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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
To learn more, contact PaGE Programs at 323-343-4915
Federal financial aid is not currently available for the Interactive Storytelling & Game Design Certificate Program.
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 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 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.
Anne-Marie Williams received her BA in Theatre Arts from Cal State LA and began her career working at the Mark Taper Forum and the L.A. Opera where she served as an Assistant Director with the L.A. Opera's community programs. Anne-Marie has also been active in cause-driven work, where she has been part of the leadership team for organizations such as APLA, UCLA, Jordan Rustin Coalition, Greenlight Giving Foundation, The Don Cornelius Foundation, and Eisner Health. She became politically invovled when she moved to West Hollywood and created the Young Women in Power Program. As her career and invovement in causes expanded, she began to use digital arts to improve messaging, communication, record-keeping, and fundraising. Her passion for digital art led her to join LATech4Good where she advises local nonprofit leaders on how to utilize the best digital practices to serve communities.
Zachary Vernon is a graphic designer, storyteller, and educator specializing in advertising, branding, and creative strategy. He received his BA degree Advertising from the Universiy of Texas at Austin and his MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University. He has worked for large and small agencies in both Australia and the U.S. serving small and global brands. In 2014 he began his own agency, Drawn This Way, where he and his partner support nonprofit organizatiions and entrepreneurial vntures. He is currently as Assistant Professor of Art - Graphic Design at Cal State LA.
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