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Approx. 10 hours to complete
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Subtitles: Chinese (Traditional), Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, English, Spanish...

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Video Game DevelopmentGameplayVideo Game DesignGame Design

Learner Career Outcomes

43%

started a new career after completing these courses

42%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

14%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: Chinese (Traditional), Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, English, Spanish...

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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: The Simplest Games

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Elements of Gaming3m
The Game Design Document1m
Feedback3m
Making a Simple Game and Brainstorming3m
Week 1 Homework2m
3 readings
About this Course10m
Instructor Presence and Staff Support 1m
Academic Integrity2m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Week 2: Rules and Discovery

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 19 min)
6 videos
Balance3m
What are rules?6m
Breaking the Rules2m
Learning the Rules3m
Week 2 Homework1m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Week 3: Tell a Story

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 32 min)
9 videos
Story Purpose7m
Who's In Charge of Your Game Story?1m
Writer-Driven6m
Writer-Led1m
Player-Led1m
Roleplaying & Character Motivation5m
Explaining & Imagining4m
Week 3 Homework1m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Week 4: The Friend and the Enemy

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 27 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Characters in Gaming5m
Types of Characters3m
Multiplayer Rules and Balance3m
Bonus Interview: Adam Spragg, Designer of Hidden in Plain Sight11m
Week 4 Homework1m
1 reading
Course Credits10m

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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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