Digital Storytelling - MSTU5002

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 30 (15) James Newton checkmark-circle


The proliferation of mobile devices and the rise of participatory culture have had a transformative effect on how moving images are generated and experienced. The ease with which we can now create and share images, audio and video has impacted how stories are told and films are made. This module explores some of the many new forms of content creation and narrative practices that have appeared as a result of this technological and cultural change, and encourages students to engage with these forms critically and creatively. Students will examine digital storytelling as an emergent form of participatory media by exploring new media narrative methods such as vlogs, citizen journalism, social media based storytelling and video essays. Students will create short works in a number of these forms.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 33
Private Study Hours: 267
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Creative Portfolio: 70%
Critical Reflections. 30%

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the skills and techniques required to record and edit online content using appropriate devices;
2. Demonstrate understanding of the priorities and practices of video journalism, film ethnography and digital storytelling;
3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and apply techniques and principles to plan a piece of online content;
4. Demonstrate the aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills necessary to articulate creative ideas audio-visually

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Present work for comment and critique and act on feedback;
2. Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline and time management skills;
3. Critically reflect upon their own work as well as the work of others;
4. Communicate effectively and appropriately to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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