Registrations close 17 November 2016.

Digital storytelling is a powerful means for enabling communication and social participation. Ordinary people work with expert creative practitioners to create first-person narratives for a wide and growing range of purposes, including community building, cultural engagement, brand identification, education, and public communication. This form of co-creative media takes advantage of newly accessible technologies but is based in the ancient and universal tradition of storytelling.

Who should participate

These workshops are aimed at arts managers, media and communication professionals, and professionals in other service industries (for example, health and education) who wish to develop and update their applied knowledge of how digital media can be used to engage clients and end-users. Prior knowledge of digital media applications is not necessary.

This course is open to anyone over the age of 18, including international participants.

The program is suited to people who would like to:

  • develop their skills in creating short, story-based, digital multimedia presentations
  • use co-creative media techniques to participate in digital media projects
  • apply digital storytelling techniques in community development and engagement activities, in government, non-government, community and commercial contexts
  • become a digital storytelling workshop facilitator
  • learn more about digital storytelling and co-creative media production practices.



QUT Kelvin Grove
Victoria Park Road
Kelvin Grove
Qld 4059

We'll confirm room details closer to the course start date.


This program runs over 3 weeks, with an introduction in week 1, and workshops and optional seminars in weeks 2 and 3.

Thursday 17 November 2016 5pm-7pm Introduction: Preparing for the Digital Storytelling workshop
Thursday 24 November 2016 9.30am-12pm Optional seminar: What's in a story?
1pm-4pm Workshop: Story Circle
Friday 25 November 2016 9.30am-12pm Optional seminar: What is Digital Storytelling?
1pm-5pm Workshop: After the Story Circle; scriptwriting; asset management and record keeping
Monday 28 November 2016 9.30am-12pm Optional seminar: Intellectual Property management for co-creative media: introducing Creative Commons licensing and resources
1pm-5pm Workshop: Recording scripts; working with sounds and images
Tuesday 29 November 2016 9.30am-12pm Optional seminar: Uses of digital storytelling
1pm-5pm Workshop: Acquiring sounds and images from the Creative Commons; multi-tracking sound; using moviemaking applications
Wednesday 30 November 2016 9.30am-12pm Optional seminar: Platforms and publics: co-creative media and participatory culture
1pm-4pm Workshop: Finalising digital stories, including SFX, titles and credits
4pm-5pm Class screening and discussion of stories/storytelling process


In addition to the scheduled workshops, it is possible for extra workshops to be delivered off-campus and customised to address specific professional, community, cultural or commercial objectives of host organisations.


$1,430 (GST included)

Fees include:

  • light refreshments (including tea and coffee).

There will be a lunch break from 12pm-1pm during the full-day workshops. You'll need to bring your own lunch or purchase food on campus.

Credit eligibility

By completing this 5-day intensive you can earn 12 credit points of academic credit that may count towards a postgraduate award at QUT or another university. In order to qualify for academic credit you need to:

  • complete two items of assessment in addition to the digital story that you make during the intensive. This assessment is supported by the optional seminar that is included in the program.
  • enrol as a student in the postgraduate unit Co-Creative Media: Digital Storytelling (KCP415).


For more information about course content, assessment or academic credit, contact Dr Christina Spurgeon.

For registration or payment queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

Registrations close 17 November 2016.

Digital storytelling at QUT

A digital story usually combines 15-30 still images and a recorded script of 100-250 words to create an original personal digital story in the form of a 2-3-minute digital video.

Digital storytelling is used in teaching and research at QUT as a platform for exploring the benefits and possibilities of social participation. These include improved digital literacy and communication skills, healthier and more resilient communities, and a public culture enriched by perspectives and experiences that might otherwise be missed. Our Creative Industries Faculty researchers have an internationally recognised track record in adapting digital storytelling to a variety of contexts and purposes, including poverty reduction, public history, and youth engagement.

Our five-day intensive workshops are designed to help individuals and organisations to build their own capacities to facilitate social participation through co-creative media production techniques such as digital storytelling.

What will I learn in the Digital Storytelling Intensive?

You will learn how to:

  • write a script for a digital story
  • record and edit a voice over, and create a sound track
  • manipulate images
  • make your own digital story with cost-effective computer applications
  • manage copyright issues using Creative Commons licensing.

Workshop facilitators

Experienced workshop facilitators Christina Spurgeon and Mimi Tsai draw on research expertise from our Creative Industries Faculty to offer you an exciting continuing professional education opportunity in this co-creative media method.

Christina Spurgeon

Dr Christina Spurgeon lectures in media and communication in our Creative Industries Faculty. Her research interests converge on how media and communications can be used to develop participatory culture in a variety of government, non-government, community and market contexts. She has run digital storytelling workshops at QUT for over five years and is author of Advertising and New Media (Routledge 2008).

Mimi Tsai

Mimi Tsai is the Digital Storytelling Project Officer at Creative Industries Faculty. Mimi completed a MA degree in Creative Industries in 2005. Her specialties include co-created media. Her current research interests are within the arena of digital media.

Registration info

Registrations close 17 November 2016.


When you register for the course, you will create an account with us. You'll need to pay your fees online by credit or debit card.

You will be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the Course Manager at Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel prior to 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a full refund, minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee.

No registration refunds will be made within 10 business days of the course starting.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.

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