Game Design in Downtown LA

Game Design in Downtown LA

Program Description:

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the non-credit certificate program in Game Design provides students with the fundamental skills required for game design, interactive storytelling, unity-based game programming, visual design, animation and creative entrepreneurship. 

The program not only includes the computer programming skills required for game and application design, but it also incorporates visual art, storytelling and entrepreneurial skills. This holistic approach enables students to experience every aspect of digital narrative communication, which can be applied to a variety of creative industries including the financially undervalued nonprofit sector. The program is organized as a writers’/makers’ workshop, requiring that members work in teams to facilitate discussion and feedback. 

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • Comprehend structure, character and story development in the creation of narrative video games

  • Understand the basics of design and visual storytelling

  • Work with the varied techniques of spatial storytelling

  • Understand how to program a game on UNITY

  • Understand the process of producing a mobile game and be able to implement and market their game design 

Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for the following audiences: 

  • Individuals with an interest in mobile game and application design 
  • Screenwriters, writers, filmmakers and other media professionals with an interest in exploring digital and interactive storytelling.
  • Nonprofit professionals and emerging entrepreneurs with an interest in using storytelling, narrative place-making, and participatory game design to reach their audiences and communities.

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Course $1,100
Total Program Cost $4,400 

Financial Assistance

Note: Federal financial aid is currently not available for the Game Design Certificate Program.

Course Schedule

To receive a certificate, students must complete the following four courses:

IA X103: Interactive Storytelling & Writing for Games


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

August 25 – September 15, 2018

IA X104: Unity Programming


7 to 9:30 p.m.

August 23 – November 8, 2018

IA X102: Visual Design & Animation


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 22 – October 13, 2018

IA X101: Civic Entrepreneurship


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

October 27 – November, 17, 2018



Click here to apply to the Game Design Program. 

A $100 deposit is required to reserve your space. Once enrollment opens in August 2018, the deposit will be applied toward your program tuition. If this is your first time using the PaGE Enrollment Portal, you will be asked to create an account. 

About the Instructors

Dmitri Seals

Dmitri is an experienced social entrepreneur, having founded two nonprofits in the Bay Area and built them into regional leaders, raising over $2 million and crafting tools for school partnership, teacher professional development, and youth-led education reform that have been modeled nationally. He is a recipient of the UC Chancellor's Award for Public Service and the Making Democracy Work Award from the Oakland League of Women Voters. Dmitri holds a B.A. in Politics of Media and Education from Brown University and a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently a doctoral candidate.

Sylke Rene Meyer

Sylke is a writer, director, media artist, performer, educator and co-founder of the performance group Studio206. She studied theater, philosophy and law at the Free University of Berlin. She also studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg Film and Television University, and graduated from the Munich Screenplay Workshop at the University of Television and Film Munich in 2000. She has been assistant director to Judith Malina at the Living Theater and worked as a film editor, production designer, writer, and director in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. Her work has garnered numerous awards including an Emmy, and Best Film honors at festivals in Seattle, Chicago and Montreal. Her works have been theatrically released, broadcast on public television channels worldwide and shown at exhibitions in Istanbul, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Manchester, and Warsaw.

Sarah Beeby

Sarah is a mixed media animation artist and educator. She received a First-Class Degree in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Animation from the Royal College of Art in 2011. Sarah's 30 animated independent film works have been screened internationally and received multiple awards. Sarah is currently an assistant professor in animation at Cal State LA.

Megan Reynolds 

Megan Reynolds currently teaches game design at Cal State LA. She has previously taught game design and development for Unreal at iD Tech. In her free time she pursues innovative technologies, creating VR videos, and video games.

Paisley Smith 

Paisley Smith is a Canadian filmmaker and virtual reality creator based in Los Angele and Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the creator of Homestay VR, produced by the National Film Board of Canada Interactive, with Jam3. Homestay was selected for the IDFA DocLab 2017. Smith is also the recipient of the 2018 Sundance Institute and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship for her forthcoming work Unceded Territories: VR a collaboration with acclaimed artist and VR pioneer Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, with support from Creative B.C. Paisley is a visiting artist at the University of Southern Interactive Media Division's Mobile & Environmental Media Lab. Smith holds an MFA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, which she attended on a Fulbright scholarship. She received her BAH from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She is an admin of the thriving Women in VR/AR Facebook group, with over 10,000 members of the emerging technology community. 


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