Digital Storytelling - MSTU6004

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


TThe 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: 36
Private Study Hours: 264
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Creative Portfolio: 70%
Critical Reflections. 30%

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Alexander, B. (2017), The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
Goggin, G., & Hjorth, L. eds. (2014), The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. New York: Routledge.
Dunford, M., & Jenkins, T., (2017), Digital Storytelling: Form and Content. London: Palgrave Macmillan
Lambert, J. (2013), Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community (Digital Imaging and Computer Vision). New York: Routledge.
Lovnik, G. & Somers Miles, R., (2011), Video Vortex Reader II: Moving Images Beyond YouTube. Institute of Network Cultures
Snickars, P. & Vondreay, P. (2009), The YouTube Reader. National Library of Sweden.
Vernalis, C., Herzog, A., & Richardson, J. (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media. New York: Oxford University Press.

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate systematic knowledge and critical understanding of the skills and techniques required to record and edit online content using both cameras and mobile devices;
2 Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the priorities and practices of video journalism, film ethnography and digital storytelling;
3 Conceive and systematically plan a piece of online content using a mobile device;
4 Demonstrate the aesthetic, conceptual and technical skills necessary to articulate their creative ideas audio-visually and with complexity.

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

1 Present work to an audience 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. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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