Course Title: Animated Narratives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Animated Narratives

Credit Points: 12.00


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


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Chris Barker

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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 in linear and interactive forms. 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 that innovate with the capabilities of the medium. 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

You will be assessed on your development against 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 work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgment and ethical responsibility.

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

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

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

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

This course has the following three assessment tasks:

• Assignment 1 (15%)    Community of Practice: Periphery    Linked to course learning outcomes 1 and 5.

• Assignment 2 (35%)    Folio 01: Exploration    Linked to course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

• Assignment 3 (50%)    Folio 02: Consolidation    Linked to course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Briefs and assessment rubrics for all assessment tasks will be made available in Canvas at the commencement of the course. Students are expected to attend and contribute to class, including providing peer review and peer learning.

Oral feedback on assessment tasks will be provided in class and written feedback via the grading rubric.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

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