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Undergraduate Course: Design & Screen Cultures 2: Visual Narratives (DESI08056)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the theories of visual narratives within design and screen cultures by examining key texts in contemporary popular culture and to methods of deconstruction to aid understanding from both audience and practitioner perspectives.
Course description The Design & Screen Cultures 2: Visual Narratives course is designed to help you explore and develop your sense of visual narrative in a wider context. The course will begin with an overview of some of the key theories of visual narrative and look at a broad range of examples to help you consider how images and spaces can tell stories with or without accompanying words. Narrative perspectives of the maker, the audience and visual form itself will be examined to aid your understanding of the visual culture around you, and your role as a maker in its creation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework.
Assessment is by submission of written work throughout the course with summative feedback at each point of submission
Feedback Formative assessment is provided at the mid-point of the academic year. There is also continual formative feedback and feed forward throughout the academic year during group sessions and through peer group work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a variety of appropriate research approaches to show an understanding and awareness of the subject area of visual narratives.
  2. Undertake a critical analysis and evaluation of selected examples to demonstrate the relationship between visual narratives and audiences.
  3. Convey your findings in an articulate and appropriately illustrated essay which communicates your understanding of narrative construction and analysis.
Reading List
Altman, R (2008) A Theory of Narrative, New York; Columbia University Press.
Barry, P(2002) ¿Narratology¿, Beginning Theory, Manchester, MUP.
McLeod, S. (1994) Understanding comics : the invisible art, Harper Collins
Meadows, S. (2003) Pause and Effect: The art of Interactive Narrative, Indianapolis, New Riders
Ryan, Marie-Laure (Ed) (2004) Narrative Across Media: The Languages of Storytelling, Lincoln; University of Nebraska Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Upon completion of the course students will:
Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them and be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge;
Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking;
Make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding.
Be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another; understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues.
KeywordsVisual culture,narrative theory,deconstruction,moving image,interactive narratives,authorship
Course organiserDr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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