Upon successful completion of the course, students will:
- Learn the theoretical concepts, genres and characteristics of interactive narratives
- Understand their structure and function
- Apply semiotic analysis on interactive narratives
- Familiarize themselves with the articulation of the semiotic analysis with the new media and technologies used
(c) Comprehend the various roles of the user / reader, depending on the type and degree of interaction
f) Connect theory with practice, both by analyzing interactive texts and by producing their own simple interactive narratives during the lessons.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Nowadays, new forms of narrative have emerged, where the user actively influences the story development and often affects their course. With the support of technology, these narratives have been applied to almost all kinds of cultural production: from literature and art to advertisements, video games and, very recently, television. In this course, we focus primarily on the semiotic and narrative analysis of interactive novels, animations and video games, in order to address narratives in as many semiotic systems as possible (natural language, visual, sound, filmic etc.) while at the same time we will look at various other applications such as in advertising, in educational applications, in art, in videos for social purposes and more.
semiotics, interactive novels, animations, video games
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