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Concept Art & Digital Illustration Diploma

Study concept art and illustration and unlock a career as a film and games artist

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Overview

Concept art and illustration course taught by top artists

Expert career training with an industry mentor as your guide

Turn your artistic skills into a career as you discover how to create professionally polished art for the film, video game and publishing industries. You'll be mentored by highly experienced artists who have worked with some of the world's biggest film and game clients. 

Why study concept art & illustration at CG Spectrum:

  • Be mentored by award-winning artists
  • Learn to create art for film, games & publishing
  • Discover expert Adobe Photoshop techniques
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)

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At CG Spectrum digital painting school, you’ll get hands-on experience creating compelling concepts and narrative images for the entertainment industry. Learn how to work with client briefs and deliver high quality work that keeps clients coming back.

On graduation, you can choose to specialize in either concept art or illustration and continue with the Advanced Diploma course.

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Industry Qualification

Diploma

Duration

9 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Intermediate

Prerequisites

Basic drawing skills & min. computer specs

Delivery

Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Adobe Photoshop

Start date

Dec 7, 2020

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Why study with us

Learn digital painting from award-winning film and game industry artists

Our specialized expert-led digital painting programs prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in the industry. Unleash your creative potential while building practical job skills.

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Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from experts who have worked on major films and games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical and relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner with flexible payments

Curriculum

Industry-approved curriculum to get you started as a concept artist or illustrator

Term 1: 12 weeks
Foundations & Asset Development

Start your illustration and concept art for beginners course by establishing a solid understanding of color, value, and light. Then you'll look at how physical attributes affect design choices by learning perspective drawing and anatomy. Discuss indirect versus direct design briefs, plus how to develop ideas based on the information you’re given. Experiment with various image formats and learn how to professionally polish and present your work.

Along the way you'll explore Photoshop’s powerful interface and tools, and learn time-saving shortcuts from your mentor.

Learn how to:

  • Navigate Photoshop’s user interface
  • Create custom brushes & tools
  • Use perspective & anatomy
  • Apply lighting & color theory
  1. Introduction to Line Drawing
  2. Introduction to Value
  3. Introduction to Color & Colorization
  4. Introduction to Perspective Drawing
  5. Introduction to Anatomy 01
  6. Introduction to Anatomy 02
  7. Introduction to Ideation and Reference
  8. Thumbnail Creation
  9. Sketching
  10. Value, Lighting & Rendering
  11. Coloring 
  12. Polishing
Term 2: 12 weeks
Rendering Techniques & Character Drawing

The second term of the concept art course begins with lessons on how light and color affect mood, before moving on to the creation of stylized materials and textures. You'll find out how to develop an artistic style, and apply life drawing and dynamic posing techniques to create and present appealing art.

Learn how to:

  • Define, develop and apply artistic styles
  • Create stylized digital materials
  • Add depth and range to your artwork
  • Increase speed using expert sketching and rendering techniques
  1. Light Theory
  2. Form vs. Function
  3. Material Rendering - Wedges
  4. Material Rendering - Application
  5. Developing a Style
  6. Application of Styles
  7. Life Drawing Techniques
  8. Life Drawing Applications
  9. Dynamic Posing - Gesture & Line of Action
  10. Iterative Design - Sketching
  11. Iterative Design - Rendering
  12. Color Mood
Term 3: 12 weeks
Layout, Level Design & Composition

Learn the fundamentals of environment and set design by starting with perspective drawing: the key to creating solid concept art. Discover how to visualize environments by building matte paintings from scratch using photo-bashing techniques plus the paint-over method to acquire lighting and perspective information from pre-rendered assets.

Learn how to:

  • Turn your ideas into compelling concept art
  • Design environments and sets for movies and games
  • Speed up your workflow with efficient compositing techniques
  • Frame and stage your shots to tell a story
  1. The Character of Environments
  2. Introduction to Environment Design
  3. Set Design 01 
  4. Set Design 02 
  5. Game Level Callout 01 
  6. Game Level Callout 02 
  7. Framing Shot Types
  8. Framing & Staging
  9. Basic Composition - Line & Shape
  10. Basic Composition - Light & Value
  11. Advanced Composition 01 - Armatures
  12. Advanced Composition 02 - Focal Points
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Mentors

Get direct access to highly acclaimed concept artists and illustrators

To be the best, learn from the best. All digital painting classes are taught by industry mentors who have worked with major game developers, film studios and publishing giants.

Study Options

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
Study Options

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

 

Monthly
$1,185 USD

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Per Term
$3,199 USD

(3 x payments)

Monthly
$1,485 USD

(9 x payments)

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Per Term
$3,999 USD

(3 x payments)

Study Pathway

Your journey to a successful career starts here

Study duration: 18 months
Concept Art & Illustration Course Pathway

We've built our courses based on industry input and focus on teaching skills studios are hiring for. The courses below form a complete study pathway designed to fast track your education so you can land your first job sooner.

Once you have completed the diploma, you may choose to specialize in either advanced concept art or advanced illustration (both options shown below).

Each course can also be taken separately depending on your skill level and career goals.

Overview:

The Introduction to Concept Art & Illustration Certificate teaches you solid foundations, giving you an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in this field.

This course serves as the first term of the Concept Art & Illustration Diploma, so you’ll already be one-third of the way through the diploma if you choose to continue your journey.

Prerequisites:

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Software: A student educational license of Adobe Photoshop is provided to all students for free

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Overview:

The Concept Art & Illustration Diploma develops your skill level further with more complex techniques and a focus on producing the quality expected in film and game production.

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of Introduction to Concept Art & Illustration Certificate
    (Note: The Introduction to Concept Art & Illustration Certificate is embedded in the Concept Art & Illustration Diploma and serves as Term 01. If you have already completed the introductory course, you are one-third of the way through this diploma.)
  • A digital drawing tablet and a computer that meets the minimum recommended specifications

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Software: A student educational license of Adobe Photoshop is provided to all students for free

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Overview:

The Advanced Concept Art Diploma takes your skills to an industry-standard level, with the final term focusing on career development and building your professional portfolio.

All diploma and advanced diploma students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

Prerequisites:

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Advanced Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Software: A student educational license of Adobe Photoshop is provided to all students for free

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Overview:

The Advanced Digital Illustration Diploma takes your skills to an industry-standard level, with the final term focusing on career development and building your professional portfolio.

All diploma and advanced diploma students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager.

Prerequisites:

Course Summary:

  • Qualification: Advanced Diploma
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Commitment: 20 hours weekly
  • Skill level: Advanced
  • Software: A student educational license of Adobe Photoshop is provided to all students for free

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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

Our commitment to job-outcomes and focus on career development has helped graduates find work at studios all over the world.