Program type:

Graduate Academic Certificate

Est. time to complete:

1 year
Credit Hours:

Learn how to capture the audience's imagination with engaging performance and inspire a love of reading in the next generation.
Life is, truly, the grand narrative. Stories are an integral and basic form of communication and information sharing. Before we developed alphabets, we were sharing information and our lives through story. We carved and painted our stories on cave walls. Later, elder storytellers would pass on important history to citizens through story. Story has spread from the grand oral tradition to "modern day" platforms represented in books, dance, music, theatre, movies, etc. The oral storytelling tradition is a powerful method for teaching and learning, management, leadership, information transfer, persuasion, and communication. Story preserves, perpetuates, and transforms culture. This ancient device remains an emerging frontier with compelling possibilities.

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Why Earn a Storytelling Certificate?

The Graduate Academic Certificate program is intended for two audiences:

  • Master’s degreed library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in Storytelling and receive a Graduate Academic Certificate.
  • Bachelor's or Master's degreed individuals in any field who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of Storytelling by taking Master's level courses and receiving a Graduate Academic Certificate.

Storytelling Certificate Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the College of Information and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge and Information Professional Association.
Proactive students can choose accelerated options, such as the “degree in three” program or grad track option to accelerate their education.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
The Storytelling GAC is a 100% online program.

Storytelling Certificate Courses You Could Take

Advanced Storytelling (3 hrs)
Personal storytelling performance development: psycho-social development; voice and vocal dynamics; movement and gesture; facial expression, posture and performance dress; characterization; dialect and linguistic factors; musical effects; nonverbal behaviors. Training for public storytelling performances in libraries, schools, and community information settings. Advanced program planning, including development, implementation and evaluation of an individual or group storytelling concert. Advanced study of current trends and research in storytelling.
Digital Storytelling (3 hrs)
Digital storytelling is a method of combining images, text, music and the spoken word to create a story presentation that supports teaching, learning, self-expression, marketing, and other communication and community-building objectives. Students study storytelling tenets and apply the developmental and technical aspects of creating a digital storytelling presentation.
Storytelling in Knowledge Transfer (3 hrs)
Storytelling is an inherent form of communicating and of learning. This makes it a powerful tool for knowledge management strategies, particularly that of knowledge transfer. Students explore how theoretical and practical tenets of storytelling are used to realize knowledge management and knowledge transfer goals of creating, capturing and sharing tacit organizational knowledge.
History and Culture of Youth Information Services (3 hrs)
History of youth services librarianship. Theory and methods of ethnographic evaluation. Community assessment and interviews. Users and designers of youth information services and systems. Current trends.
Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 hrs)
Storytelling ethnography, history, theory, methods and bibliographic resources. Story research, analysis, selection, adaptation and preparation. Oral performance development and audience dynamics. Program planning, implementation, evaluation and grant writing for schools, libraries or other information settings.

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