The aim of the course is to present the key concepts behind interactive digital storytelling as well as review proposed and existing systems.

The course focuses on the four partakers of interactive digital storytelling (IDS): the platform, the narrative designer, the interactor, and the storyworld. When constructing a platform, the problem is to select an appropriate approach from tightly controlled to emergent storytelling. On this platform, the narrative designer is then responsible for creating content (e.g. characters, props, scenes and events) for the storyworld, which is then experienced and influenced by the interactor. The structure and relationships between these partakers is explained from a theoretical perspective as well as using existing IDS systems as examples.