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Immersive Storytelling and Content Development

The Immersive Storytelling and Content Development Professional Certificate teaches learners skills and competencies in creative writing, storytelling and scripting in linear and non-linear immersive environments. Students will learn core literary devices (e.g., structure, scene and character), strategies and techniques to create original creative works and approaches for developing interactive experiences for multiple mediums and modalities. Additionally, students will author virtual reality experiences within an industry-standard game engine. These instructor-led courses are taught by industry experts and students learn through hands-on application of real-world examples and concepts. Completing the certificate empowers learners to pursue their creative ideas and employment opportunities in the creative writing, storytelling and virtual reality industries.

Certificate Courses

Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

Get an in depth look into the life and work of one of our greatest imaginative writers, Ray Bradbury. Ray…
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Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials

There’s a story inside you waiting to be told, and in this introductory creative writing and storytelling course, you’ll nurture…
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Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences

Put yourself in the position to launch a career in the expanding field of augmented and virtual reality. In Producing…
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Award-Winning Faculty

Award-Winning Faculty

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Dekker Dreyer

Dekker is a writer, director and artist working on the bleeding edge of technology and storytelling. As chief creative officer of immersive studio Clever Fox, his oversight on brand experiences with Star Wars, Bose, Warner Bros Records and Disney has made him a go-to expert in VR.

He directed and co-directed the first two VR documentaries from Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, The Help, Spotlight) as well as the first VR concert film at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. He’s the creator of the original VR series The Depths and the immersive film series Electric Sheep. He is the host of the VR Talk Show The Future is Virtual from Embolden Media.

After two decades in media Dekker continues to be a leading industry speaker, essayist, festival juror and commentator.

Course: Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences

"I have learned plenty of valuable skills that will help me create an impressive virtual reality and augmented reality experience. The instructor has contributed tremendously towards helping us create compelling experiences. I was also able to impress my friends and colleagues with the portfolio I created from this course."

— John S., Columbia Online Student
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Sam Weller

Sam Weller is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Weller is an award-winning author and writer of the national bestseller, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury. He co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, and in 2014, the graphic novel adaptation of Shadow Show was published. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury and has given more than 350 talks worldwide.

Courses: Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials, Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

Each lesson reveals the endless possibilities our writings can accomplish. Through this, I believe it will further our expectations and ambitions as we delve deeper into the world of writing. It opens worlds, such as the lesson revolving around forms of narrative that could really be useful in times of struggle.

— Cristian R., Columbia Online Student

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