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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5407M Digital and Intermedial Storytelling

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Amelia Knowlson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module encourages you to engage critically and practically with the ways in which digital technologies and new media are being used to develop, interrupt and question the conventions of storytelling, narrative aesthetics and audience engagement. The module provides practical, interdisciplinary opportunities for you to explore the implications of digital technologies and new media within your individual creative storytelling practice – looking at examples from new media (podcasting/vlogging), interactive media and intermedial arts.


This module encourages students to develop a critically engaged, practical understanding of how new media and interactive digital technologies can be used as tools for storytelling. In the first part of the module, case-studies are introduced in lectures and discussed in seminars. In the second part of the module, students establish practical strategies for applying that knowledge within creative practice in the context of staff-led and self-directed practicals. They conclude the module by planning and developing their own examples of digital and/or intermedial storytelling.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Engage critically with the ways in which new media and digital technologies are reframing and transforming narrative arts.

2. Understand, articulate and evaluate the creative benefits and implications of new media and digital technologies in the context of narrative arts.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
3. Successfully define and realise a creative project informed by critical engagement with the affordances of digital technologies and new media.

4. Locate personal creative practice in relation to broader trends and debates in industry practice and culture.

Competence standards
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following competence standards:
1. Apply relevant theories and concepts to the development of digital and intermedial storytelling projects.
2. Demonstrate a critically and theoretically engaged understanding of current industry practice in digital and intermedial arts.
3. Reflect on the relationship between personal practice and broader trends and debates in industry practice and culture.
4. Demonstrates ability to develop and realise a creative project, working effectively within constraints of time and available resources.


Indicative Content:-
Introducing, analysing and contextualising contemporary and historical examples of narrative arts that make use of digital technologies and new media. (This could include, but is not limited to, podcasting, vlogging, intermedial performance and gaming.)
Contextualising and analysing the creative use of digital technologies and new media through the lens of narratological theory, performance theory and relational aesthetics.
Debating, defining and evaluating the creative affordances of specific technologies and media.
Exploring the use of digital technologies and new media in the creation of original works of narrative art or storytelling.
Locating and developing the skills necessary to create practical work using specific media and technologies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours267.50
Total Contact hours32.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The subject matter of each seminar and practical will be framed with reference to the assessment tasks and learning outcomes in order for students to ask questions and receive feedback on the development of their thinking and their ideas for their assessment tasks.Students will be given one group-tutorial prior to proposing their practical projects and one individual tutorial prior to submitting their practical work in order to provide support and monitor work in progress. Students will be encouraged to seek out support during seminars and practical sessions so that they can ensure learning and assessment work is relevant to the module learning outcomes.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalScript/text 5000 -6000words), performance (25-30mins) or digital artefact (duration or word count to be agreed in advance dependent on medium), all supported by 1000-1500 word critical framing statement.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit is the same task.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/04/2024 17:02:11


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