Creativity, Communication and the Digital Age

Unit code: ACU1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park


Creativity, Communication and the Digital Age introduces students to the dynamic relationship between media and communications technologies and creative and cultural practice, with a particular emphasis on storytelling. Arguing that storytelling is intrinsic to human cultures, the unit affords students the opportunity to consider how digital communication technologies are transforming the ways we tell and receive stories. It does this by engaging students in a critical analysis of prominent forms of digital storytelling, while also assisting them in telling a story of their own through a medium of their choosing. By blending theory and practice, this unit explores how media technology shapes and is shaped by culture, and thereby demonstrates how students and graduates are increasingly digitally literate producers and curators of knowledge and stories rather than simply consumers or conveyors of the creative output of others.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate the role of storytelling in human cultures;
  2. Examine theories of narrative selfhood;
  3. Analyse storytelling techniques in various digital media;
  4. Collaborate in the production, curation and sharing of knowledge in a contemporary academic setting.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Oral story pitch.
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
Individual work of storytelling.
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Collaborative oral or digital presentation of analysis of digital storytelling techniques.
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 10%
Structured peer-to-peer feedback.

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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