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Level DesignArtVideo Game DesignGame Design

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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Introduction to World Design

4 videos (Total 9 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Properties and Rules2m
Story, the vertical spine2m
Making a game world1m
5 readings
About this course5m
Academic Integrity2m
Causes and Consequences3m
Considering Game Worlds3m
Example: Week 1 Assignment5m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Do Your Research

7 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Aesthetics & Gameplay3m
Clockworks1m
Questions3m
Back to the rulebook2m
Make it yours1m
Shuffle your ideas1m
2 readings
Strategies for shuffling your ideas1m
Example: Week 2 Assignment8m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

The Way You Move

9 videos (Total 21 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
Level Design2m
Bordering the World1m
The Garden3m
Navigation and Time1m
Moveset2m
From point A to point B3m
Linear vs. Non-Linear2m
The Grey Box1m
4 readings
The Bigger Picture8m
Two types of navigation8m
Level design in local spaces8m
Example: Week 3 Assignment8m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

A Whole World

6 videos (Total 17 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Anchoring the world down4m
An Atmosphere1m
Lighting is key3m
Colors1m
Final Round2m
4 readings
In the Shadows8m
Color your world5m
Example: Week 4 Assignment8m
Course Credits2m
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Top reviews from World Design for Video Games

By SASep 21st 2019

i really loved this course. it inspired me to be more innovative and think out of the box. it changed my mindset a lot. so thanks to my instructor and my peers. your words meant a lot to me.

By TTFeb 7th 2018

The videos are nice and clear, and I love seeing examples for the homework, it really helped. I also loved reviewing my peers and having them review me, they had awesome ideas!

Instructor

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Théotime Vaillant

Instructor, Experimental 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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