Our human tradition of storytelling now exists in a digital media environment where millions have access to multimedia tools and the opportunity to instantly connect with a global audience. From Tik Tok to YouTube, people are telling their digital stories. This hands-on course covers the tools to better understand, produce and communicate within this shared media environment. Over 10 weeks, students produce compelling and emotionally engaging digital stories in the form of a web page and companion 3 - 5 minute video. Students are encouraged to approach their stories from their own unique perspectives and may combine text, images, video, interactivity, music, and other media. These personal projects may include memoir, autobiography, and informative prose, and use a traditional, or non-traditional, narrative structure. Topics include story structure, storyboarding, shot & sound design, editing concepts, and sourcing audio and visual materials. The instructor will also discuss the future of digital storytelling in terms of emerging forms such as AI, AR and VR.
No student is expected to begin this course as an accomplished auteur but each student can expect to leave as a digital storyteller.
- Through weekly Zoom meetings, students will work under the guidance of instructor expertise to achieve their work in a virtual studio environment. In addition, students take part in select course activities at their own time; course content will be posted on a weekly basis based on the scheduled meeting date.
- Note for art educators: This prototype assignment serves as a template that can be replicated in the classroom with many variations, including a narrative about literary characters; historical figures and events; and instructional guides.