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Approx. 11 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)

Skills you will gain

Interactive StorytellingVideo Game DevelopmentVideo Game DesignGame Design

Learner Career Outcomes

43%

started a new career after completing these courses

47%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

25%

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. 11 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)

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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: An Introduction to Story

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 26 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
What makes a story compelling?3m
How games benefit from stories4m
How to see a game as a story first5m
Defining the Spine3m
Three-Act Structure and Rising Action6m
5 readings
About this Course8m
Instructor Presence and Staff Support 1m
Academic Integrity2m
Getting Started8m
Story Synopsis: Sleeping Beauty8m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2: Game Story Structure

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Defining Characters and Character Goals7m
Using Secondary Characters3m
Writing a Character Brief4m
12 readings
Story Synopsis: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty8m
Story Synopsis Points8m
Story Synopsis: Angry Birds8m
About Character Briefs8m
Character Brief: Jim Raynor8m
Character Brief: Emperor Mengsk5m
Character Brief: Tychus Findlay5m
About Setting Descriptions8m
Setting Description: Angry Birds8m
Setting Description: Mar Sara8m
Setting Description: The Hyperion8m
Setting Description: Char5m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Week 3: Story Workshop

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 25 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Personal Writing Advice5m
Refining the Spine5m
Connecting Ideas and Characters6m
8 readings
About Idea Sheets8m
Idea Sheet: Dead-Eye Jane8m
Idea Sheet: Settings for The Shooter8m
Review: Story Synopses8m
Story Synopsis: The Shooter10m
Review: Character Briefs5m
Character Brief: Jake8m
Character Brief: Dead-Eye Jane8m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Week 4: From Story to Game

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 25 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Diving Deeper into the Design Document4m
Turning The Shooter's Story into a Game5m
The Shooter's Rising Gameplay8m
Course Wrap Up1m
6 readings
About Story Presentation Schemes8m
Presentation Scheme: Part One - StarCraft II Gameplay Overview8m
Presentation Scheme: Part Two - StarCraft II Missions10m
What is a Gameplay Flowchart?8m
Gameplay Flowchart: StarCraft II5m
Course Credits5m

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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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