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Short Film Workshop

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Short film is one of the most dynamic and compelling modes of storytelling in modern culture.

But what is the best way to approach writing for this medium?

Taught by an experienced and award-winning writer and director, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how to write short film scripts with confidence.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten 2-hour workshops, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work, and debates. Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

Syllabus content

Areas for exploration are likely to include:

  • Ideas Generation
  • Formatting
  • Structure
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue
  • Themes
  • Editing
  • Getting Your Work Made

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

For the assessment, you will produce a portfolio of script (around 10 pages in length), including a reflective component.

Reading suggestions

Screenplay by Syd Field

The Art & Science Of Screenwriting by Philip Parker

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.