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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

Required literature

Abrams, Bell et al, Mainstream and Alternative Film Form - in Studying Film

Comment: Chapter 8

Abrams, Bell et al, The Language of Film - in Studying Film

Comment: Chapter 6

Bordwell and Thompson, The Relation of Shot to Shot Editing - in Film Art

Comment: Chapter 8

Marcie Begleiter, Storyboards in Pre-Production – in From Word to Image

Comment: Chapter 2

Sherri Sheridan, Creating Original Characters, Themes and Visual Metaphors - in Developing digital short films

Comment: Chapter 1

Reference literature

John Alton, Painting With Light

Joseph V. Mascelli, The 5 C's of Cinematography

Marie-Laure Ryan, Narrative Across Media

Mark Meadows, Pause and Effect, The Art of Interactive Narrative

Paul Wheeler, Practical Cinematography

Robert Rodriguez, Rebel Without a Crew