General information

Subject type: Basic

Coordinator: Rafael Suarez Gómez

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Daniel Rissech Roig
Daniel Torras Segura 

Teaching languages

Both practicals and theory will use the Catalan and Spanish languages ​​interchangeably.


Specific skills
  • E5_Design and make an audiovisual product (consisting of still or moving images), taking into account both its technical and artistic aspects, in all its components

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

  • E16_Idear, design, plan and make an advertising audiovisual piece from the conceptualization of its message, the elaboration of the script, the communication strategy and its diffusion


The subject of Audiovisual scriptwriting it is part of the group of basic training subjects and constitutes a first approach to screenwriting (mainly fiction) and its structural and narrative understanding. The basic tools of writing for the audiovisual, the dramatization are therefore studied and the theory of the audiovisual narrative is studied. All with the intention that the student can write and analyze audiovisual products from the point of view of the plot and the story that is intended to be told.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student must be able to obtain the following general (RA) and complementary (RAC) learning outcomes:

LO 1: Carry out a critical analysis of a script for a TV show or film (E5, G5, G4).

LO 2: Write a short film (E16, G5).

RAC 1: Establish the theoretical and conceptual bases on which the production of audiovisual scripts is developed (E5, G5)

RAC 2: Understand the basic narrative resources applied to screenwriting. (E5, G5)

RAC 3: Describe the differential characteristics of audiovisual products of different genres. (E5, G5, G4)

RAC 4: Provide the methodological basis for the creation of the different characters in a production. (E10)

RAC 5 :. Apply quality assessment methodologies in audiovisual products. (E10)

RAC 6: Analyze and evaluate the different dramatic, aesthetic and ethical elements essential for writing scripts. (E16, G5, G4)

RAC 7: Use appropriately the practical tools and guidelines for the task of creating and producing audiovisual scripts. (E16, G5)

RAC 8: Fluency in word processors applied to script format. (E16, G5)

RAC9: Identify the differences in the gender representation of fictional characters. (E10)

Working methodology

Teaching methodology

The hours of non-autonomous learning consists of:

- To take theoretical classes (large group) in which the general contents are presented to achieve the corresponding learning objectives. Conveniently interspersed, follow-up activities and seminars are carried out individually or in groups within the class. These activities tend to be small problems or exercises in understanding the content being presented.

- To discuss, debate and work in groups some exercises and activities proposed in theory class.

- To do some practices (small group), in laboratories that have the necessary equipment for the realization of the same. These activities are used to promote the competence of group work.

The student has and uses as support material the slides that the teaching staff makes available as the course progresses, on the virtual campus. In addition, the detailed teaching plan is available: learning objectives by content, schedule of assessment activities, bibliography and other online resources.

Hours are considered of autonomous learning those hours that the student devotes to searching for complementary information on the Internet, to doing a preliminary reading of both the notes and the basic bibliography for the corresponding theoretical class, to carrying out suggested exercises outside the classroom, and to the study of complementary materials for carrying out practicals and seminars, writing reports and/or narrative files, solving self-learning questionnaires, studying and preparing for partial exams, etc.

The subject is structured in 4 hours per week of theory sessions (large group) and 2 hours per week of practical laboratory sessions (practice group).


Subject matter

Topic 1: The script and the means.

1.1. What is a script?

1.2. Types of scripts.

1.3. Characteristics of scripts depending on the medium and use.

Topic 2: Basic principles of audiovisual narrative. Narrative structure and construction.

2.1. Narrate with images.

2.2. Basic principles.

2.3. The role of sound.

2.4. The concept of gender.

2.5. Dramatic structure/narrative structure.

2.6. Types of script.

- The ternary structure.

- The mythical structure: The hero's journey / The master plots / The universal arguments.

2.7. The dramatization

- The conflict.

- The plot: teacher and secondary schools.

2.8. Plot design.

2.9. Narration and time. Narration and space.

Topic 3: Script construction: format and narrative resources.

3.1. Phases in the construction of the script.

3.2. Literary script.

- How to write it.

- Formats.

3.3. technical script

3.4. Resources and dosing of information.

3.5. Point of view and narrator.

Topic 4: Construction of characters and dialogues.

4.1. Types of characters.

4.2. The characterization.

4.3. How to make them known.

- The identification.

- The arc of transformation.

- The dialogues.

4.4. Bible of characters.

4.5. Basic principles of dialogue.

Learning activities

The activities of the theoretical part of the subject will be divided into theoretical examination and seminars (60% of the final mark of the subject)

1. Theory exam (80% of the theory grade)

Related skills: G4, G5, E5, E10, E16

Related learning outcomes: RAC1, RAC 2, RAC 3, RAC 5, RAC 6, RAC 7

Examen individually.

At the end of the course, there will be an exam where knowledge of all the content covered during the course will be assessed. The exam may also include questions related to the practical sessions of the subject and the viewings done in class. The test consists of a part of questions (test) on concepts associated with the learning objectives of the subject and some development questions that aim to evaluate the level of reflection and use of the concepts presented in the subject by part of the student. The student has 2 hours to complete the test. It is mandatory to pass this test to pass the subject.

