Course Title: Animated Narratives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Animated Narratives

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Kate Cawley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (03) 9925 3708

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore aesthetic, theoretical and critical frameworks for the analysis and generation of animated narratives. You will analyse the unique visual language, narrative structures and forms utilised by animated media.

The course challenges you to engage deeply with possibilities for representation particular to the constructed, animated world, through techniques such as abstraction, anthropomorphisation and the association of ideas through transition and metamorphosis. Through critique of existing works and exploration of historical, cultural and contemporary animation practices, you will identify, develop and apply narrative strategies to your own creative work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critique and discuss existing animated works in relation to theoretical frameworks and professional responsibilities.
  • Analyse and develop innovative narrative approaches through engagement with the unique narrative capabilities of the medium.
  • Identify and apply theoretical, historical and cultural references within the field to your creative practice.
  • Develop and apply appropriate strategies to solve problems during the practical development of animated narratives.
  • Adapt your practice in response to critique and/or justify your creative work within the context of established practice.

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

  • Effectively and professionally communicate your ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Work collaboratively to plan and produce animation, game and interactive media projects.
  • Critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgment and ethical responsibility.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as workshops, tutorials, presentations and group and class discussion, class activities 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.

The University Library has extensive resources for Animation, Games and Interactivity 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 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.

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