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Screenplay Writing Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Have you ever sat through the credits of a movie, marvelling at the sheer number of people involved? Do you know which single, small, unassuming object brings them all together? It’s the script. Without the screenwriter, none of this could have happened. Without it, there is no movie. So, every time you watch those credits roll, there is one name in there that brought them all together. The screenwriter.

This course will take you through each component required to write a successful screenplay, guide you through creating your own, and help you with the editing and pitching processes.

The course begins by introducing the screenplay as a written form, explaining the main steps of a story, with examples, and looking at the various choices to be made when structuring your screenplay. We’ll look at how to develop well-rounded characters with strong backstories and believable presentation and explore dialogue, examining character speech and narration,  the function of dialogue in a movie, and how to use it.

From there, we will work towards writing the first draft of act one of a three-act screenplay. You’ll move onto writing act two, including the rising action of your movie and try/fail cycles of increasing challenge. It’s then onto the ending – act three – where you will learn to write the climax for your movie, the falling action and the ending. We will also explore some standards for writing tricky scenes, including love scenes, action scenes and adaptations.

The Screenplay Writing Diploma Course concludes with a look at editing and pitching, including how to edit the first draft into a more polished standard, how to gather useful feedback on your script and what to do with your script once it is finished.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand the components of a successful screenplay
  • Write your own screenplay, following step-by-step guidance
  • Become familiar with the editing process
  • Know how to pitch your screenplay
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is a Screenplay?
  • Part 2: Formatting a Screenplay
  • Part 3: Features of a Screenplay
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Ideas
  • Part 2: Worldbuilding and Building a Story
  • Part 3: Journey, Change and Resolution
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Elements of Narrative Structure
  • Part 2: Structuring a Screenplay
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Types of Characters
  • Part 2: Character Creation
  • Part 3: Character Creation Questionnaire
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Dialogue?
  • Part 2: Am I Talking Too Much?
  • Part 3: Between the Lines
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Three-Act Structure in Detail
  • Part 2: The Setup
  • Part 3: Components
  • Part 4: End of Act One
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Journey
  • Part 2: The Heart of the Matter
  • Part 3: Falling and Rising
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: How Not to End Your Movie
  • Part 2: Beginning the End
  • Part 3: Afterwards
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Love Scenes
  • Part 2: Fighting and Action Scenes
  • Part 3: Death
  • Part 4: Time Travel
  • Part 5: Comedy and Adaptations
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: The First Draft
  • Part 2: Editing Your Screenplay
  • Part 3: Readers
  • Part 4: Send Your Script
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you have a great idea for a film but don’t know how to formulate it into something that could one day reach millions of people, this course will help you get started and provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop your own screenplay or go on to further study.

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The Screenplay Writing Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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