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Storytelling and narrative in contemporary media production


Media Production: Visual Narratives

15 hp




The course combines the use of digital production tools with training in storytelling and introduces the theories of narrative in the field of media studies. The emphasis is on exploring the role of visual narratives in contemporary media production, not least the ability to take on the role of media producer.

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A broad range of knowledge for a broad range of workplaces Media and Communication Studies gives you an education suitable for numerous professions. The subject is so broad that it opens up a wide-ranging and rapidly changing labour market. You can work in professions that are directly related to the media and communications industry, such as communications and PR, media production, advertising and marketing, or media and external analysis. At the same time, Media and Communication Studies provides beneficial knowledge for other professions, as the media plays a great role in contemporary society. Professions that are more indirectly linked to the subject are those in education and opinion-making, culture and publishing, graphic design or journalism. After studying Media and Communication Studies you will have developed the ability to critically analyse and formulate problems, but also trained the ability to be a critical and aware user of the media. The scientific format of your studies provides the ability to use source criticism to compile and convey information, as well as experience of working independently. You will also be able to utilise different communication techniques and navigate the digital media landscape based on strategic considerations. Read about research in this subject
Image-based media content in theory and in practice This 15-credit course is divided into three 5-credit modules. The “Tools and Genres” module covers the tools and conditions for the production of media content using still and moving images. You will produce a range of media material, which is then discussed and analysed in relation to narrative genres. The module focusing on “Narratives for Media Contexts” deals with the impact of narrative media content in different contexts. Theories of narration are presented, analysed and discussed. The final module covers a visual media project, during which you will work as part of a media production team with other students, producing visual media content for a given purpose and topic. This offers you the opportunity to develop and display a deeper understanding of narrative communication. Course design Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and project work, both individually and in groups. Theoretical and practical elements are integrated so you develop the ability to reflect on and analyse the relationships between them. The course is examined through mandatory critique classes, as well as written essays. Critique classes include the presentation of media materials and production processes, and reviews of others’ work. The final group project is presented and reviewed at a full-day screening during which the project, presentation and review is evaluated and examined.
Learn to examine the media and its role in society Media and Communication Studies is a broad subject that provides knowledge of communication through the media. You study the media’s role in modern society and culture from different perspectives – both contemporary and historical, traditional and social media, and individually or at a societal level. The foundation of Media and Communication Studies is that societies arise and develop through communication, and it therefore revolves around a central issue: how has mediatised communication changed – and is changing – society? The subject has contemporary relevance and is in constant development, so discussions are always up to date. For example, you look in detail at fake news, populism, fact resistance and opinion making, and see the role played by the media. Media and Communication Studies provides valuable skills in a range of professional roles, as it is increasingly important to know about and understand contemporary media use. You learn to understand society through communication in the media, while being prepared for work in the media or with media-related issues. The subject offers a broad perspective, including areas such as issues of integrity, the media and power, children’s media use, various target groups and media independence. You will also discuss how the media shapes society, and also reflect on how various groups are reflected on the media. At Södertörn University, Media and Communication Studies has a humanist application – historical perspectives and current scientific research allows you to study the role of the media from varied perspectives and to gain a broad understanding of the subject.