DTV3301 Art of oral storytelling Course description

Course name in Norwegian
Muntlig fortellerkunst
Study programme
Muntlig fortellerkunst / Bachelorstudium i drama og teaterkommunikasjon
Year of study
FALL 2020
Course history



The art of oral storytelling is an artistic expression that creates an inner imagery in the audience's imagination rather than displaying or dramatising actual images. Oral storytelling takes place as an open and direct interaction between the storyteller and the audience. The aim of this course is to provide a basic introduction to the art of oral storytelling, including its craft, tradition and function in contemporary forms of media expression. This course is suited for everyone wishing to express themselves verbally, either artistically or applied. The Art of Storytelling is a practical course.

Applicants may be able to take this course as an individual course if there are vacant places. 

Recommended preliminary courses

For students on the bachelor's programme: DTV3300: Passed DTV1000 Drama and Theatre or equivalent.

Required preliminary courses

No requirements apart from admission requirements.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • is familiar with the art of oral storytelling in different contexts
  • has knowledge of genre characteristics and traditions 
  • is familiar with the distinctive nature of the subject and the opportunities available in various media
  • has knowledge about the use of technology relating to the subject
  • is familiar with international research and development work in the field 


The student is capable of

  • mastering relevant tools such as presentation, supervision and organisation of oral storytelling in different contexts for different target groups
  • inspiring children, young people and adults with different circumstances (interests, cultural background, etc.) to tell stories
  • applying relevant research
  • documenting and evaluating own artistic work
  • making use of different media and technology in the context of storytelling

General competence

The student

  • has insight into the use of oral storytelling as a method based on educational, ethical and aesthetic criteria
  • is capable of planning and carrying out a process in relation to an artistic expression
  • is capable of communicating important theories, issues and solutions in the field, in writing, orally and digital format


The programme is divided into three main areas where great importance is placed on developing the students' artistic and academic professionalism in storytelling. These areas are as follows:

  • practising story-telling techniques (12 credits)
  • performance (12 credits)
  • theory (6 credits)

Compulsory work assignments are attached to each of the areas.

Teaching and learning methods

The learning takes place in cooperation with others. It therefore presupposes that the student, in general, is present and familiar with the content of the teaching. The course is highly process-oriented and based on the students' own activity. The course places emphasis on the practical aspects of the field by allowing the student to tell stories and lay the foundations for storytelling situations.

Course requirements

All coursework requirements and compulsory attendance must be met and assessed to be approved before the students can prepare for the exam.

Coursework requirements

-        Planning, implementation and presentation of 10 hours oral storytelling practice, carried out individually

-        eight informal oral storytelling sessions in the local area and one brief log presented through a digital medium.

-        three oral storytelling storytelling performances in a public context

-        prepare a written note discussing their own experience, as well as observation of storytellers against theory

The coursework requirements are considered approved / not approved. Not approved cousework requirements can be improved and prepared for reconsideration.


Compulsory attendance in teaching:

Students can have no more than 20% absence in teaching and supervision situations where there is a requirement for attendance. including:

five storytelling performances with professional storytellers

skills training in oral storytelling

Oral storytelling performances with group work

See the syllabus for more information on compulsory teaching and supervision.


 The exam in the course is twofold:

1. An oral presentation

The oral presentation has a duration of 15 minutes and will discuss a topic within the subject that the candidate finds relevant. In the oral presentation, the student will discuss his / her experience from the study against theory.

The assessment counts 20 percent of the final grade.

2. Individual assessment of the student in a oral storytelling performance with pertaining oral exams. Three-weeks of preparation time is given. The artistic expression lasts for 20 minutes. The oral exam lasts for 10 minutes. The exam is defined as an oral/practical exam, and cannot therefore be appealed. The assessment of the artistic solo expression with oral exam counts for 80 per cent of the final grade.

Both parts of the exam must be awarded a grade E or better in order for the student to be awarded a final grade. The two parts of the exam in the final exam result in one final grade. This will be stated on the transcript of grades/diploma.

Students who due to valid absence do not take one or several exam parts that make up the ordinary exam, or who are awarded an F in one or more of the exam parts that make up the exam, can register for a resit/rescheduled exam. If the student is taking a rescheduled exam in part 1, the in-depth assignment is written as in the ordinary exam.

If the student is taking a resit exam, the in-depth assignment graded F in the ordinary exam must be significantly reworked/improved - e.g. based on the explanation of grades. If the student is taking a resit/rescheduled exam in part 2, it must be taken pursuant to agreement with the faculty administration. Four weeks’ preparation time is given. The students are responsible for contacting the administration themselves.

Permitted exam materials and equipment

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied With.

Grading scale

Grade scale A-F. 


Exam part 1) Assessed by two internal examiners. External examiners are used regularly. Exam part 2) Assessed by one internal and one external examiner

Admission requirements

For students taking the course as an individual course: The admission requirements are the Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a motivation letter, which should be attached to the application. The motivation letter should be 400-500 words. The student should describe his/her background and how they would apply the content of their academic field to their future working life, and why this academic field is suitable for the student. The motivation letter is assessed on the basis of:

  • Relevance - how does the applicant envisage the use of the subject in their working life?

  • Necessity - why is it important for the applicant to include this subject in his/her portfolio?

Applicants can also be admitted on the basis of prior learning and work experience. Applications for admission must document the Higher Education Entrance Qualification.