An additional 8 hours of independent learning is considered necessary to prepare for the exam.

2. Seminars (20% of the theory grade)

Related skills: G4, G5, E5, E16

Related learning outcomes: RA1, RAC2, RAC3, RAC6, RAC7

The seminars will consist of two theoretical and practical exercises individuals to do in the classroom. The teacher will propose a writing exercise on format, dramatic understanding, characters, interpretation of structure, etc. in the framework of the classroom. Each counts for 10% of the theory grade.

The activities of the practical part are the following (40% of the final mark of the subject)

3. Prepare the dossier and the script of a short film (75% of the practice grade)

Related skills: G4, G5, E5, E16, E10.

Related learning outcomes: RA1, RA2, RAC4, RAC6, RAC7, RAC8

This is the group of activities linked to the final project of the subject: The literary script of a fiction short film.

Students will prepare this activity in groups of five / six people with support material (CeltX software, Fade In, Scenarist Kit, etc.)

In the last session, the final documentation of the short film must be delivered. Partial deliveries will be made during the previous sessions, based on the specifications made by the teachers.

The result of the activity (dossier and script) will have a weighting of 75% with respect to the total of the practical activities.

4. Project presentation group pitching (25% of the internship grade)

Related skills: G4, G5, E4, E16.

Related learning outcomes: RA1, RAC3, RAC6

The last internship session will be dedicated to oral presentation, in the form of pitching professional, all the stories worked on as if we were exposing them to a film producer. The defense of each script will also count in the final grade.

El pitching carried out will have a weighting of 25% with respect to the total of the practical activities.


Internship regulations:

- Internships are not validated for later courses.

- Lack of attendance at internships: Attendance at practices is mandatory. If a student misses more than 20% of the scheduled practice sessions, the practical part of the subject is automatically suspended.

- For each activity, teachers will report on the particular rules and conditions that govern it, including deadlines and means of delivery.

- Deliveries will not be accepted outside the deadlines indicated and by means not specified in the rules.

- The individual activities presuppose the commitment of the students to do them individually. All those activities in which the student does not fulfill this commitment will be considered suspended. Equally, the activities that must be carried out in groups presuppose the commitment on the part of the students who make up the group to carry them out. All those activities in which the group has not respected this commitment will be considered suspended. The responsibility for the results of the work belongs to the group, and not to the individuals who make it up.

- The activities related to the practical sessions of the subject will be carried out in the laboratories, although it will also include autonomous work of the students outside the class hours.

- In all the works will have to identify clearly the relative data to the asignatura as well as to the specific activity and the / s author / s (in alphabetical order). 

- Both the wording and the presentations will take into account both the content and the form, including the spelling. Spelling, syntactic and lexical errors will be penalized according to the criteria indicated in each activity. Jobs that do not meet minimum requirements at the formal level will not be evaluated, so they will be scored with zero points.  

- Any undelivered activity will be scored with zero points.

- Any activity where copying and / or plagiarism is detected will be scored with zero points.

- Any activity that does not meet the requirements specified in the rules will be scored with zero points.

Evaluation system

The theoretical section of the subject (60% of the final grade) will be evaluated through a theoretical exam, which constitutes 80% of the theory grade, and the seminars, which constitute 20% of the theory grade of the subject

The practical section of the subject (40% of the final grade) will be evaluated through the presentation of the short film script dossier, which constitutes 75% of the practical grade, and the pitching corresponding, which constitutes 25% of the internship grade.

Qualification system (evaluation)

1 / Ordinary qualification

Minimum requirements: You must pass both the theoretical and practical sections of the subject to be able to access the ordinary qualification. The recovery is given the opportunity to go with the suspended part only.

The final grade is obtained from the following weighting of the partial grades (in the case of having passed practices and theory):

NFinal = 0.6 NTheory + 0.4 NPractice
NTheory = 0.8 NExam + 0.2 NSeminars
NPractice = 0.75 NDossier + 0.25 NPitching 

Practical N is obtained from the weighted average of the practical activities carried out during the course (Dossier and script of a short film and pitching group)

NSeminars consists of the evaluation of two individual activities carried out during the course in the classroom. 

In order to apply the 60-40 of the NFinal you must pass the theoretical exam.

2 / Recovery Qualification

In case of not exceeding the minimum requirements for an ordinary qualification, the student will be able to recover the note of the part not passed (NTeoria or NPractices).

It is necessary to have obtained a qualification other than Not Presented in the part to recover. 

Seminars cannot be recovered. The recovery test for the theoretical part (60%) will consist of a theoretical exam that will contain questions related to the theory, the viewings done in the classroom and the seminars. The recovery test for the practical part (40%) will refer to questions relating to the practical part of the subject. To recover the practical part, the student will be asked to prepare and correct the suspended dossier or a specific individual test that will be announced before the recovery date.

The valid mark to calculate the NFinal will always be the one obtained in this Recovery which will be a maximum of 7.  



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