Course details

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


When communicating complex ideas, narrative is everything.

This Melbourne MicroCert will help you create compelling digital stories, which can assist when outlining the progress of a professional project, research or venture.

In an innovative online learning environment, you will be guided through how to craft an authentic and persuasive story arc and effectively communicate this to stakeholders. You will engage with the aesthetic and functional aspects of visual communications, learning how to storyboard and create avatars, as you develop your own personal-professional screen-based identity.

Drawing on your own professional context, you will learn how to drive key messages targeted for specialised audiences, and prepare a proposal for a short documentary, report or series.

Who is it for?

Digital Storytelling is ideal for professionals who wish to complement their existing strategic or business skillsets with creative communication skills.

Content is designed to be applicable to a wide range of industries and professionals who have a need to outline a compelling narrative or vision. You may be looking to be more persuasive with your collateral for funding applications, reporting of progress, marketing, or quality assurance and record-keeping activities.

Key topics

Throughout this Melbourne MicroCert, you will cover:

Creation of a story arc for a specialist the audience
Aesthetic and functional aspects of the creative process, including ideas generation, storyboarding, editing and curatorship
Scriptwriting and character sketches
Personal presentation and communication for persuasive influence.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of Digital Storytelling, you will be able to demonstrate:

A clearly articulated story arc including key messages for a specialist audience
Creative and contemporary aesthetic choices outlined through script, sketches and storyboards, music compositions and soundscapes, which reinforce key messages demonstrated through a range of genre
An understanding of technologies and new media used for documentaries
Capacity to prepare a project plan and budget for a documentary or short series.

Learning experience

This Melbourne MicroCert features immersive online learning approaches and technologies, such as digital studios and breakout rooms for active discussion and collaboration.

Workshop exercises may include:

Guided conversations
Collaborations and ensemble work
Narrative, discussion and personal reflection
Demonstrations, scenario building and role play
Examination of case studies and examples
Interactive and experiential workshop activities.


This Melbourne MicroCert is delivered over four weeks. Each week you will undertake a two-hour synchronous workshop and a combined total of eight hours of asynchronous guided learning. You will also undertake a further 12 hours of independent practical experimentation and 12 hours for assessment preparation.

Pathways to further study

Digital Storytelling can be taken as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Artful Communications suite, in whatever order you choose.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
990 for the entire course 10 Oct 2022 4 weeks
Self study / online (without attendance)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

There are no eligibility requirements.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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