Course Title: The Craft of Storytelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Craft of Storytelling

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Stephen Skok

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4015

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the craft of storytelling and explores different ways of writing stories for screen. You will experience both established and innovative methods of storytelling through analysis of a range of works. You will explore narrative structure, audience expectations, and other aspects that shape screen storytelling practice and how these storytelling techniques and strategies can be applied to your own narrative work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  •  apply industry knowledge to produce contemporary screen and media content with high production values for a range of platforms and environments
  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in screen and media production to your practice or future study.

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • analyse and discuss a range of stories and identify the narrative techniques used in their construction
  • explore examples of innovations or experiments in screen storytelling
  • examine audience expectations for various forms of story
  • apply storytelling techniques to your own narrative work
  • translate story ideas into visual narratives.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities may include classroom exercises, screenings, online, individual and group based activities. You will also be expected to undertake independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
You will be provided with access to a diverse range of screenworks and viewing facilities will be available. All relevant course materials and lists of any suggested reading will be made available to you. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual/group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment