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8 Sessions (adaptive)
Audit (Free)
Certificate (Incl. w/ Premium)
Credit Eligible ($900 USD)
Ringling College of Art and Design
Design, Game Design, Film
Skill Level
Video Transcripts
Storytelling, Animation, Character Design, Live Action, Video Games
Course Description

This course will take the student through the basics of visual development: from visual storytelling to character design; from creatures to environment design. Beginning with simple visual elements, the student will learn how to create images that tell a story visually, as well as support a production in animation, live action, and video games.


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Visual Components
In this session we will analyze the visual components that form the basis for all images.
Session 2: Pushing The Design Of The Character
This session will cover finishing a character design.
Session 3: Character Design
In this session, you will learn how a character can be envisioned and designed.
Session 4: Anatomy, Story And Creature Design, Part One
This session will cover finishing a creature design.
Session 5: Creature Design, Part Two
Session 6: Creating an Environment
In this session you will learn how to create a believable environment in which to stage a character.
Session 7: Moving The Eye Of The Viewer
This session will cover finishing an environmental design.
Session 8: Prop Design
In this session you will learn how to employ shape to create a successful prop design.
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Credit Eligible

Kadenze has partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to offer this course for college credits.*

How much does it cost?

This course costs $900 USD to take for college credit.

*Upon completion, this rigorous college-level course will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in these courses does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Materials:
    • Digital: Stylus and Tablet
    • Traditional: Sketchbook and Drawing Tools
  • Equipment: Computer with Installation Privileges
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop
Additional Information

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