Transmedia Storytelling Theories and Methods
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Course title in Estonian
Transmeedia loojutustuse teooriad ja meetodid
Course title in English
Transmedia Storytelling Theories and Methods
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Alessandro Nanì (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
- to support the study of theories of transmedia storytelling;
- to provide analytical models applicable to transmedia narratives;
- to explore how different media texts such as ‘learning games’ can serve as tools to support different fields
Brief description of the course
The course is an overview of theories of transmedia storytelling, one that builds from general theories to the specific examination of practices and models applicable to different sub-areas of transmedia.

The course is divided in four sections:
“Introduction”. The section provides the context in which transmedia has flourished and a general overview of the terminology and theories of transmedia storytelling.
“Medium”. The section covers the variety of media that are typically involved in transmedia narratives.
"Audience" The section focuses on transmedia storytelling linked to issues of participation and engagement of, not only the typical AV audiences, but even the general public.
“Analysis”. The section supports the critical examination of case studies of transmedia narratives with a specific focus on areas such as education, journalism and civic participation.
Independent work
The students will have to read the suggested literature in preparation of the exam.
Learning outcomes in the course
After successful completion the students will share:
- knowledge of fundamental theoretical approaches to transmedia practices;
- ability to understand and analyse transmedia narratives;
- understanding of the potentials of transmedia storytelling applied to different fields.
Assessment methods
The course will be assessed by final exam.
Alessandro Nani, MA
Study literature
IBRUS, Indrek; SCOLARI, A. Carlos (2012).Crossmedia Innovations. Texts, Markets, Institutions. Peter Lang.
BERNARDO, Nuno (2011). The Producers Guide to Transmedia: How to Develop, Fund, Produce and Distribute Compelling Stories Across Multiple Platforms. London: CR Entertainment Ltd.
KALOGERAS, S. (2014). Transmedia Storytelling and the New Era of Media Convergence in Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan.
JENKINS, Henry (2006). Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York University Press.
Replacement literature
DAVIDSON, Drew et al. (2010). Cross-Media Communications: An Introduction to the Art of Creating Intergrated Media Experiences. Pittsburgh: ETC Press.
GIOVAGNOLI, M. (2011). Transmedia storytelling: Imagery, shapes and techniques. ETC Press.
MILLER, Vincent (2011). Understanding Digital Culture. London: SAGE.