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Postgraduate Course: Creating Visual Narratives (fusion online) (EFIE11087)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Futures Institute CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis elective explores modes of storytelling with image and text, and introduces students to techniques of image making, narrative structure, and the adaptation of narratives from verbal to visual formats. Students will be introduced to the principles of narratology, as well as methods of critical analysis, narrative drawing and working with visual materials, in preparation for them creating their own new visual narrative.
Course description Students will begin by undertaking research in textual and visual data relating to selected works that have relevance to a particular contemporary issue or context: for example, the impacts of climate change; epoch-changing social and political developments; and major global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will then work with course organisers and other students during the two intensive days to storyboard, workshop and develop their own original visual narrative inspired by their research into the core creative works.

This could take the form of an infographic, a comic, a graphic adaptation or artwork to be submitted by the end of the elective, accompanied by a reflective document evidencing the research and development of this work.

No specific art or creative writing experience is required to do this course, though we ask for enthusiasm to experiment with and explore different methods of research and making. Workshops and practical projects will introduce methods for both on campus and online students. Limited drawing and collage materials may be required for the workshops but students can work with what is to hand; similarly photography and digital tools can be used in the workshops and the making of the visual narrative, but these are not mandatory for the course.

The aim of the activities is as much about learning and experimenting with different methods of researching, analysing and reflecting on the core textual and visual data as it is about making an engaging and new work that speaks to the important global challenges raised through the course.

Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) - Online Fusion Course Delivery Information:

The Edinburgh Futures Institute will teach this course in a way that enables online and on-campus students to study together. This approach (our 'fusion' teaching model) offers students flexible and inclusive ways to study, and the ability to choose whether to be on-campus or online at the level of the individual course. It also opens up ways for diverse groups of students to study together regardless of geographical location. To enable this, the course will use technologies to record and live-stream student and staff participation during their teaching and learning activities. Students should note that their interactions may be recorded and live-streamed. There will, however, be options to control whether or not your video and audio are enabled.

As part of your course, you will need access to a personal computing device. Unless otherwise stated activities will be web browser based and as a minimum we recommend a device with a physical keyboard and screen that can access the internet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  4
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 3, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Other Study Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study: Scheduled Group-work Hours (hybrid online/on-campus) - 2
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:

The course will be assessed by means of the following assessment components:

1) Creative Research and Development Portfolio (100%)

PDF portfolio of 8-12 pages documenting the research and development of creative work, including documentation of workshop activities and final visual narrative. Includes 800-1000 word reflective report.

Summative assessment deadline will be approximately 3 weeks after the intensive teaching period.

Formative Assessment:

Each course within Edinburgh Futures Institute includes the opportunity for you to participate in a formative feedback exercise or event which will help you prepare for your summative assessment. The formative assessment does not contribute to your overall course mark.

1) Draft Creative Research and Development Portfolio

Formative feedback will be given after the 2-day intensive teaching period based on a first draft of the summative assessment portfolio as students are developing their personal projects.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Group and individual verbal feedback will take place in workshops and meetings. Peer review and feedback takes place at key stages during the workshops and for final work.

Formative feedback will be given after the 2-day intensive teaching period based on a first draft of the PDF as students are developing their personal projects.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Collate and present a diverse range of interdisciplinary research undertaken individually and as part of a small group.
  2. Evidence skills in analysis and interpretation of primary and secondary sources.
  3. Evidence experimentation with, and iterative development of, visual and textual materials.
  4. Produce original creative work combining visual and verbal narrative methodologies.
  5. Critically reflect upon the process of researching and developing a creative project.
Reading List
A primary text and relevant visual sources will be selected for analysis for each year group, and a list of recommended secondary reading will be provided; this may change year on year depending on the focus of the primary text.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course develops graduate skills in research, enquiry and communication (SCQF 1 and 4), and the attributes of intellectual autonomy and personal effectiveness in collaborative working (SCQF 3 and 5), and provides an opportunity to practise existing technical and creative skills (SCQF 2 and 4).
KeywordsVisual Narratives,Narratology,Creative Practice
Course organiserProf Michelle Keown
Tel: (0131 6)50 6856
Course secretaryMiss Abby Gleave
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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