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Postgraduate Course: Sequential Stories (DESI11165)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeStudent-Led Individually Created Course AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to closely examine how graphic narratives are constructed and used to tell stories as part of a pre-production process in animation, filmmaking, motion graphics and illustration. Through a combination of theory, research and practice, students will research case studies of their chosen discipline and create storyboards to a high standard appropriate for their specialism. The course is designed to form part of their MA pathway and provide a pre-production template for the work which will be carried out in their final projects.
Course description This course has been designed to develop a deeper understanding of the vital role of storyboards in the pre-production pipeline. Historically these documents have been used to supplement or illustrate screen plays, to support visual development, cinematography and layout and act as a blueprint for final creative outputs. Recognising that there is no current industrial standard, the course will support those newer to the subject areas by introducing examples of best practice. Those already familiar with their use will be supported to develop their style and practice in a more industrial, studio pipeline set-up. The students will be asked to critically assess a range of contemporary and historic examples through research and development of their own artistic practice and supporting contextual discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate extensive and critical knowledge of the key principles of storyboarding in practice and theory.
  2. Apply a range of research and development skills to evaluate and create storyboards.
  3. Consolidate knowledge through critically reflective written and creative outputs.
Reading List
Blatter, Janet. ¿Roughing It: A Cognitive Look at Animation Storyboarding.¿ Animation Journal, vol. 15 (2007): 4¿23.

Halligan, Fionnuala. Movie Storyboards: The Art of Visualizing Screenplays. San Francisco: Chronicle, 2013.

Harland Rousseau, D and Reid Phillips, B. Story-boarding Essentials (SCAD Creative Essentials): Scad Creative Essentials (How to Translate Your Story to the Screen for Film, Tv, and Other Media) Paperback ¿ Illustrated, 18 July 2013

Hart, John. The Art of the Storyboard: A Filmmaker¿s Introduction. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2008.

Glebas, F. Directing the story : professional storytelling and storyboarding techniques for live action and animation / Francis Glebas.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Focal Press ; 2009], ©2009

Jones, M. Vanishing Point: Spatial Composition and the Virtual Camera
animation: an interdisciplinary journal ( Copyright © 2007 SAGE (London, Los Angeles, New Delhi and Singapore) Vol 2(3): 225¿243 [1746-8477(200711)]10.1177/1746847707083420

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. New York: HarperCollins,

Pallant C & Price, S. Storyboarding: A Critical History, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015: 214 pp.: ISBN 978 1 137 02759 7

Simon, Mark A. Storyboards: Motion in Art. Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2012.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will enable graduates to:
Demonstrate a high level of critical thinking and problem solving
Pro-actively initiate research and enquiry in their specialism and the wider field.
Confidently situate their work and experience within their field.
Keywordsnarrative,storyboard,comic strip,panels,frames,graphic,cinematography,screenplay
Course organiserDr Nichola Dobson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5964
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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