Digital Storytelling Masterclass: BTEC Certificate

11th - 13th March 2014
Newcastle University, Newcastle

Discover how digital technology can help you become a skilful storyteller at this highly participative workshop.

You’ll learn how stories are constructed and gain the skills to combine images and sound to grab people’s attention with a truly affecting story. Over three days our trainers will take you through the whole process from writing a script to producing a video. You’ll also find out how to capture or find images that help your story truly resonate with your audience.

Delivered over three days, this workshop will be a fun and intensive training experience. The number of places is limited to ensure you receive the support and feedback you need and have ample time to engage with the creative process and gain your qualification.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who is looking to develop their own skills in storytelling and digital media. It will also prepare attendees to develop these skills in others. It will appeal to people interested in enhancing teaching and learning, working with community groups or communicating more effectively and persuasively with an audience.

Early bird offer

Book before 21st February and pay just £999 (normal price £1100)

Course topics:

The workshop covers all the curriculum requirements of the Professional Development Certificate, made up of three specialist units:

Scripting for Digital Storytelling
This unit enables you to develop an understanding of the nature of stories, identifying their different functional elements and recognising different narrative shapes. You will use this knowledge to plan and write a script suitable for a digital story. Full unit description.
Planning a Digital Storytelling Project
This unit is designed to enable you to collate and order the different elements needed to produce an effective digital story using storyboarding and other techniques. You will be able to select and edit appropriate digital imagery for a digital story and do so responsibly with an awareness intellectual property rights (IPR). Full unit description.
Producing a Digital Storytelling Project
In this unit you will record and edit an audio track for a digital story and use video editing software to assemble various digital media to create a high-quality finished product. You will also discover how to ensure your editing project runs as smoothly as possible through effective file management and with numerous other hints and tips from Netskills’ experts. Full unit description.

Feedback from previous attendees

This was the most enjoyable workshop I have ever attended. I wish we could have had another day! - Christine Gratton, University of Nottingham, July 2013

Your Trainers

Chris Thomson
Tel: 0191-222-5000

Chris is a highly experienced trainer with a background in education and digital media. He has worked on digital storytelling projects with various age groups since 2005 and has a particular interest in the application of digital storytelling to organisational communication and personal development. He is an active member in the national digital storytelling community and has presented on the topic at conferences in the UK and abroad.

Hanna Miettinen
Tel: 0191-222-5000

Hanna is Netskills’ expert on media production and communication. Her expertise in digital photography is an essential element of the Digital Storytelling Masterclass. She also specialises in delivering training on writing for the web, blogging and web site design.

She has a MA in Multimedia Journalism from Newcastle University in addition to a BA in Journalism for which she studied in Helsinki.

As well as a rewarding learning experience, this event also provides recognition for your new skills and knowledge through our BTEC-accredited professional development programme.

Why would I want a qualification?

Our training has a well-earned reputation for helping participants develop the practical skills they need. However, we know that sometimes you need proof of your abilities. That's why this event was designed to lead to a recognised qualification in e-learning. It is awarded through BTEC, meaning that it's thoroughly quality controlled and widely recognised.

How do I get my qualification?

You will complete a number of short practical assessments, receive tutor feedback and support, and by the end of the workshop, you will have completed the qualification, subject to final verification.

The course is well run by a dedicated group of staff whose assessment is accurate and consistent throughout. Feedback is excellent both in quality and quantity, with learners being told what they must do to rectify errors and being allowed time to do so.
- BTEC verification report on the Netskills accreditation schemes

Workshop Venue

The workshop will take place in the fabulously equipped Netskills Training Suite at Newcastle University. The Training Suite has recently been refurbished; it's a bright and airy space with a large lecture room, quality computer rooms and relaxed coffee areas (free coffee always available!).

About Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne is an historic city of cultural attractions and impressive architectural grandeur. Grey Street, in the heart of the city, was voted best street in Britain by Radio 4 listeners and described by John Betjeman as the most imposing facade in Western Europe ... Not even Regent Street, even old Regent Street London, can compare with that descending subtle curve.

The Quayside area by the River Tyne boasts the splendid BALTIC centre for contemporary art and the Sage Gateshead, home for music and musical discovery.

There are numerous bridges across the River Tyne, the best known being the Tyne Bridge which has not only become a symbol of the city but was also the prototype for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The impressive new millenium bridge (aka the 'winking' or 'tilting' bridge) is also a must see!

If shopping is your love, you'll be overwhelmed with opportunity in Newcastle!

If you'd like to explore the region, Hadrian's Wall, Durham Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Tynemouth Priory or the scenic Northumbrian coastline are all within easy reach. Whatever your preference, you're sure to have an enjoyable and memorable break.

For more regional information see the Visit Northeast England web site.

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  • Education sector price: £999
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