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Game Design: Art and Concepts

California Institute of the Arts via Coursera 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.


Course 1: Introduction to Game Design
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. Welcome! This course is an introduction to the primary concepts of gaming, and an exploration ... Enroll for free.

Course 2: Story and Narrative Development for Video Games
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. In this course, you will examine how storytelling acts as a vital mechanism for driving video ... Enroll for free.

Course 3: World Design for Video Games
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. Start creating your world. A game world is not just a backdrop for your game—be it minimal or ... Enroll for free.

Course 4: Character Design for Video Games
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. In this course you will explore concepts and approaches involved in creating successful ... Enroll for free.

Course 5: Game Design Document: Define the Art & Concepts
- Offered by California Institute of the Arts. The Capstone project is a place for you to develop your game idea into a fully-fleshed ... Enroll for free.


Taught by

Dariush Derakhshani, Fran Krause and Théotime Vaillant

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