Course Title: Digital Narrative Theory and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Digital Narrative Theory and Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2017


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017

Course Coordinator: Mr Murray McKeich

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4679

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to digital media narrative structures for design. You will explore the ways in which narrative structures are used, to explain and communicate human experiences and perspectives. A key focus of the course is how narrative codes and conventions are used in global digital mediation, integrating visual and written communication and sound. You will also apply narrative structures to develop design responses that communicate effectively in different digital media formats, for different target audiences and cultures.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

• Critically review the influence of technology, social culture, and cross-disciplinary collaboration on narrative forms and applications.
• Discuss how traditional and contemporary media use different narrative types and structures.
• Investigate and analyse a range of audiences, to design and develop appropriate and effective narrative forms for the intended outcomes.
• Apply narrative structures to develop narrative works across different digital media formats.
• Evaluate responses and provide feedback on your work and the work of others.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

• Acquire knowledge of visual literacy and design theory, interactive and motion design, moving image, communications technologies, and digital media production skills and their application to digitally mediated communication.
• Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on the role, application and implications of digital media works in both local and international contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of face-to-face activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion and individual research.

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, articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

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 projects, assignments, critiques, reports and presentations, individually and/or in groups.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

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