Module Catalogues

Introduction to Storytelling

Module Title Introduction to Storytelling
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

This module is designed to:
Introduce students to the craft of storytelling including basic building blocks of character creation, intention, conflict etc.
Provide a historical context for stories and myths from diverse cultures
Engage students in the art of storytelling
Promote the rules of storytelling and allow the generation of original stories

Learning outcomes

A. Demonstrate understanding of mythic structures and how they permeate film and TV stories
B. Comprehend the significance of character arc and character development, conflict (inner and externalized); and how this can be conveyed to an audience
C. Engage in oral traditions of storytelling
D. Engage in the practical task of writing original narrative stories

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
The teaching sessions are divided into three components (lectures , seminars and tutorials).
A series of lectures will provide the historical and conceptual background to understand the writer and his/her process
Seminars will focus on the practical process of ideas generation and telling stories, both verbally and in writing.
Tutorials will focus on reviewing work in progress and reflection.