Narrative and Interactive Design


Introduces students to the study of narrative by examining the concepts of genre, tradition and convention in multimedia design. It then introduces the key concepts of interactive design. The course aims at reconciling these design concepts by introducing readings from communication theory, narrative theory and game theory. These theories will be put into practice and examined through the production of interactive multimedia.


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  • Trimester 3 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop knowledge and skills in planning, developing and editing material for on-line delivery;

2. Gain an advanced understanding of the integration of narrative and interactive design principles for online delivery;

3. Gain an advanced understanding of the application of communication theory to production practice; and,

4. Develop an ability to critically appraise their own and the work of others.


This course will explore the development and production of on-line content and material.
It contains eight modules:

  1. Aspects of Communication theory.
  2. Readings in narrative design theory.
  3. Audio and animation for online production.
  4. Readings in interactive design theory.
  5. Moving images and interactive sequences.
  6. Integrating narrative and interactive elements.
  7. Project planning and management.
  8. Production and analysis.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CMNS6010. Students who have successfully completed CMNS6010 are not eligible to enrol in CMNS6070.


This course replaces CMNS6010. If you have successfully completed CMNS6010 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

The course will assume that students have no previous knowledge of this field of study; however, it is assumed that students have a basic level of computer literacy.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Journal: Journal

Project: Projects

Contact Hours

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Computer Lab

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

For students studying on-line - Self Directed Learning: 4 Hours per Week for Full Term. Number of contact hours per week is a minimum recommendation and may vary with individual student's learning style for on-line courses.


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term