Game Design: Art and Concepts Specialization

Create Imaginative Games

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Earn a Certificate

  • Specialization via Coursera and California Institute of the Arts
  • $395 for 6 months
  • 3 courses + capstone project

Overview

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.

Incentives & Benefits

This Specialization offers a unique opportunity to study CalArts’ principles of video game storytelling and design in an interactive online course with learners from around the world. Upon completing the four courses and Capstone Project, you’ll be prepared to develop cohesive, creative game concepts and to confidently pitch your ideas for production.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize and articulate foundational game principles
  • EOrganize, present, and envision story concepts and character designs in outline pitches
  • Present thriving worlds for proposed game titles through presentation art and written synopses

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