Writing for Performance 1

Course code CAPA3820Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Explores some principles of dramatic writing for stage, radio and film. Students are given opportunities to develop their own creative potential through original script writing.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe course aims to:
1. develop an understanding of the role of the writer in contemporary theatre practice.
2. develop an understanding of the differences between dramatic and other forms of creative writing.
3. develop an awareness through practical explorations of the skills required to translate an idea into a performable script.
ContentDiscussions centred upon contemporary dramatic writing

Script analysis

Exercises in dialogue, character, dramatic structure, exposition, conflict, etc.

Exploration of differing techniques and approaches to scriptwriting.
Replacing Course(s)DRAM3820 Writing for Performance 1.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed DRAM3820 Writing for Performance 1 may not enrol into CAPA3820 Writing for Performance 1.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units in Drama at 2000 level. Concurrent assumed knowledge: DRAM3310
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents hand in a synopsis, scenario and a short play for their final assessment task after consultation sessions. 60% Students will be expected to demonstrate a high level of awareness of dramatic theory as a background to their short play. This will be attached to their synopsis
Group/tutorial participation and contributionActive participation in the assigned exercises and tasks: 40% Students are required to keep a file of all their exercises and develop ideas towards their final assessment. Participation is assessed on the basis of active and positive involvement in the course, demonstrating steady progress within its framework, complying with workload expectations and submitting required work on time. Recommended reading is suggested, but not essential in terms of assessment
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term