About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional), Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, Spanish...

Skills you will gain

Interactive StorytellingGame Design DocumentVideo Game DesignGame Design

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Traditional), Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, Russian, Spanish...

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to Game Design

4.7
1,474 ratings
427 reviews
Course2

Story and Narrative Development for Video Games

4.7
699 ratings
170 reviews
Course3

World Design for Video Games

4.4
534 ratings
134 reviews
Course4

Character Design for Video Games

4.6
603 ratings
159 reviews

Instructors

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Fran Krause

Faculty, Character Animation
School of Film/Video
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Dariush Derakhshani

Faculty, Character Animation
School of Film/Video
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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. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • None! This Specialization is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about video game design, character creation, and storytelling.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You’ll be able to recognize and articulate foundational game principles; organize, present, and envision story concepts in outline pitches and storyboards; and create character designs. You’ll be equipped to conceptualize, develop, and present thriving worlds for proposed game titles through presentation art and written synopses or pitches.

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