Course Description

Picture. Sound. Story. For a world increasingly reliant on visual literacy, Ways of Storytelling explores aesthetics through film and television as an introduction to the successful communicator’s process. Students learn how motion picture conventions imbue subtextual meaning through watching film/tv, active script analysis, and technical proficiency.

Meeting Place and Times



James Joyce

An award-winning storyteller and professor, James B. Joyce received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a second major in Communication Arts from Allegheny College in 1997.  In 2004 Jim successfully defended his Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University’s Radio/TV/Film department. Jim has taught at Montana State University since 2006, teaching over thirty courses with topics ranging from basic film production, specialty courses, thesis capstone production, and intersectional film studies.

With his personal films he endeavors to embrace the other James Joyce’s definition of beauty: wholeness, harmony, and radiance. Currently the filmmaker at Tippet Rise Art Center, Jim crafts documentaries and experimental projects as well as records concerts from world-class musicians.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedule

Required Books/Materials

All required materials are avaiable to students on D2L.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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