Semesters

TOD105 Script writing

Course code: 
TOD105
Duration: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
15
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Program of study: 
Theatre and Drama (Bachelor)
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Norwegian / English
Required prerequisite knowledge

Admission will be based on study programs, where 15 places are reserved for theatre students. The remaining 5 places, and eventual available places are open to students from the exchange programs and students from media programs at VUC, based on a letter of motivation.

Course content

Writing scripts for different media is a growing industry, and this course focuses on writing short scripts for stage and screen. This course is a mainly digital course, with individual guidance, that introduces the students to script writing. 

The students will work on:

  • Idea development and synopsis
  • Constructing characters and plot
  • Dramaturgy and adaptation
  • Dialogue
Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student

  • has basic knowledge of selected theories of dramaturgy, adaptation and script writing
  • has knowledge of key processes within script writing for short films and one act stage plays
Learning outcome skills

The student

  • can apply knowledge of the script writing process, and the adaptation prosess, in order to write scripts
  • can apply knowledge of dramaturgy, character, plot and dialogue to write one act plays and short films
Learning outcome qualification

The student

  • can participate in debates on different kinds of scripts on a digital platform
Working and learning activities

a) The course is mostly digitally based, with written work to be handed in and critiqued through the course of the semester.

b) The classes will consist of a variety of teaching methods:

  • seminars and workshops
  • net lectures and tasks
  • script readings
  • film viewings
  • 5 plays in 5 days - challenge

The course will have a special focus on individual guidance to help the students develop their script writing. 

Assessment requirements

a) Attendance
The course has compulsary attendance.

b) Course work

  • Three scripts (2500 words each), one for stage, one for screen and one adaptation.

On all course works you have two attempts to pass.

Minimum number of students: 
5
Maximum number of students: 
24
Person in charge: 
Vibeke Preus
Raymond Corrado Knutsen
This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in Medieproduction
Erasmus Exchange Programme
Voice acting and scriptwriting
Theatre and Drama (Bachelor)
Theatre and Drama (Year study)
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
PortfolioIndividual1WeekA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade100The student chooses one of the three short scripts from the course works, which is evaluated and graded after the student has had one week for revising the script.All2500-3500 words
Vurderinger:
Form of assessment:Portfolio
Grouping:Individual
Duration:1
Type of duration:Week
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion:100
Comment:The student chooses one of the three short scripts from the course works, which is evaluated and graded after the student has had one week for revising the script.
Supported material:All
Scope:2500-3500 words
Approval signature: 
Unni Hagen