About this Specialization

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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.
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
17%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English
Learner Career Outcomes
50%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
17%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 2 hours/week
English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Introduction to Game Design

4.7
stars
1,981 ratings
588 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Story and Narrative Development for Video Games

4.7
stars
897 ratings
224 reviews
Course3

Course 3

World Design for Video Games

4.4
stars
625 ratings
162 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Character Design for Video Games

4.7
stars
751 ratings
200 reviews

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California Institute of the Arts

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