Multimodal Composition: DICE 4030

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Course Details

A multimodal story uses a combination of text, images, video, audio, graphics and interactivity in a format that allows each medium to contribute without redundancy. In this course, you will explore multimodal stories in a variety of formats, and learn to create both linear and non-linear story “packages.” The course is project-based, and each week you’ll work on one step in the development of a midterm and final project. You’ll also learn to analyze multimodal stories carefully and gain awareness of the expressive and informational strengths of each medium.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Research and plan multimodal narratives using Cornell notes, sticky note summaries, image sketches, and storyboarding.
  • Craft narrative, voice and tone in your stories using ethos, logos and pathos across media elements.
  • Produce photographs with awareness of composition and design conventions.
  • Create a well-crafted 5-shot video sequence with live or added audio.
  • Use user-centered design principles to flowchart user interaction and navigation.
  • Become familiar with site prototyping and social media planning.

Sample Syllabus