Research in Immersive Storytelling


English programme: co-creation Avans Communication & Multimedia Design - campus Avans , Breda

Stories are as old as humankind. They give a meaning and direction to our existence. We use stories for various purposes: to better comprehend the world, to preserve memories, to transfer knowledge, to gain new experiences, to sell products and much more. There are various storytelling methods. While we are familiar
with traditional media, including illustrations, film, and performance, the past number of years have seen the
development of many new forms of storytelling, such as computer games, web documentaries, interactive installations and virtual reality films, to name a few. In the minor in Research in Immersive Storytelling, you will explore the interplay between story and media.

You will encounter questions such as: 

  • What are the characteristics of a story?  
  • What is the meaning of stories to human mankind?   
  • How can you tell stories? How does the story influence a medium? And how does the medium affect the story?
  • How do you realize an immersive experience? Are there any boundaries?
Exchange programme Research in Immersive Storytelling

What you will learn?

Research in Immersive Storytelling focusses on researching the mutual influence of story, technology and immersion. This programme is a perfect fit for you if you are excited to critically explore the design challenges offered by the multitude of new opportunities in how we tell stories, how we use new technology and how we engage with our audience.

Programma structure

This programme is taught in English and very suitable for students with a strong interest in the cutting-edge field of storytelling: visual, immersive, performative, interactive and innovative. You can expect a 40-hour workload per week. Your study activities include classes, lectures, lab sessions, workhops, studio and research supervision, entrepreneurship, study groups, excursions, presentations, debates, contacts with external partners and individual and group assignments. 

In short:

  • Erasmus+ exchange programme
  • Language: English
  • 30 ECT
  • Duration: 20 weeks / 1 semester
  • Deadline application: May 1 (Erasmus), June 1 (non-Erasmus),
    June 29 for students studying at a Dutch institute (via KOM)
  • Start: August 2019
  • Location: AKV|St.Joost campus Breda

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Are you a designer looking for ways to broaden your horizon by working together with differently trained creative spirits in the Research in Immersive Storytelling programme? You can participate in this exchange programme if your home institution has concluded an agreement with Avans University of Applied Sciences - please consult the list of partner institutions. Under this agreement you can be nominated to study with us. Please contact your home institution's exchange coordinator for details. 

Application procedure

If you have decided to pursue a study programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences, you will need to apply. There are various application procedures:  

After you have been nominated by your home institution, you will be requested to send us your portfolio with recent work, a motivation letter describing your fields of interest, pitfalls and talents and what you would like to explore in the programme. Also we need a proposal of Learning Agreement in which you specify how many ECTS credits you need to gain. Your portfolio and motivation will be reviewed to determine whether you will be offered admission. If you are accepted you will receive a letter of acceptation, after which you are invited to officially enrol yourself through Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Deadline for application
To apply for a place as an exchange student we ask you to enrol before May 1 (Erasmus) or June 1 (non-Erasmus). If you are a student currently enrolled at a another Dutch HBO/WO Institute, you can apply before July 1 via Kies-op-Maat.