Interactive Storytelling and Game Design in Downtown LA

Game Design in Downtown LA

Program Description:

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the non-credit certificate program in Interactive Storytelling and Game Design combines programming skills for game and application design with visual art, storytelling, and entrepreneurship skills. Students receive a holistic overview of digital narrative communication that can be applied to a variety of creative industries and professional contexts including the financially undervalued nonprofit sector. Program courses are organized as a writers’/makers’ workshop, requiring that members work in teams to facilitate discussion and feedback. Students must complete three of the program's four courses to receive their certificate. 

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

  • Understand the importance of 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 interested in learning the fundamentals of digital storytelling and game design, and how they can be applied to diverse professional contexts. 
  • Screenwriters, writers, filmmakers and other media professionals who would like to explore digital and interactive storytelling.
  • Marketing, communications, and branding professionals interested in utilizing interactive games to reach new audiences.
  • Nonprofit professionals and entrepreneurs interested in using storytelling, gaming, and narrative place-making to expand their audiences and reach supporters.

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:

Module 1
IA X103: Writing for Games and App Design
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4 Weeks:
February 2 –
February 23, 2019
Sylke Meyer
Paisley Smith
Module 2
IA X104: Unity Programming
7 to 9:30 p.m.
11 Weeks:
February 7 -
April 25, 2019
(Spring Break: April 1 - April 5, 2019; Campus Closed)
Megan Reynolds
Module 3
IA X102: Visual Design and Animation
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4 Weeks:
March 9 - March 30, 2019
Sarah Beeby
Module 4
IA X101: Creative Entrepreneurship
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4 Weeks:
April 27 - May 18, 2019



Apply to the Interactive Storytelling and Game Design Non-Credit Certificate Program. (NOTE: Spring 2019 application window will close January 31, 2019.)

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. Students must complete three of the program's four courses to receive their certificate. 

About the Instructors

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.


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