DGTL13008 - Visual Storytelling

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit of study builds on the prerequisite unit to teach visual storytelling concepts and narrative film-making techniques. You will learn how to create a visual story narrative by employing principles and elements of story design. You will develop practical film-making skills related to directing and cinematography during the production of a narrative short film. You will learn how to constructively critique screen production work through an exploration of screen culture and history.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MMST11009 Digital Video and Audio

Antirequisite: Students who have completed DGTL12010 Visual Storytelling or DGTL13003 Advanced Media Production may not enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Practical Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student consultation (Zoom)
Final assessment item would work better as a group activity, as it is difficult to complete solo.
Creating a short film without a production crew is extremely challenging. Future iterations of the unit will aim to provide more time for planning and executing the final film, and reinforcing creative approaches to some of the challenges that arise without a crew. The final film assessment must remain an individual task to ensure it remains suitable for distance students and on-campus classes with low attendance. It is acknowledged that it would be beneficial to the screen production program as a whole to introduce units focused on working with a crew.
Action Taken
Source: Formal unit evaluation
Screening choices were too challenging/confronting
Content warnings and alternative screening options are already available to students for the more confronting films. Better communication of the purpose of and requirements surrounding screenings is required earlier in the term, as it appears that some students were under the misapprehension that they had to watch all screenings.
Action Taken
Source: Formal unit evaluation
The workload expected of students was too high. Written components of assessment tasks were identified as adding unnecessarily to the workload.
Changing the unit structure to enable students to plan and prepare for their final film assessment from the start of the unit should help reduce some of the pressure students felt. Further, rather than integrating written and practical components into each assessment item, the assessment will be restructured so that each assessment item is more focused.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Create a narrative short film by employing principles and elements of story design
  2. Create a narrative short film through the application of film-making principles and skills related to directing and cinematography
  3. Constructively critique screen production work within the context of screen culture and history.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment