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Narrative Design

Program Description

This concentration consists of courses in creative writing, story-boarding, world-building, and technical writing. Students will be prepared for AAA, indie, or a career in film, theater, media, communications, or library science.

Course Requirements


ENG 120 Expository Writing (English Composition 1)

ENG 220 Writing About Literature (English Composition 2)

FILM 101 Introduction to Cinema (Creative Expression)

THEA 101 Introduction to Theater (Creative Expression)

RUSS 293 Folklore: A Comparative Study (World Cultures & Global Issues)

HIS 3209 History of Technology (US History)

ET-821 Computers in the Modern Society (Scientific World)

MATH 101 College Algebra [or higher] (Math)

ECO 100 Introduction to Economics (Individual & Society)

Any Lab Science


SCI 31106 Game Design 1: Fundamentals

SCI 31920  Intro to Game Programming

SCI 31923 Game Programming 2

HIM 210 Introduction to Spreadsheets

COM 2404 Interpersonal Communication


SCI 31925 Game Programming 3

SCI 31921 Games and Their History: Game Systems Analysis

SCI 31924 Level Design

SCI 31926 Playing with Stories

ENGL 280  Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 311  Workshop in Fiction I

ENGL 313  Workshop in Fiction II

ENG 2575 Technical Writing

ENG 2720 Writing with New Media

FLPL 276 Screenwriting I

THEA 376 Playwriting I

STAT 213 Introduction to Applied Statistics

ECO 3140 Game Theory

SOC 3251H Sociology of the Internet and New Media

GD 102 Beyond Games


Students are welcome to choose electives from a VERY long list of Narrative Production, Genre Studies, and Technological Culture courses. Students in NARR are highly encouraged to choose one of the following clusters:

  • Advocacy & Organizing

  • Belief Systems

  • Civilization Studies

  • Digital Humanities

  • Editing & Proofreading

  • Fantasy Studies

  • Games for Learning

  • Global Narative

  • Translation & Localization

  • Voice-Over

  • Youth Development

Featured Course Descriptions

ISP 134 - Alternate Worlds

This course explores the ways that creative writers have envisioned parallel universes and alternate worlds: utopias, dystopias, microscopic universes, worlds of the future, and invisible inner worlds. Drawing on a fascinating array of narratives about imaginary worlds beyond the physical world around us, the course examines the manifold nature of such worlds and the purposes for which artists and dreamers create them.

ENG 1143 - Writing for the Stage and Screen

An introduction to writing dramatic stories for the stage and screen with a focus on creative processes and techniques associated with creating modern, conventional stories for theater and film. Covers developing scripts, creating story ideas, writing and formatting dramatic scenes, and pitching film and stage projects to peers. The course includes analyzing dramatic literature and engaging in research of dramatic texts, as well as studying methods and theory regarding act-based plays and films.

ENG 2575  - Technical Writing

This course will have students use electronic media such as Internet, presentation, and graphics programs to communicate technical and scientific information to a variety of audiences via written and oral presentations. Students will also analyze readings in science and technology, study technical writing models, and practice collaborative research and presentation. Building on previous writing courses, this course will reinforce clarity of thinking and expression in effective and correct English.

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