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Take a new approach to storytelling in the Immersive Storytelling and Content Development Professional Certificate. Learn core literary devices and explore the work of Ray Bradbury to learn how to structure a compelling story. Then take your writing to new realities in the 8-week Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences course. By working with award-winning authors and experience designers, you will be prepared to develop content across any genre or industry.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Enhanced writing skills and practical tips for translating them into career opportunities
  • Direct feedback from course instructor, Sam Weller, literary master and Bradbury’s authorized biographer
  • Techniques to develop immersive content using Unity software
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Courses Included

Each required course for the Immersive Storytelling and Content Development Professional Certificate is 8 weeks long, fully online, and can be taken for credit or noncredit. Please see course details for more information.

Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials

There is a story inside you waiting to be told. In this introductory creative writing and storytelling course, explore new skills to craft your story and find a receptive audience. You’ll cultivate a personal writing style as you close-read work from multiple genres and share constructive feedback with fellow writers. You’ll work directly with Sam Weller—Columbia Chicago professor, award-winning author, and public speaker.

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Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences

Launch your career in the expanding field of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). In Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences, you’ll explore the branches of the VR industry, tracing its impact on immersive storytelling across a variety of media. Guided by live-action and animated VR pioneer, Dekker Dreyer, you’ll learn the landscape, terms, and tools of immersive media.

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Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

Experience the transformative power of creative writing through the life and works of famed fantasy writer, Ray Bradbury. As the author of Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury remains one of the 20th century’s most visionary and celebrated writers. This course explores practical creative writing strategies through a deep dive into the “dark fantasy” of Ray Bradbury.

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Certificate pricing and details:

  • Earn 9 hours of college credit: $2,991
  • Take for Non-credit Professional Development: $2,409
  • Fees: $120 Registration Fee (required for both credit and non-credit options)
  • Duration: 24 weeks

SAVE 10% OFF TUITION WITH CODE “CERT10” AT CHECKOUT WHEN YOU SELECT “APPLY A DISCOUNT” UNDER EACH COURSE.

Certificate Courses

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Creative Storytelling Featuring Ray Bradbury

Experience the transformative power of creative writing through the life and works of famed fantasy writer, Ray Bradbury. As the…
Learn
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Creative Writing and Storytelling Essentials

There is a story inside you waiting to be told. In this introductory creative writing and storytelling course, explore new…
Learn
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Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences

Launch your career in the expanding field of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). In Producing Augmented and Virtual Reality Experiences,…
Learn

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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