Course Description

This course examines how storytelling plays a vital role in driving video gameplay. Looking at historical and contemporary games, students will evaluate and interpret different story styles with the goal of identifying themes and procedures for their own game ideas. The course explores traditional narrative story processes, nonlinear narratives, alternative and experimental gaming narrative structures, as well worldbuilding for games. Students will also prototype their narratives in engine to explore interactivity and its impacts on story. Issues of representation, diversity, and inclusion in contemporary gaming culture will be discussed. Students will define characters, settings, and structures to create a compelling game design document. Studio work will be supported by lectures and critiques.

For online courses, students are responsible for purchasing their own software. In-person courses are held in OCAD U's computer labs using the latest software.


  • Develop a compelling and original game narrative,
  • Analyze the components of traditional and experimental game narratives,
  • Work with game story structures, exploring rising action, and how this relates to gameplay,
  • Consolidate concepts into formalized story structures,
  • Learn the importance of representation, diversity, and inclusion in contemporary game design,
  • Work with tools to prototype interactive and branching narratives such as Twine.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Story and Narrative Development Studio for Games
Sep 23, 2024 to Nov 03, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $500.00
Additional Fee(s)
Adobe CC $216.00 Optional
  • Mo Mohsen
Required Software/Supplies
Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.
Section Notes

Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on our Learning Management System, Canvas. The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. Learn more about what to expect in a Continuing Studies online course at OCAD U.

Important: Online courses have firm start and end dates. Each assignment has its own deadline. Extensions are not granted.

As a Continuing Studies student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas, and our on-campus WiFi network. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at https://canvascloud.ocadu.ca. If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here: https://login.ocadu.ca/forgot. If you need further help, please contact us at continuingstudies@ocadu.ca

After enrolling in a course, please allow up to 5 hours for your student data to migrate to Canvas.

Please note that courses may fill up early or be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students are encouraged to register early, at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the course.