Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Brackin, Adam
Discipline and Number
ATEC 6356 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Interactive Narrative

Description of Course:

Not long ago we were spectators, passive consumers of mass media. Today, we ARE media. Abandoning our role as passive audience members, we approach television shows, movies, even advertising as invitations to join in - as experiences to immerse ourselves in at will. This course will rethink the ancient art of narrative for a two way world - innovators and story mechanics that are changing how we play, communicate, and think. From marketing to experimental forms, interactive narrative is as surprising as it is inevitable and we are the witnesses to the emergence of this new form of storytelling in which the audience becomes the player and if pushed far enough, author in their own right. This course focuses on advanced research in the analysis and creation of interactive narrative systems, designs, and models through various philosophical and mechanical approaches.

This course will be taught as a follow up to ATEC 6351 "Mechanics of Story I" though courses can be taken out of sequence or independent of one another.(May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.)

Required Texts:

"Art of Immersion" Frank Rose
"Reality is Broken" Jane McGonnigal
Additional reading selections from transmedia IP reading list

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will complete reading assignments throughout the semester followed by group discussion and individual analysis on the class blog as a part of a daily participation grade. Students will turn in five deliverables throughout the semester: first by becoming an expert in a given IP universe by researching and ingesting ALL related media and writing about it, then presenting it to the class, then by creating an Original Intellectual Property Adaptation in an appropriate other media format and presenting it to the class, followed by a post-mortem of the creative process. A more detailed description of the weekly reading assignments and other requirements will be posted each week on the Class Blog.

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