Course Brief

This unit aims to develop students’ understanding of how visual narratives are employed in a wide variety of contexts, including examining diverse media such as children’s books, graphic novels, instructional diagrams, storyboarding and animation. Students will consider elements of effective communication and information dissemination in its broadest sense, from simple juxtapositions, through to the manipulation of texts and images, to develop an ability to be understood as a visual communicator and storyteller.

Through practical experimentation students will explore pictorial storytelling, and the use of words and images to create a narrative, including ideas of voice, point of view, pace and balance between word/image, to developing an understanding of the underlying concepts and conventions related to narrative storytelling. Students will be expected to recognise the importance of style and genre in visual imagery and to examine the roles of time and sequence in visual communication.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to produce visual narratives across a range of different contexts. Through effective application of the codes and conventions of visual storytelling, students will be able to communicate clear messages and adapt style and content to suit a variety of audiences.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse how visual narratives are used across a range of media to tell stories.
  2. Explore the codes and conventions relevant to visual narratives.
  3. Present a visual narrative to an identified audience.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of storytelling in a visual narrative.

Unit level: 4
Credit value: 15

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