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Digital Storytelling Services

The Creative Industries & Design Faculty offers a range of education, engagement and research services in Digital Storytelling. These include short courses, intensive workshops and research, development and facilitation services.

Continuing Professional Education: short courses and intensive workshops in Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is used in teaching and research at QUT as a platform for exploring the benefits and possibilities of social participation in our mediatised world. These include improved digital literacy and communication skills, healthier and more resilient communities, and a public culture enriched by perspectives and experiences that might otherwise be missed.

As part of QUT’s Continuing Professional Education program the Creative Industries & Design Faculty runs intensive and short courses in Digital Storytelling from time to time.

The intensive workshops are designed to help individuals and organisations to build their own capacities to facilitate social participation through co-creative media production techniques such as digital storytelling. Intensive workshops can also be taken for academic credit by members of the public, in addition to enrolled QUT postgraduate students, or postgraduates visiting from other institutions. Details of the next intensive Digital Storytelling Workshop are provided below.

Digital Storytelling Workshop November 2016

Dates Activities
Thursday 17 November 5-7pm (or at another time by arrangement with the coordinator) Introduction - preparing for the Digital Storytelling workshop
Thursday 24 November 9.30-12 midday Seminar: What’s in a story?*
Thursday 24 Thursday 1-4pm Workshop: Story Circle
Friday 25 November 9.30-12 midday Seminar: What is Digital Storytelling?*
Friday 25 November 1-5pm Workshop: After the Story Circle; scriptwriting; asset management and record keeping
Monday 28 November 9.30-12 midday Seminar: Intellectual Property management for co-creative media: introducing Creative Commons licensing and resources*
Monday 28 November 1-5pm Workshop: Recording scripts; working with sounds and images
Tuesday 29 November 9.30-12 midday Seminar: Uses of digital storytelling*
Tuesday 29 November 1-5pm Workshop: Acquiring sounds and images from the Creative Commons; multi-tracking sound; using moviemaking applications.
Wednesday 30 November 9.30-12 midday Seminar: Platforms and publics: co-creative media and participatory culture*
Wednesday 30 November 1-4pm Workshop: Finalising digital stories, including SFX, titles and credits
Wednesday 30 November 4-5pm Class screening and discussion of stories/ storytelling process
*Participation in these activities is optional for Continuing Professional Education participants

Study Level Options & Certification

All Continuing Professional Education participants who complete the digital storytelling workshop will receive a certificate of completion.

The five-day intensive workshop can also be undertaken for 12 credit points of academic credit that may count towards a postgraduate award at QUT or another university. In order to qualify for academic credit you complete two items of assessment in addition to the digital story that you make during the intensive workshop. This assessment is supported by the optional seminar program that is included in the program. To undertake this program for academic credit, you need to enrol as a student in a unit of postgraduate study: KCP415 Co-Creative Media: Digital Storytelling. If you are already a QUT student this can be done through QUT Virtual. If you are not a student, or are enrolled at another institution you can enrol in KCP415 as a Visiting Student. Please contact Dr Christina Spurgeon on (07) 3138 8184 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further information.

Who should do a Continuing Professional Development five-day Digital Storytelling intensive?

The five day intensive workshop is aimed at arts managers, media and communication professionals and professionals in other service industries (for example, health and education) who wish to develop and update skills for the creative workforce. Prior knowledge of digital media applications is not necessary. The program is suited to people who would like to:

  • develop their skills in creating short, story-based, digital multimedia presentations
  • use co-creative media techniques to facilitate the creative participation of ordinary people in digital media projects
  • apply digital storytelling techniques in community development and engagement activities, in government, non-government, community and commercial contexts
  • become a digital storytelling workshop facilitator
  • learn more about digital storytelling and co-creative media practices.

You will learn how to create your own digital story. You will write and record a script and use a movie making application to combine a sound track and 12-20 images to create a compelling personal story. You will work with widely available software, and have the opportunity to finish your story in formats that will allow you to share your digital story by email, to upload it to social media such as Facebook and video aggregators such as YouTube, to lodge it with media and public cultural institutions such as ABC Open and the State Library of Queensland, and to have it broadcast on community television. You will also learn how to manage copyright issues using Creative Commons licensing. Expert tutors will individualise learning and make the workshop experience fun. At the conclusion of the workshop you will understand how to create and communicate many more of your own digital stories. You will also have the opportunity to learn about:

  • How to adapt co-creative media production methods such as digital storytelling to suit different contexts and problems
  • Methods for evaluating co-creative media products, processes and outcomes
  • Why participatory culture and co-creative media are so important to our contemporary mediascape
  • Debates about the benefits of participatory culture and co-creative media methods
  • Strategies for managing the logistics of community engagement through the use of co-creative media production methods.


The charge for the CPE five-day intensive workshop in 2016 is $AUD1430 (GST inclusive). A different fee applies for the academic credit option of this program. Please contact Dr Christina Spurgeon on (07) 3138 8184 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details.

How do I register for a short course or five-day intensive workshop in Digital Storytelling?

Registration the Digital Storytelling intensives opens shortly. Look for the 'registration' tab here or follow the link to 'Digital Storytelling Intensives' from the QUT Continuing Professional Education Courses page.

Customized Workshops

Digital Storytelling workshops can also be delivered off-campus and customized to address specific professional, community, cultural or commercial objectives of host organizations. Please contact Dr Christina Spurgeon on (07) 3138 8184 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further information.

External Consultancies

The Creative Industries and Design Faculty has a pool of professional research and media production specialists who can join or undertake your special projects. Please contact Dr Christina Spurgeon on (07) 3138 8184 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further information.

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