Non-Credit Instructor: Story and Narrative Development Studio for Games, Spring 2024

OCAD University

OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada’s university of the imagination, provides a vibrant and stimulating environment for its faculty and students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD U offers seventeen undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs, and a variety of continuing education courses in art, media and design. OCAD U is currently seeking outstanding, creative and collaborative teachers in the following sessional opportunities/opportunity.

The School of Continuing Studies invites applications for the following anticipated micro-credential offered in the 2023-24 academic year.

CSGD-N147: Story and Narrative Development Studio for Games
(Spring: April 8 – May 13, 2024; Online; Asynchronous)

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.


  • A post-secondary degree (Masters preferred), or have comparable professional accomplishments,
  • Expertise in decolonizing, diverse and inclusive processes to hire Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour job candidates in the creative industries,
  • Experience with curriculum development and delivery for adult learners,
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation/written communication skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Course preparation and delivery; participation in Instructor and program meetings.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: The contract is for the duration of the set development and delivery periods only and is subject to sufficient enrolment.

Applications should be complete and include:

  • A resume;
  • A cover letter;
  • and the names and contact information of three references.  
  • Please upload all three (3) components (including any URL to work) in one PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please name your upload: FirstInitial_LastName-Job Code.

    Interested applicants are invited to submit their application in confidence, online, by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.

    The review of applications will begin on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. and will continue until the position is filled.

    More information on submitting applications on OCAD U’s online applicant system can be found on the Employment Opportunities page.

    Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for any employer (with a valid work or study permit, SIN and Canadian bank account).

    If you require further support, please contact the People & Culture Office.

    As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University (OCAD U) recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. OCAD U understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are essential to and enrich the institution’s core mission and vision as an art and design university with a local and global scope.

    As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

      We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire .

     In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous faculty, priority in hiring will be given to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

      OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact People & Culture for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities

      All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.

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