Media Production: Visual Narratives, 15 credits
(Medieproduktion: visuellt berättande, 15 högskolepoäng)

Course code: 1096MV
Subject area: Media and Communication Studies
Main field of study: Media and Communication Studies
Academic school: School of Culture and Education
Disciplinary domain: Technology 80% Humanities 20%

Grading scale: G/VG
Education cycle: First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level: A (introductory)
Progressive specialisation: G1N (First cycle. Entry requirements: completed upper secondary education)
Language of instruction: English

> Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Culture and Education at Södertörn University on 2014-09-11 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

> Entry requirements

General entry requirements and English B (intermediate level), Social Sciences A (basic level) (Specific entry requirements 6).
General entry requirements and basic level social sciences (equivalent of Swedish course Social Sciences 1b / 1a1+1a2) (Specific entry requirements A6).

> Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student is able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Explain the relationship between theory, technology and narration in media production,
  • Understand and analyse the social role of visual narratives, their genres and historical context.

Skills and abilities

  • Examine, reflect on and discuss the importance of fictional and documentary narratives in media production,
  • Work independently with video cameras and software for visual narration, execute and present an independent visual media production
  • Explore and transform knowledge, grounded in theoretical perspectives on culture and media, into stories in analogue and digital form.

Judgment and approach

  • Use criticism constructively in own and others’ narratives,
  • Demonstrate a critical approach to theories, methods and tools,
  • Identify and problematise the relationship between the observer and the observed,

Evaluate his/her role as a media producer from an ethical and democratic perspective.

> Course content, modules and examinations

The course combines training in the use of digital production tools with training in storytelling. This is further explored in analytical discussions about the student’s own and other’s production. The course also introduces the student to theories of narrative in the field of media studies.

The emphasis is on exploring the role of visual narratives in contemporary media production, not least the ability to take on the role of media producer. This course also provides an understanding of computer-based media’s role as a technological and cultural expressions.

1001. Production, Tools and Genres, 5 credits, 5 credits

(Produktion, verktyg och genrer, 5 högskolepoäng)
This module covers the tools and conditions for the production of media content using still and moving images. Students produce different media material which is is discussed and analysed in relation to narrative genres.

Grades permitted: U/G/VG

1002. Narratives for Media Contexts, 5 credits
(Berättande i mediekontexter, 5 högskolepoäng)
This module deals with the impact of narrative media content in different contexts. Theories of narration are presented, analysed and discussed.

1003. Visual media project, 5 credits
(Projektarbete i visuell medieproduktion, 5 högskolepoäng)
In this module, the students work as a media production team to produce visual media content for a given purpose and topic. The project offers an opportunity for students to develop and show a deeper understanding of narrative communication.

See the assignments here

> Course design

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and project work, both individually and in groups. Theoretical and practical elements are integrated in order to develop the ability to reflect and analyse the relationships between them.

Students will produce a range of individual images and movies, discuss and analyse these and, at the end of the course, use these experiences to conduct a major project in teams.

See Lectures here

> Examination format

Students are examined at a number of mandatory critique classes, as well as through written essays. Critique classes include the presentation of media materials and production processes, and reviews of others’ work.

The final group project is presented and reviewed at a full-day screening during which the project, presentation and review is evaluated and examined.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

> Reading list

If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.

See the reading list here