Interactive Storytelling and Game Design in Downtown LA

Game Design in Downtown LA

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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 

Interactive Storytelling & Game Design FAQs 

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 $749
Total Program Cost $2,996

Financial Assistance

Federal financial aid is not currently available for the Interactive Storytelling & Game Design Certificate Program.

Course Schedule

To receive a certificate, students must complete the three of the four courses outlined below.

Graduates will also receive a 30-minute individual professional coaching session with Dr. Marla Parker. 

Spring 2019: February 2, 2019 - May 18, 2019

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

Enroll/Register

Online Application Spring 2019 Deadline: 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.

Anne-Marie Williams 

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

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. 

Contact

For more information and questions, please contact: pageprograms@calstatela.edu.