Course Title: Animation and Interactive Media Studies History

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Animation and Interactive Media Studies History

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: John Lycette

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study the history and theory of animation and interactive media, exploring the very beginnings of these media through to the present day. You will be introduced to animation as a global industry, entertainment, technology and art form. Aesthetic, technological, cultural and theoretical developments in animation and interactive media will be a focus in the course. It will also include research and development in story, including structural paradigms, story development and narrative principles. Narrative structures of animation and interactive media, developed over time, will be examined to inform content design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Employ a body of theoretical knowledge of visual systems, narrative structures and navigational forms to communicate animated linear and interactive concepts.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on the discipline of Animation and Interactive Media based in both local and international contexts.

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

  1. Discuss the historical and contemporary use of animation and interactive media in a global context.
  2. Analyse narrative content and the animated aesthetic through the history of animation.
  3. Explore the impact of major technological, cultural and theoretical developments in animation and interactive media.
  4. Evaluate narrative structures in linear and interactive media and apply this knowledge to the development of simple original content.

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 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.

Assessment may include studio 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 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 Tasks 

You will be assessed upon the creative tasks you undertake as part of Animation and Interactive Media Studies History. Each of these creative tasks will be assessed individually, with your academic mark and grade for the semester determined by the sum of the individual results.

You will be given full details for these tasks in briefs provided when you are first assigned the tasks.

Script Writing and Story Development (Draft): 35% (CLO: 2, 4) 

Script Writing and Story Development (Final): 35% (CLO: 2, 4)

Media Histories Lecture Series 1: 15% (CLO: 1, 3) 

Media Histories Lecture Series 2: 15% (CLO: 1, 3)