come to life. This will enable you to familiarise yourself with a wealth of creative and digital equipment. Whilst you will be studying a degree directly relating to Scriptwriting for Film, Television, Theatre and Gaming, we will encourage you to go beyond the parameters of the programme and work with students from our Film-Making, Acting, Musical Theatre, Photography, Fashion, Graphics and Arts programmes. It is this culture of collaboration and community spirit that makes our programmes so successful and enjoyable.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
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