Undergraduate Degree




DT2009 Storyboarding

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description

Learning Objective

To deliver to the students a practice-based introduction to basic storyboarding and story presentation skills. To develop the student’s formal pictorial skills in relation to a visual narrative. To develop the student’s awareness of narrative formalities.


This course will introduce to the student the skills needed to sketch out the narrative and formal flow of an animation using a storyboard. They will be shown how to present local issues such as framing, camera movement, character movement and key visual essentials within the larger structure of the entire narrative. This course will also introduce the storyboard as a thinking tool, through which creative ideas are developed and given detail. The role of the storyboard within the animation pipeline and its relevance to such things as concept development, script development, animatics and production will be covered.

Course Outline




• Introduction to the course

2 - 6

• Early history of the storyboard

• The use of the storyboard as a pre-visualisation tool

- Drawing movement

- Ordering the frame

- Composing the frame

• Light, colour etc minimalist storyboarding

- Trajectory of the drama

• Classical Story Structure

- Character and plot development

• Off Beat Narrative Design


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Stories for a Purpose

• Individual Expression in Story Narrative

- The beginning, middle and end

- The device, the twist

• Addressing issues, “Putting the Message Across”

• Using animatics

• Timing


• Final review of assignments


Learning Outcome

Through an introduction to basic storyboarding practice the student will have developed a stronger grasp of the formal, dramatic and aesthetic elements of narrative animation.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. John Hart, The Art of the Storyboard: Storyboarding for Film, TV, and Animation, Focal Press

  2. Harold Whitaker, John Halas, Tom Sito, Timing for Animation, Focal Press

  3. Francis Glebas, Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation, Focal Press

  4. Marcie Begleiter, From Word to Image-2nd edition: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process, Michael Wiese Productions