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Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

40%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 12 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Week 1: About Character

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 13 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Density3m
Mood & Story3m
Proportion3m
Week 1 Homework1m
4 readings
About this Course3m
An Important Question1m
Academic Integrity2m
Instructor Presence and Staff Support 1m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2: Technical Challenges

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Refining the Explorer11m
Drawing the Alien7m
Refining the Alien15m
Week 2 Homework1m
2 readings
Introducing Andy Ristaino3m
Resource: Andy's drawings5m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Week 3: Design with Purpose

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 60 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
2D Tablet Drawing17m
3D Modeling23m
Week 3 Homework1m
2 readings
Introducing Jacky Ke Jiang8m
Resource: Jacky's drawings5m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Week 4: Find Your Character

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 98 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Refining the Pig15m
Drawing the Sheep16m
Refining the Sheep, Part 115m
Refining the Sheep, Part 214m
Working in Animation8m
Robertryan Studio Follow-Up7m
Week 4 Homework1m
4 readings
Introducing Robertryan Cory8m
Resource: Robertryan's drawings5m
Introducing Robertryan Cory (again)1m
Course Credits1m

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About the Game Design: Art and Concepts Specialization

Stemming from the principles of storytelling and design established in CalArts’ renowned Animation programs, this Specialization lays a primary foundation for experimentation and exploration of video game design, story, character development, and winning gameplay before programming begins. These four courses emphasize the self-reliance and personal expression of the gaming artist, and encourage you to take conceptual risks and develop new modes of expression and form through gaming. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll put your creative skills to work by generating an engaging game design document for a personal game project, outlining the conceptual, narrative and aesthetic elements of your game....
Game Design: Art and Concepts

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