Digital & Visual Storytelling Pathway

Digital & Visual Storytelling Pathway

Storytelling is at the heart of human experience. In the Digital & Visual Storytelling Pathway, students will explore the powerful role that digital and visual media play in helping to tell stories and learn to use various tools to that end. Students will cultivate skills of digital and visual storytelling, examine theories and methods of creative and ethical digital storytelling, and explore career opportunities in digital and visual media.

Students in this Pathway will gain experience using digital tools and visual production methods while exploring different elements of digital and visual culture. Through thoughtful combination of coursework, experiential learning, and reflection, students will learn to be critical producers of visual and digital texts and understand theories and methodologies of media processes and contexts.

Students who choose this Pathway will develop knowledge and skills in these areas:

  • Analysis & Interpretation of multiple sources of information
  • Digital & Visual tools of production, communication, and reception
  • Politics & Ethics of communicating with images and texts

Students on this Pathway might go into journalism, business, research, or the arts. They might become data analysts, web designers, writers, or reporters (for television, internet, or print media), and more. This Pathway is adaptable to a wide range of student interests and aspirations and is designed to help you gain confidence and feel empowered in your storytelling abilities.

Take three (3) courses fitting the following descriptions.

Theory & Method

Courses in this requirement will give introductions to forms of visual literacy, examine approaches to media and digital studies, and/or consider the role of cultural identities in visual creation and viewership.

  • COMM 33200: Visual Communication & Culture*
  • COMM 35100: Critical/Cultural Methods*
  • GMDS 11000: Intro to Global Media & Digital Studies
  • GMDS 12000: Intro to Media & Cultural Studies
  • GMDS 13000: Intro to Film Studies
  • GMDS 14000: Intro to Digital Studies
  • GMDS 25000: Transnational Approaches on Media & Film*
  • GMDS 30000: Research Methods in Global Media & Digital Studies*
  • GMDS 35201: Social Media & Everyday Lives*

Production & Storytelling

Digital Production: Students opting to complete approved coursework in digital production should expect to develop technical skills in visualizing and communicating information. Emphasis may be placed on the role of technology in shaping human experiences and expression.

  • ARTS 17100: Introduction to Digital Imaging*
  • GMDS 23100: Visualizing Information*
  • HIST 20104: Latin America & the United States*
  • HIST 20215: Digital Storytelling with ArcGIS

Film/Media Production 

  • HIST 20209: Documentary Filmmaking (0.5 credits)
  • HIST 21500: Colonial Latin America
  • HIST 21800: Documentary Film & History Buenos Aires (fulfills Film/Media requirement or Experiential Learning) TREK

Visual Storytelling: These are courses that introduce students to a range of visual languages with which to explore ways of narration, expression, and representation. Students completing coursework in visual storytelling will practice skills in production, composition, and communication.

  • ARTS 15100: Introduction to Drawing
  • ARTS 15300: Introduction to Painting*
  • ARTS 15500: Introduction to Printmaking
  • ARTS 15900: Introduction to Photography
  • ARTS 25900/35900: Intermediate/Advanced Photography*
  • COMM 23700: Visual Rhetoric*
  • COMM 26400: Communication & Technology*
  • COMM 33200: Visual Communication & Culture*
  • THTD 10200: Foundations of Theatrical Design
  • THTD 30201: Scenic & Props Design
  • THTD 30306: Choreography*
  • THTD 30307: Directing*
  • THTD 31000: Digital Media Design for the Performing Arts

Journalism and Storytelling: Approved courses in journalism & storytelling have students consider how narratives shape social and cultural identities, impact public life and perceptions of social and political realities, and rely on language and symbols to inspire action or change.

  • COMM 23500: Media, Culture & Society*
  • COMM 25000: Rhetoric & Civic Engagement*
  • COMM 25400: Political Rhetoric*
  • COMM 25900: Communicating Public Policy*
  • ENGL 23049: Procedurals
  • ENGL 26100: Advanced Poetry & Fiction*
  • HIST 20101: History of the News*
  • SPAN 31100: Adaptations in the Hispanic Creative Industries*

*Course has pre-requisite or requires instructor permission to register

PATH 11004: Initial Reflection

This course asks you to complete three basic steps:

  1. Spend time reflecting on several questions about why you’ve chosen this Pathway.
  2. Discuss your thoughts with other Digital & Visual Storytelling students, faculty, and staff.
  3. Write about how your initial thoughts, the conversations you had with your Pathway community, and any new or different insights you have as a result.

