Storytelling in the Digital Age
This course is no longer being offered.
In 2008, Nicholas Carr asked everyone on the internet, “Is Google making us stupid?” The answer seems to be yes, and no. The immediate availability of boundless stores of information gives us all a crutch to lean on when we need quick answers; if you have a smartphone in your pocket, you are a walking encyclopedia. But only so much information will fit on a smartphone screen, and our collective attention spans have shrunken to the point where I’m lucky if you’re still reading this ;) 96% of all clicks on Google search results go to the first 10 listings.
This course will give you an opportunity to both understand and participate in new forms of storytelling that are emerging in our digital media world. We will re-learn the art of creative self-expression in ways that both respect tried-and-true dimensions of narratology, and respond to our new, fast-paced ways of interacting with content online. We will learn from and dissect the films, stories, and interactive sites created by today’s leading digital media producers, and we will put these lessons to use as you create engaging, self-expressive narratives of your own. Learn craft, process, and how to use digital media to tell the stories that matter most to you.
Students will focus first on the written text for each project, and will be guided through a series of drafts, receiving peer and instructor feedback each step of the way. As you integrate sound and image into each project, you will explore both the technical logistics and the intellectual/aesthetic considerations inherent to producing coherent work in this medium. Students will read and view a wide range of exemplary and instructional texts, learning to read and view closely and critically.
This course provides a good introduction to the arts of storytelling and critical reading. The skills learned will give students an advantage in any introductory-level humanities college course, from English to Media Studies. In addition, the final projects produced by students can be a useful addition to any college admissions portfolio, as examples of creative ability. The course website will serve as a showcase for all final projects.
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Coursework requirements: This course requires approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.
You will need the following to participate in this online course:
• Computer with internet access, browser, and access to a webcam
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player
Digital camera with video capabilities (a smartphone is acceptable)
Course Fee: $985
Enrollment deadline: June 30
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