Digital Narratives

Module code: MS1006

Module co-ordinator: Verity Milligan

Module Outline

This module will introduce you to aspects of both narrative and digital production, including concepts of narrative and how these contribute to digital storytelling. Students will plan their narrative, focusing on either fiction or documentary, working in a small group, to a tight deadline. Students will gain practical skills in photography and still image editing, creating a narrative from still images and basic editing skills in both audio and video. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of digital creation tools available on the internet as well as applications designed to share and log their production experience. In addition to the digital artefact, students will have the opportunity to critically reflect on their own practical digital work and the work of their peers, developing their ability to work both individually, and in a group to a deadline.

Topics covered

  • Concepts of narrative, both theoretical and practical, and how these contribute to digital storytelling.
  • Development of research skills designed to inform the creative process of creating digital narratives.
  • Practical skills in photography, still image editing, creation of narrative, basic audio editing skills, an appreciation of creative web 2.0 tools as well as applications designed to share and log the production experience.
  • Critical reflection on your own practical digital work and the work of your peers.

Learning

  • 10 one-hour lectures
  • 10 one-hour seminars
  • 10 two-hour practical classes/workshops
  • Fieldwork

Assessment

  • Individual reflective essay (50%)
  • Digital artefact (30%)
  • Presentation (20%)