Playwriting 2 THEATRE5007

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course affords students the opportunity of working with a practicing playwright/dramaturge towards the creation of a major new piece of writing


The course is based on a mix of group sessions - including workshop sessions and individual tutorials with a professional mentor. 4 x 2 hour tutorials; 4x 3 hour workshops.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters level.

Successful completion of Playwriting 1.


A portfolio of at least four draft scripts produced throughout the semester, accompanied by a 1,500 word reflective document that reflects on the playwriting process, including working with a dramaturge (100%).

Course Aims

■ The course aims to:

■ develop and expand the students' practical skills in writing for performance - specifically, understanding the process of developing a full-length play for performance;

■ deepen students' experience of working creatively, reflexively and productively with a professional practitioner - generally a practising playwright/dramaturge;

■ develop students' abilities to respond positively to creative processes and critical feedback;

■ extend students' awareness of the potential of practical experimentation as a mode of developing their writing; and

■ expose students to working with other professional practitioners - generally a director and/or actor - and understand how these roles can contribute to script development

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate an understanding of the processes that writing a full length play requires;

■ write with confidence for performance;

■ demonstrate how to work in a script development context - specifically, how to work productively with other professional practitioners; and

■ demonstrate how to revise from critical feedback.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.