Spring 2018 - IAT 313 D200

Narrative and New Media (3)

Class Number: 4785

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 1415, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Michael Filimowicz
    mfa13@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-8178
  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 48 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Explores the role of narrative in various media and New Media environments, from traditional linear environments and multi-linear and networked media environments. Examines the relationship of narrative elements in the light of the practice and the aesthetics of New Media. It will include an overview of New Media theorists.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is taught in a MULTI-CAMPUS format, which means that two classrooms at different campuses (Downtown and Surrey) are linked through video conferencing technology. The instructor will alternate campuses every other week so that student experience is equivalent at both campuses.

The course also uses a BLENDED DELIVERY format. This means that some of the Lectures and Assignments are delivered and submitted primarily online, and the freed up classroom time is to allow students and teams to meet with instructional staff periodically in order to get personalized, in-depth feedback on their work-in-progress which will supplement the online feedback and evaluation. 

iat313 Narrative and New Media explores the role of narrative in various media and New Media environments: both traditional linear environments and multi-linear and networked media environments. Examines the relationship of narrative elements in the light of the practice and the aesthetics of New Media. It will include an overview of New Media theorists such as Murray, Bolter & Grusin, and Zimmerman.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Learning Activities:
The class will include online lectures, screenings, class discussions, course readings, Canvas material/discussion board, writing assignments and media project assignments. Students and teams may schedule time with the instructional staff during the reserved classroom time for personalized in-depth feedback on work-in-progress.   

Course Objectives: In this course students will:
•   Demonstrate a solid understanding of the principles of linear and multi-linear narrative
•   Demonstrate a solid understanding of the fundamental aesthetics of new media environments
•   Analyze the construction of traditional linear narratives (film, animation, comics, short story, graphic novels, poetry, songs, etc.)
•   Analyze multi-linear multi-media narrative aesthetics and construction (video-games, hypertext, websites, interactive video, interactive installation)
•   Plan and produce linear and multi-linear narrative projects.

Grading

  • Exercises and Project Milestone Deliverables 70%
  • Final Project 30%

NOTES:

Note that the course is delivered in a BLENDED format. Students and teams will book time with the instructional team during the reserved classroom time for one-on-one feedback, while lectures are delivered and assignments submitted primarily online.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Texts, Resources & Materials:
IAT 313 Course website, textbook, discussion board and email

REQUIRED READING:

"Digital Storytelling:  A Creator's Guide to Interactive Entertainment" (2014) by Carolyn Handler Miller; 3rd Edition; Focal Press (Taylor & Francis)

ISBN: 9780415836944

Registrar Notes:

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