Syllabus Photography BA (A), Narrative Forms in Media, 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: FT007G
  • Subject/Main field: Fotografi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Media and Communication Science
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Established: 3/15/2007
  • Date of change: 6/28/2013
  • Version valid from: 7/1/2013


This course is aimed to introduce students to the ground fundamentals of storytelling through mediated devices. Drawing on examples from filmic, televised and other common narrative mediums the course will focus on and illustrate the various storytelling elements that are involved.

Course objectives

After passing the course students will:
- be able to describe the fundamental grammar used within TV & Film production
- be able to practically applicate storytelling techniques employed through media
- be able to describe the process of taking an idea from word to image
- show basic video production skills
- be able to do a simple analys of narrative conventions in TV and film


The course deals with:
Introduction to TV and Film grammar.
Creative writing skills, plot-structure and narrative development.
Transference from script to screen.
Storyboard and pre-production skill-building.
Rhetoric of the image
Representations through sound.
Sequence/scene analysis
Genre definitions

Entry requirements

(OB 6)

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course will include lectures, seminars and practical assignments.

Examination form

The final grade would be awarded through an assessment of three assignments.

Assessment criteria for this subject can be found on

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Reference literature

  • Author: Robert Rodriguez
  • Title: Rebel Without a Crew
  • Author: Paul Wheeler
  • Title: Practical Cinematography
  • Author: Mark Meadows
  • Title: Pause and Effect, The Art of Interactive Narrative
  • Author: Marie-Laure Ryan
  • Title: Narrative Across Media
  • Author: Joseph V. Mascelli
  • Title: The 5 C's of Cinematography
  • Author: John Alton
  • Title: Painting With Light

Required literature

  • Author: Sherri Sheridan
  • Title: Creating Original Characters, Themes and Visual Metaphors - in Developing digital short films
  • Comment: Chapter 1
  • Author: Marcie Begleiter
  • Title: Storyboards in Pre-Production – in From Word to Image
  • Comment: Chapter 2
  • Author: Bordwell and Thompson
  • Title: The Relation of Shot to Shot Editing - in Film Art
  • Comment: Chapter 8
  • Author: Abrams, Bell et al
  • Title: Mainstream and Alternative Film Form - in Studying Film
  • Comment: Chapter 8
  • Author: Abrams, Bell et al
  • Title: The Language of Film - in Studying Film
  • Comment: Chapter 6