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Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Level DesignArtVideo Game DesignGame Design

Learner Career Outcomes

67%

started a new career after completing these courses

67%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 10 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction to World Design

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 9 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Properties and Rules2m
Story, the vertical spine2m
Making a game world1m
6 readings
About this course5m
Instructor Presence and Staff Support 1m
Academic Integrity2m
Causes and Consequences3m
Considering Game Worlds3m
Example: Week 1 Assignment5m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Do Your Research

3 hours to complete
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

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Way You Move

3 hours to complete
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

Week 4

3 hours to complete

A Whole World

3 hours to complete
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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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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