In this course, you will examine how storytelling acts as a vital mechanism for driving video gameplay forward. Looking at several historical and contemporary games, you will be asked to evaluate and interpret different story styles with the goal of identifying themes and procedures for your own game ideas. We'll examine traditional narrative story processes, such as three-act structure, and how they fit into game story flows and the strategic elements of gameplay. Ultimately, you will learn how to define character, setting, and structure to create a compelling game concept.
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Learner Career Outcomes
Approx. 14 hours to complete
Learner Career Outcomes
Approx. 14 hours to complete
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TOP REVIEWS FROM STORY AND NARRATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR VIDEO GAMES
This is so helpful. It covers all the essentials of developing a good story, applicable in any form of media, then it focuses on converting the story to a game by adding interactive gameplay elements.
I am glad that I have chosen to sign up to this course. It has open up my vision to a whole new world. Thanks so very much. The professor is engaging and the course content is fascinating.
The course is delivered very nicely with well-thought reading materials and lots of practicing. Like they always say, practice makes perfect.\n\nThank you for sharing the knowledge!
What a fun course! Really made me think about writing, how to turn a story into a game, and how to ideate and create bigger concepts from small ideas. Loved watching all the videos!
The basics of this course are well defined and prepare you for proper story and narrative development in video games. I like the step-by-step process this course takes.
Big fan of the last two assignments. Re-writing the game was fun, and made it more interactive with the rest of the class, seeing how others would change the story.
Love how you dedicate yourself in the course making, great interpretation over the making of a story, and how they can developed into a game. Most grateful!
This course is pretty cool. I actually learned a lot about analyzing narratives and writing that I hadn't really considered before... It's totally worth it.
I learned good stuff. i gave four star because there could be more content some parts were written instead of a lecture. But i will recommend this course.
i really loved every single bit of it. i loved the topics discussed, the way i was taught to think and get the ideas out so thanks alot. you are great.
I really enjoyed this course and the instructors materials, I just wish we were given the chance to work on our own games in the assignments.
The mentor is really good, he is great at explaining what he means and gives you a few great methods for writing. The peers were also great.
I enjoyed the peer reviews and how the lecturer conveyed clearly how to express our thoughts to paper, or should i say screen. Great work !
This course helped me a lot in polishing my plot for the game. It is must course. Enjoyed ever lessen and enjoyed doing the assignments.
Very easy to follow and quite useful, not only for games but for designing user experiences because it focuses on how to engage people.
Awesome experience, and really useful, well-packed, and valuable insight into story and narrative development for video games. Thanks!
The course topic are well explain and easy to understand, the videos are well directed, and the creative exercises are pretty cool.
Makes you think. Interesting for any developer or anyone intested in narratives as a whole. Really nice exercises and lists too!
Although its very writing-intensive, I learned a lot from it and feel much more able to develop a story for a game. Thanks!
Fun, interesting, good pacing and case studies. Instructor was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and presented material well.
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
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When will I have access to the lectures and assignments?
Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.
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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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