PATH 22004: Career Planning

For this course, you will explore career and internship resources offered through Career Planning in APEX, specifically Handshake and Fighting Scots Career Connections. You will also craft a career-ready resume. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many resources offered by the Career Planning office to bring your resume to a truly professional level. Booking an appointment with a Career Planning staff member or peer advisor to go over your resume is strongly recommended.

PATH 33004: Experiential Learning

This course asks you to complete an authentic, hands-on experience in one of the career areas you’re exploring. It is more than simply having an experience, however. In order to maximize the benefits and learning you gain, you will deliberately walk through goal setting, planning, and “preflection” (pre-reflection) before you complete the career experience. During and after your experience, you will spend time considering what you learned about yourself from the experience and how those lessons might impact your next career steps. Completing this thorough, guided process is what makes this “experiential learning” rather than just an experience.

Steps to complete PATH 330:

Before Registering:

  1. Explore a range of possible experiences that will help you further your career goals.
  2. Plan your EL experience, taking advantage of resources and assistance offered by faculty or staff on the Pathway team, someone from APEX’s Experiential Learning & Community Engagement Office, Wooster alumni working in the career field, and/or your own connections in the field.
  3. Complete the EL Approval Form & gain official approval from your Pathway faculty/staff team.

During the Course:

  1. Complete your EL experience (can be done before or during PATH 330).
  2. Upload your EL Verification Form.
  3. Submit your post-EL reflection.

PATH 44004: Final Reflection

When you’ve completed all the elements of the Pathway – PATH 110, 220, 330 and your chosen topical courses – you will reflect on your total Pathways experience with questions like: What did the topical courses teach you that are relevant to this career area? What are the career lessons from your experiential learning experience(s)? How did your perceptions of this career area and your place in it shift over time and where have they landed for now? When you step back and look at the bigger picture of your Pathways experience, in what ways are you stronger and more prepared to take your next career steps?

You will present your reflections publicly, which both encourages significant reflection and benefits those who are coming behind you on their own career journeys. Generally, students will do this by presenting a poster at a college event. You will also need to update your resume with all your Pathway experiences and create or update your LinkedIn profile.

Students in the Public Health Pathway are required to complete one (1) EL opportunity.

Experiences that fulfill the EL requirement for this Pathway should give students guided opportunities to create and share stories or information through multiple forms and media in an authentically professional setting.* Students will complete one experience of at least 45 contact hours.** This experience should be through positions and research opportunities, on or off campus, that focus on creating, editing, and/or producing effective digital communications for use by companies or organizations. 

  • On-campus examples: serving on the Voice’s editorial team, Digital Media Bar; social media positions for student organizations, Ebert Digital Lab; involvement with the Wooster Digital History Project  
  • Off-campus examples: producing a marketing video for a company you work for, creating and managing social media accounts for an organization you have connections to.  

These professional experiences could be done through paid jobs or internships, including internships supported by APEX Fellowships or Micro Fellowships, as long as they meet the 45-hour requirement. 

*Students may not fulfill this requirement with an EL-embedded class. 

**Contact hours include time spent under direction supervision as well as hours working independently to complete projects for the employer. 

Planning your EL:

  1. Read through the EL Approval Form and any other EL guidelines provided by your Pathway.
  2. Develop an idea about the type of experience you’d like to do and when you’d like to do it. Find experiences that might work for you. Some ways to do this:
  3. Create a list of the most exciting 2 or 3 opportunities you’ve found 
  4. Meet with someone from your Pathway’s faculty/staff team to choose one and get unofficial approval for the experience
  5. Apply for the experience.
  6. Once you’ve been accepted, review the EL Approval Form again and carefully collect all the required information.
  7. Fill out and submit your EL Approval Form.
  8. Once you’ve gotten approval for your EL, you can register for PATH 330.

Important EL Forms:

EL Approval Form: complete after planning your EL, before doing the EL. Submit through MS Forms.

EL Verification Form: done by you and your EL supervisor at the end of your EL. Submit as part of PATH 330 work.

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Develop Professional Skills

Opportunities listed here will offer you a chance to develop your professional skills related to this Pathway. You will find everything from online courses to workshops to Wooster classes with a verified experiential learning component ("EL-credentialed"). Note: Not all Pathway courses are listed here and not all Wooster courses listed count toward your Pathway coursework. They are featured here because they may help you develop relevant professional skills.

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