Course Title: Myths and Symbols in Screen Storytelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Myths and Symbols in Screen Storytelling

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Andrew Harrison

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4350

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 94.02.34

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore a range of screen works that illustrate expressions of myths, symbols and archetypes that are widely used in screen storytelling. By studying a range of screen works you will explore the continuous development and renewal of this form of communication and its place in different media. This will allow you to consider how myths and symbols and archetypes can be used to enhance a range of storytelling practices relating to screenwriting, cinematography and production design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • interpret a range of myths, symbols and archetypes for historical and contemporary meaning
  • describe and analyse the application of myths, archetypes and symbols as structural elements and concepts applied to narrative
  • explain the cultural differences in the expression of myths and symbols as used in visual media
  • apply the use of myths, symbols and archetypes to narrative development for visual media.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Media and Communication students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


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 activities, presentations, 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 Equitable Learning Services 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