Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Visual narrative is a storytelling tool for artists, designers, illustrators and animators . This course applies established theories and practices of visual narrative through tools such as drawing, storyboarding and digital image making . Through project work, students link theory and visual research to knowledge and practical skills including materials, media, drawing techniques and digital platforms of delivery.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the essential requirements in making sequential drawings and imagery for visual narratives

2. Demonstrate an ability to select appropriate drawing systems, styles, techniques and platforms of dissemination in context of the narrative

3. Show critical thinking and evaluation through pre-visualisation and storyboarding

4. Exhibit technical capabilities in the use of relevant materials, technology and software

5. Display an awareness of new technologies relevant to visual communication drawing

6. Prepare and present the results of visual research


Understanding the representation of place and space provides a solid theoretical and practical basis upon which to build knowledge of drawing systems, styles and techniques.  Students undertake visual exercises and narrative design projects to apply theoretical knowledge to practical skills with a variety of media and techniques.

  1. Application of visual storytelling techniques to create dynamic imagery that conveys mood and emotion
  2. Exploration of a range of media, image making drawing instruments
  3. Experimental visual narrative techniques and critical reflection on narrative as a visual form
  4. Research and referencing visual resource material
  5. Investigation and analysis of essential drawing systems and techniques
  6. Develop compositional design and conceptualise scenes
  7. The language of drawing, film, comics and sequential images

Assessment items

Project: Project 1 - 40%

Project: Project 2 - 40%

Journal: Journal - 20%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1 and 7

Self-Directed Learning

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2-6 and weeks 8-12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.