OUT101 Outdoor Media Production

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Outdoor Media Production
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Program of study: 
Bachelor in Medieproduction
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge

The course is open to students in the BA in media production program. Other students and exchange students may apply based on following prerequisites:

  1. 60 credits from relevant studies in media production, marketing, and/or outdoor life.
  2. Study participation requires good knowledge of the English language.

Upon fulfillment of prerequisites, admission may be granted in consideration of the maximum amount of students accepted on the course. 

You should have previous practical skills in handling a photo and/or video camera. The college has a limited number of cameras available to the students for shorter periods when working on projects. It is beneficial to have access to your own system camera with still photography and video capabilities suitable for on location media production work.

You must be in normal physical condition and able to participate in day trips in the mountains where you carry your own backpack and equipment.

Course content

Do you enjoy outdoor activities and media production? This course aims to explore the interaction between mediated communication and its representations of surroundings, nature, locations and destinations. 

The course takes full advantage of the breathtaking surroundings of Volda University College, uniquely located between dramatic fjords and rugged mountains on the north west coast of Norway. Thus, allowing the students to explore new storytelling and media production concepts in remote and uniquely picturesque locations. 

The course supplies the student with practical skills and knowledge to effectively identify, communicate and promote various cultural and geographical destinations in a multiplatform way. With a special focus on photography and short form video, the students work on communicating various concepts and representations from the workshop locations. Such concepts may include social media, staged authenticity, and the guide as social mediator for users in outdoor life, tourism, and recreation.


Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes after completing the course:


Learning outcome knowledge

The student

  • will have knowledge about storytelling techniques for communicating stories to promote activities and experiences in the outdoors in different genres
  • will have knowledge about travel and tourism today in a media production perspective
  • will have knowledge about new tourism, lifestyle and visual expressions


Learning outcome skills

The student 

  • will have skills in communicating experiences from exploring nature/destinations/experiences or guide based activities
  • will have skills in choosing and differentiating between different storytelling techniques and presentation platforms
  • will have skills in relevant communication and media production techniques and tools for creating, composing and presenting content


Learning outcome qualification

The student

  • will have competence in mediating and communicating nature based experiences and destinations through various visual media


Working and learning activities

The course has compulsory attendance and will consist of different work methods including lectures, workshops, practical exercises, pitching, self-study, individual work and work in groups. 

There will be one overnight study trip and several day trips during the semester. You have to participate in the trips in order to be allowed to take the exam in the course.

Regulations governing studies and examinations is to be found at Volda University College, §4-6 on attendance/participation in teaching.

Parts of the program can be implemented as e-learning modules and screen-based teaching and guidance.

The course will be taught in English if there are exchange students participating. Written work requirements may be written in Norwegian or English.

Assessment requirements
  • Producing a media product in connection with each teaching block. The media products may be produced in groups or individually, depending on the specifics of each assignment.
  • Writing a report for each media product.

All assignments must be handed in and approved by the deadlines given.

The student must have approved attendance in all scheduled activities to be allowed to take the final exam.

Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Dag S. Roland

There will be a cost related to transportation, food and accommodation in connection with voluntary trips. More information will be given at the start of the semester.

This course is part of these study programs
Bachelor in Medieproduction
Bachelor in friluftsliv/outdoor life education
Bachelor of PR, Communication and Media
Erasmus Exchange Programme
Journalistikk, spesialisering avis/nett
Journalistikk, spesialisering tv/radio
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Produkt/produksjonIndividual or Group exam-A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade 50One of the media products produced during the course, with paperwork documenting your role in the film, and a report.
OppgaveIndividual-A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade50Theory paper.
Form of assessment:Produkt/produksjon
Grouping:Individual or Group exam
Type of duration:-
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion: 50
Comment:One of the media products produced during the course, with paperwork documenting your role in the film, and a report.
Supported material:
Form of assessment:Oppgave
Type of duration:-
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Comment:Theory paper.
Supported material:
Approval signature: 
Kate Kartveit