May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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TC 3015 - Digital Storytelling

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
The need to share stories and understand ourselves and others are common across cultures and eras. Stories engage, inspire, and teach.  Storytelling helps professionals communicate about scientific and technical research, as well as craft a shared, holistic view of how an individual interacts with a text or technology. Today technology enables us to create digital stories that foster creativity, empower social impact, build a personal or corporate brand, and share life events. This course covers fundamental principles and application of digital storytelling relevant to professionals across disciplines, and walks students through the entire process of creating a digital story. Class activities include readings, discussions, in-class workshops, and a collaborative project in which students apply storytelling craft to develop a digital story using Adobe Premiere and other relevant tools (e.g., StoryboardThat, WeVideo).     (prereq: GS 1001  or GS 1010H , GS 1002  or GS 1020H , and GS 1003  or GS 1030H , and sophomore standing)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of digital storytelling
  • Explain relevance of digital storytelling to professional activities and effective communication
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of digital storytelling 
  • Select and analyze effective multimedia assets for content, point of view, purpose, and quality
  • Apply knowledge of effective digital storytelling craft to professional contexts 
  • Understand the legal and ethical laws and issues related to using digital assets 
  • Create a digital story using Adobe Premier and other relevant tools 

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Composition
  • Technical writing
  • Public speaking

Course Topics
  • Storytelling foundations (elements of stories, how stories work) 
  • Professional applications of digital storytelling  
  • Basic elements of scripts 
  • Storyboards 
  • Ethical research and use of digital assets in storytelling
  • Digital story creation process
  • Digital storyteller’s toolbox 


Dr. Tammy Rice-Bailey

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