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Beginner Level

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 Weeks, 4 - 6 hours per week...

English

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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 Weeks, 4 - 6 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Week 1: About Character

In this first week of the course, we will explore some of the major concepts involved in creating compelling, unique, and purposeful characters. These ideas will provide the basis for your assignment this week and lay the groundwork for our visits with professional designers in the coming weeks....
5 videos (Total 13 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Density3m
Mood & Story3m
Proportion3m
Week 1 Homework1m
2 readings
About this Course3m
An Important Question1m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Week 2: Technical Challenges

This week, we visit Andy Ristaino, a character designer who has created many of the ingenious characters for the animated series Adventure Time....
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
3 hours to complete

Week 3: Design with Purpose

This week, we visit Jacky Ke Jiang, an animator who has worked as a character designer for both Disney Feature Animation and in video games. Jacky will discuss working in both 2D and 3D modes as he completes his challenges....
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
4 hours to complete

Week 4: Find Your Character

This week, we see Robertryan Cory in action. Cory is an a character designer known for his work on shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Ren & Stimpy, and Gravity Falls....
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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Top Reviews

By JMDec 22nd 2016

As I said earlier, I recommend this course for everyone; doctors included (:\n\nI like how this course was treated in a different way. We see people doing the job on there ground, that's interesting.

By AMNov 6th 2017

Fun and challenging to me. Is not easy to me to create new characters, but with this practice and professional examples, I feel more confident to just do and see what happens. Thank you, very much.

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Fran Krause

Faculty, Character Animation
School of Film/Video

About California Institute of the Arts

CalArts has earned an international reputation as the leading college of the visual and performing arts in the United States. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. ...

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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