Visual Media Storytelling - Community & Environment

Visual Media Storytelling - Community & Environment

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This one-week immersive experience is an exploration of industry tools, technology, and the craft of visual storytelling with word and image. Utilizing digital media to highlight and communicate stories of community, environment, or campus research, you will work with local organizations, new classmates, and Unity instructors to develop and build skills with Canon HD camera gear and Adobe media production software in Unity’s new Media Lab.  You will become familiar with theories and practices of visual narrative storytelling, strengthen visual materials, and learn the practice of editing and sequencing. This is an opportunity for you to develop skills and engage with the local community.

Credits: 3 
August 10 - 16
$1,470 for credit
$770 non-credit


AR 3103 Art Explorations: Visual Media Storytelling 
There are many modes of making and understanding art in contemporary society. This course offers course participants the opportunity to engage a specific set of skills and subjects within the broad conversation of studio art. The subjects to be addressed may be: Public Art, Art and Science, Art and the Environment, Scientific Illustration, Printmaking, and others that may occur. This course may be retaken for credit under a different subject. 

Credits: 3
Dates: August 10 - 16

Target Audience

This course is ideal for newly enrolled Unity College students, as well as those returning to campus. However, individuals interested in visual media creation and production for non-credit would find this a great introductory class.


Primary: Unity College Campus
Secondary: Maine’s farms, natural areas, and coastal villages

Deliverables and Learning Outcomes 

Participants will…

  • Learn about the fundamentals and craft of visual storytelling.
  • Explore methods of communication via multimedia approaches.
  • Learn to use current media capture equipment and software.
  • Explore the local community and develop relationships with individuals to produce engaging visual stories.
  • Produce and complete a multimedia piece.


$1,470 for credit, $770 non-credit


Deanna WitmanDeanna Witman is a visual artist, educator, and explorer working in photographic media. She holds a M.F.A. in Photography and a B.S degree in Environmental Science. As an educator, she strives to impart her passion for discovery and creating. She currently teaches at Unity College and Maine Media Workshops. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been widely published in  BETA developments in photography,  Le Journal de la Photographie, and Lenscratch. Her photographs are included in many collections and have recently been included in the Bascom’s American Art Today: Figures exhibition and featured in the 2013 Ballarat Foto Festival in Australia.