Character Design

Study character concept art online and unlock a career as an artist in the film and games industry

Concept art course run by top artists

Get job-ready with expert career training and mentorship

Focused on career outcomes, the Character Design Course takes your character skills to a professional level. Whether you want to freelance as an independent artist, or work at a major film or game studio, you'll learn job skills, master complex techniques and learn to communicate through art, creating compelling work that captivates and inspires.

Why study concept art at CG Spectrum:

  • Specialized focus on concept art for film, games & publishing
  • Be mentored by award-winning artists
  • Extra career support to get you in front of employers
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


Get your skills to industry standard with advanced concept art training. With a seasoned concept artist as your mentor, you'll gain valuable insights into the film and games industry, build job skills, and graduate with a solid portfolio to impress employers.

Meet your mentor online for weekly classes, get personalized video critiques of your work, and 1-on-1 career support to get you ready to hit the ground running after graduation!




Study duration

6 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Concept Art Foundations course or portfolio submission


Weekly online classes, feedback and support



Start date

Jan 8, 2024

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Why study with us

Learn concept art from professional film and video game artists

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our specialized expert-led concept art training helps you build practical job skills and a competitive edge

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked on major films and games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, relevant job skills that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Options to help you pursue your passion and start working sooner.


An industry-approved curriculum to launch your career as a concept artist

Term 1: 6 weeks

Character Design

In the character design specialist course, you’ll use anatomy, posing skills, personality, character traits, and the environment to inform your designs. Create backstories for your characters and experiment with color, posing, and lighting to engage your audience in the story. 

How to:

  • Learn to create polished concept art
  • Design incredible creatures and characters
  • Use story and posing to drive action
  1. Character Design: Heroes 01
  2. Character Design: Heroes 02
  3. Character Design: Villains 01
  4. Character Design: Villains 02
  5. Character Design: Creatures 01
  6. Character Design: Creatures 02

Get direct access to highly acclaimed film & game concept artists

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All concept art classes are taught by industry mentors who have worked with major game developers, film studios and publishing giants.


Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


$1,799 USD

(1 x payment)

$2,499 USD

(1 x payment)

Frequently asked questions

Got questions? We've got answers.

Aside from basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question), this course requires the successful completion of the Concept Art and Illustration Course or portfolio submission demonstrating professional experience and an accompanying reel/resume.

You must know the difference between concept art and illustration and demonstrate competent use of perspective, anatomy, colour and colourization in Photoshop, linework, composition and iterative design. We do not cover any of these skills in the advanced concept art course.


Photoshop or equivalent software is required.


You will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for Photoshop, and a graphics tablet (see digital painting software and equipment).

What concept art careers can I explore post-graduation?

On completion of the Advanced Concept Art Course you will have greater confidence in your abilities and a portfolio to show employers.

You will also have personalized career services with our Career Development Manager which can help when applying for junior concept art jobs such as:

Discover more about these jobs, tips, and salary expectations on our careers page:

Student Showcase

High quality student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed. See what they are creating.

Studios that hire our students