CMST 115 Visual Storytelling • 5 Cr.


Provides an introduction to key digital storytelling principles and message design for the interactive, rich media environments of the 21st Century. Covers these principles through an examination of media history, architecture, comics, theatre, cinema, visual language, information design, storytelling, and videogames. Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 recommended.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify, analyze and differentiate each of the following graphic styles in which visual stories can be told: Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Surrealism, Bauhaus, Constructivism, Surrealism, Dadaism, Pop Art.
  • Demonstrate the concept of "less is more" by designing a storyboard of a visual concept.
  • Demonstrate any understanding of myth, metaphor and archetype
  • Demonstrate an understanding of common dramatic principles through storyboard
  • Correctly identify the following narrative devices in a movie: central dramatic question, foreshadowing, status, exposition, raising stakes, continuity devices, round vs. flat characters, conflict.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a multiform story either in print or on the web.
  • Develop a visual storyboard concept for one of the following: comic, interactive game, film.