Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Audiovisual Narrative I

Audiovisual Narrative I
First semester
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: English

Teaching staff

Isadora García Avis: igaravis@uic.es


Audiovisual Narrative I is a 6 ECTS credit course that aims to introduce students to the analysis of narrative theory, as well as its application to different areas of the audiovisual industry.

Pre-course requirements

There are no pre-requisites. However, the student is recommended to have an interest in audiovisual stories (film, television or other media).


The objective of this course is for students to learn about the foundations of audiovisual narrative, and to be able to analyse them from a critical perspective.


  • 01 - The ability to adapt to varying circumstances
  • 02 - The ability to understand, accept criticism and correct errors
  • 03 - The ability to administer and manage human and technical resources
  • 04 - The ability to work in a team and autonomously
  • 05 - The ability to organise time and workspace
  • 06 - The ability to develop academic rigour, responsibility, ethics and professionalism
  • 07 - The ability to apply the deontology and respect for the audiovisual sector
  • 08 - The ability of critical analysis, synthesis, concretion and abstraction
  • 10 - The ability to confront difficulties and resolve problems
  • 12 - The ability to meet deadlines, develop the ability to be punctual and respect for human, technical and material resources
  • 13 - The ability to create spoken and written communication
  • 14 - Knowledge and mastery of rhetoric and oratory to communicate own ideas
  • 16 - The ability to manage, analysis and reflect on content
  • 17 - The ability to contextualize and critically analyze the events of social reality and to represent Contemporary History
  • 19 - The ability of informative documentation
  • 20 - Knowledge and mastery of bibliographic media
  • 21 - Knowledge and mastery of the digital culture
  • 22 - Knowledge and mastery of the distinction between opinion and information / colloquial and cultured register
  • 24 - The ability to plan and organize both short term and long term projects
  • 25 - The ability to maximize creative development
  • 26 - The ability to develop a sense of taste and perfection in the aesthetics and finalization of projects
  • 32 - The ability to confront audiovisual and film projects in all phases (pre-production, shooting, post-production, distribution)
  • 33 - The ability to create and direct.
  • 34 - The ability to know and respect the different roles of the artistic and technical teams
  • 40 - The ability to defend and respect authorship and intellectual property
  • 42 - The ability to distinguish, analyze and dominate the distinct genres and formats of television, film and radio
  • 43 - the ability to create scripts for film, television and radio according to the demands of the genre
  • 44 - The ability to adapt to new audiovisual formats
  • 45 - The ability to know and dominate the techniques of audiovisual narrative.
  • 49 - The ability to write fluent texts, step outlines or scripts
  • 53 - Lingustic ability in Catalan, Spanish and English
  • 54 - The ability to skillfully manage the literature, terminology and linguistic structures of the English language related to the field of communication.

Learning outcomes

  1. The students will understand the nature and the form of the audiovisual dramatic narrative.
  2. They will know how to identify the main narrative elements that make up an audiovisual story, in different areas (both fiction and non-fiction).
  3. They will acquire the basic tools to develop analysis and foster the creation of audiovisual stories.


Block I. Introduction to fundamental concepts.

Block II. Main narrative components of the audiovisual story.

Block III. Applied narrative modules.

Module 1. Adaptations

Module 2. Stories beyond fiction

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Coaching. Monitoring how students learn the content of the subject, either individually or in groups. In the coaching sessions, mistakes will be corrected, queries answered, and exercises and activities to achieve the established objectives will be suggested. 0.6
Focused Praxis. Handing in occasional exercises to learn theory through practice. 0.8
E-learning. Virtual learning based on ICT. 0.6
Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students. 1.6
Peer learning. The aim of this activity is to ensure that students gain the ability to analyse and be critical. One way of achieving this is by correcting their peers' exercises and results, etc. Each student will be evaluated twice: as both a recipient and a transmitter of critical knowledge. 0.4

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

First examination sitting (January):

  • 50% Final project (in groups)
  • 30% Personal analysis diary (individual)
  • 20% Class grade (attendance and participation in class exercises)

To be able to pass this course, students must obtain at least a 5, both in the final project and in the diary.

Second examination sitting (June):

100% Final project (individual)

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