Undergraduate Course: Design & Screen Cultures 2: Visual Narratives (DESI08056)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Formative Assessment Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Assessment is by submission of written work throughout the course with summative feedback at each point of submission
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Use a variety of appropriate research approaches to show an understanding and awareness of the subject area of visual narratives.
- Undertake a critical analysis and evaluation of selected examples to demonstrate the relationship between visual narratives and audiences.
- Convey your findings in an articulate and appropriately illustrated essay which communicates your understanding of narrative construction and analysis.
|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.
|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.
|Keywords||Visual culture,narrative theory,deconstruction,moving image,interactive narratives,authorship
|Course organiser||Dr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
|Course secretary||Miss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712