Introduction to Dramaturgy

This course defines the terminology and fundamentals of dramaturgy, outlines different cinematic narrative structures in the areas of film and TV in various genres. Various screenwriting theories and models will be discussed and elementary components of conventional film narration will be identified. In practice classes, films and screenplays will be analyzed and students' drafts will be discussed and structured.

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Stutterheim, K., Kaiser: Handbuch der Filmdramaturgie. Frankfurt am Main.(ausgewählte Kapitel) 2. Aufl. 2011 Empfehlung: McKee, Robert, Die Prinzipien des Drehbuchschreibens, ISBN-10: 3-89581-045-2, S 498, Deutsch, Erschienen bei: Alexander Verlag Berlin, 2008ausgewählte Kapitel Field, Syd, Das Drehbuch - Die Grundlagen des Drehbuchschreibens, 2007, ISBN-10: 3-86671-019-, S 463, Deutsch, Autorenhaus Verlag

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Applied methods including macro and micro levels of teaching. Macro methods are case studies, analyses, debates and games. Micro methods are keynote lectures, dialogic learning, film and script analyses and discussions. Students work individually or in the plenum.

Assessment methods and criteria

One grade for both lecture and tutorial part of class. In total 70 points for final written exam. The tutorial part is worth 30 points (continuous assessment). In total 100 points are to be obtained.

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Film-, TV-, & Media Production (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After the successful completion of this course the students will be able to identify and specify different narrative forms of various genres in the areas of both fiction and non-fiction. They will be able to read screenplays and to analyze their structure with regard to narrative framework, exposition, denouement, plot points, etc. In dramaturgical exercises the students will learn how to turn fictional narratives into a film while taking dramaturgical requirements of the respective genres and formats into account.

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