MMP301 Storytelling, Representations and Rhetorics

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Storytelling, Representations and Rhetorics
Program of study: 
Master in Media Practices
Teaching semester: 
2018 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2018 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor’s degree in media production or equivalent

Course content

In the first part of the course, the students will work with film and text analysis as well as dramaturgy, with examples from several genres from both fiction and nonfiction. Emphasis will be placed on the student learning how to evaluate media products and watching films with an analytical eye and system of concepts. Students will learn not only to see what is being told, but also how it is being told, and will be able to identify key elements in linear and nonlinear stories using narrative analysis and other relevant theoretical tools.

In the second part of the course, students will immerse themselves in dramaturgy linked to a separate speciality and do practical work with a media production of concept/script development, from research and concept development to a finished product within a specific discipline.

The course challenges students to engage in work using new formats and technologies for storytelling at an advanced level. The media products that are produced throughout the course will include research, application and development of new cutting edge storytelling technologies and approaches. Depending on its depth, this process can involve the creation of and/or advanced setup of a platform for new forms of storytelling.

Learning outcome

A candidate with completed qualification shall have the following learning outcomes defined in knowledge, skills and general competence:

Learning outcome knowledge

- have advanced knowledge of storytelling from a media-historical perspective

- have advanced knowledge of dramaturgy and narrative techniques for traditional and new media

- have thorough knowledge of the scholarly or artistic theories and methods of multimodal discourse analysis, narrative, narrative analysis and other related theoretical and methodological frameworks

Learning outcome skills

- can use professional equipment to create media products of high quality within their field

- can take part in shorter media productions within their field of high quality in research, processing, production and completion. Depending on the specialization, this can be the completion of an animatic or the implementation of an independent, limited research or development product in multimedia, cross media or transmedia stories under the supervision of and in compliance with applicable ethical norms

- can analyze academic issues on the basis of history, traditions, characters and space in society in storytelling through traditional media and in the field of multimedia, cross media and transmedia storytelling

- can analyze and critically relate to various informational sources and use them to structure and formulate technical arguments about traditional media, multimedia, cross media and transmedia storytelling, products and practices

- can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in storytelling and work independently with practical and theoretical issues in their field

- can use relevant methods for research and academic and/or artistic development

Learning outcome qualification

- be able to participate in the public debate to improve the quality of media productions

- can structure and convey a story to an audience

- can apply theoretical and methodical knowledge to practical work with media production

- can analyze relevant academic, professional and ethical issues surrounding the use of digital information (big data, data from social media, digital archives) in various media pros

- can use knowledge and skills in new areas to implement advanced and innovative media productions

- can communicate comprehensive independent work and master the language and terminology of their field

-  can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in their field, both with specialists and the general public

- can contribute to innovation and innovation processes in their field

Working and learning activities

The subject material is presented through lectures, seminars and group work. Students will work practically with the subject matter within their chosen specialization both individually and in groups. Guidance will be given both individually and in groups.

Assessment requirements

The students have to attend lectures and seminars

Depending on their specialization, the student will present a synopsis of a media production, a production plan and either a production calculation, script, or storyboard and animatic.

Students in media design will design a platform for storytelling that focuses on opportunities with new technologies.

Evaluation system

Final assessment in the course is based on a folder that contains a media product, production plans and an individual report. This is given an overall grade.

Examination results are executed in accordance with the Directive for Admission, Studies and Examination at Volda University College, chapter 5.


The course will be evaluated in accordance with Volda University College’s quality assurance system. (

Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Hans Martin Dypvik
This course is part of these study programs
Master in Media Practices
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
PortfolioIndividual1SemesterA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Final assessment in the course is based on a folder that contains a media product, production plans and an individual report. This is given an overall grade.
Form of assessment:Portfolio
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Final assessment in the course is based on a folder that contains a media product, production plans and an individual report. This is given an overall grade.
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Audhild Gregoriusdotter Rotevatn