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Concept Artist Specialization

Study concept art online for a career in film, games, and publishing

Overview

Industry-focused concept art course that gets you job-ready

Focused on career outcomes, the Concept Artist Specialization takes your artistic skills to a professional level. You'll build job skills, master complex techniques, and learn to communicate meaningfully through art.

Why study concept art with us:

  • Receive specialized training using industry-used tools and techniques
  • 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)

With feedback and support from a professional artist with year of experience, you'll gain valuable insights into film, games, and publishing and work on polishing a solid portfolio to impress employers.

 

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Qualification

Industry Certificate

Duration

9 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Advanced

Start date

August 5th, 2024
September 9th, 2024
October 7th, 2024

Tuition

Group Class: $9,999 USD
Private Class: $13,999 USD
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Why study with us

Learn concept art from professional film and video game artists

Whether changing careers or upgrading your skills, our specialized expert-led animation programs help you build practical job skills that serve throughout your career.

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.

Curriculum

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

Term 1: 12 weeks

Characters, Creatures & Enhanced Workflow Techniques

In the creature and character design term, you’ll use anatomy, posing skills, personality and character traits, plus 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
  • Build professional model sheets
  1. Character Design: Villains 01
  2. Character Design: Villains 02
  3. Character Design: Heroes 01
  4. Character Design: Heroes 02
  5. Character Design: Creatures 01
  6. Character Design: Creatures 02
  7. Matte Painting - Photobashing 01
  8. Matte Painting - Photobashing 02
  9. Environment Paintover 01: Design and Texture
  10. Environment Paintover 02: Polish
  11. Prop Paintover
  12. Zbrush Character Paintover
Term 2: 12 weeks

Introduction to 3D Concept Art

Speed up your workflow using 3d sculpting and kitbashing techniques to quickly block out, light, and render your concept art. You'll create dynamic compositions using Zbrush and Blender to develop your concept art skills further and learn industry-standard workflows. Starting out by sculpting basic forms to generate quick renders, capturing detail, and lighting, you'll move on to more complex models such as the human form and complex environments. Finish with several pieces of original 3D concept art for your portfolio.

How to:

  • Use Photoshop, Zbrush, and Blender to enhance your concept art workflows
  • Gather strong reference material and create quick thumbnail sketches
  • Set up camera angles and lighting to capture detail and textures
  • Polish your work to a professional level using the latest studio techniques
  1. Zbrush Mini UI Navigation and Tools
  2. Zbrush Adding Objects
  3. Sculpting, Painting and Rendering a Character
  4. Applying Lessons 01 - Sculpting
  5. Applying Lessons 02 - Paintover 
  6. Refining Concept Painting 
  7. Introduction to Blender and Scene Brainstorming
  8. Scene Layout and Terrain Creation
  9. Importing Models and HDRI Lighting
  10. Compositing and Photoshop Methods for Environments
  11. Photoshop Paintover 01
  12. Photoshop Paintover 02
Term 3: 12 weeks

Mentored Studio: Concept Art

This final term is dedicated to getting you job-ready! With your mentor’s guidance, you’ll polish your best art for your portfolio and learn how to develop your competitive edge, market yourself, and make the best possible impression in front of employers. You'll also receive additional 1-on-1 career support, portfolio reviews, and industry insights from CG Spectrum's Career Coach.

How to:

  • Polish your portfolio to impress employers
  • Be more confident with negotiation
  • Network and self-promote effectively
  • Tap into the hidden job market 
  1. Career Pathways
  2. Industry Overview
  3. Portfolio Upgrade
  4. Networking and Online Presence
  5. Resume and Cover Letter
  6. Job Hunting
  7. Freelance Work
  8. Interviews and Pitching
  9. Personal Projects and Challenges
  10. Working in a Studio
  11. Contracts and Negotiations
  12. Personal Roadblocks
Course structure

Your Pathway to the Industry

The 9-month Specialization Course is the second half of our Career Track, preparing you for your first day in the industry. Your future awaits!

Pathway illustration for Specialization 9 Month Course

 

Want to take your education higher?

Did you know that the subjects you complete in the career track courses can be used to apply for credit toward our accredited degrees and diplomas in the same discipline? 

The skills and knowledge you build in any industry-certificate course can be transferred into academic credits through our Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer process. So, if you decide to take your studies to the next level, know that your prior learning will be recognized.

Compare your options and find out which course is right for you.

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Mentors

Get direct access to highly acclaimed film and game concept artists

Receive mentorship directly from industry experts who have worked with major game developers, film studios, and publishing giants.

Student Showcase

Our students create exceptional work

With a focus on portfolio preparation, we help students craft impressive, high-quality work that stands out in a competitive industry. 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.

Frequently asked questions

Got questions? We've got answers.

This course requires the successful completion of the Concept Art Foundations career track or portfolio submission demonstrating professional experience and an accompanying reel/resume.

You must know the difference between concept art and illustration (as you will need to decide between taking this specialization and the Digital Illustrator Specialization) and demonstrate competent use of perspective, anatomy, color, and colorization in Photoshop, linework, composition, and iterative design as these skills and knowledge are all required in this more advanced course.

Age Minimum
T
he general minimum age to be able to enroll in our industry certificate courses is 16. We require parent or guardian consent during the enrollment process for applicants under 18.

Students under 16 will require a further assessment before they can officially enrol. This may include an interview with a course advisor and the creation of a study plan to ensure they have considered how they will manage a college-level workload.

English Proficiency
We expect our students to have a good understanding of written and spoken English. There’s no specific ’level'; however, you must be able to understand video tutorials in English (no subtitles) and speak with your mentor in English during your live Q&A session.

Computer Literacy
To be successful in this program, you will need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).

Software:

You will need to purchase Photoshop (photography plan only) and ZBrush for the length of your studies. Blender is used for the 3D concept art term. This software is free to download and use.

Hardware:

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

On completion of the Concept Artist Specialization course, you will have greater confidence in your technical and creative abilities and a polished portfolio to show prospective employers.

You will also have access to our career coach and personalized career services (including interview preparation, CV/resume assistance, and portfolio reviews), which can assist your efforts when applying for junior concept art jobs such as:

The CG Spectrum community is another great resource. Through graduates and mentors already working in the industry, you can network and learn about relevant job vacancies. 

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

This Concept Artist Specialization builds upon the skills offered in the Concept Art & Digital Illustration Foundations course and completes our career track offering. Students who are serious about pursuing a career in digital painting have an opportunity to explore the world of concept art more deeply, study character and creature conceptualization more intensely, and progress further with creative techniques, including 3D sculpting and kitbashing.

The Specialization course also offers an entire term dedicated to getting students career-ready. This includes building necessary job skills while working on your professional portfolio, with support and feedback from your mentor every step of the way.

While CG Spectrum's advanced students have a high job success rate (83%), we cannot offer guaranteed employment as the film and game industry is competitive, and there is no way of knowing what the market will demand when it comes to concept art.

The students who experience the greatest success are those who take responsibility for their careers, put in the hard work to raise their skills to industry standards, leverage their mentor's invaluable expertise, and take advantage of every opportunity to excel.

Taking an advanced concept art course not only keeps students focused while they grow as artists and build their portfolios, but it also increases their social scope as they make more contacts with more time and work, a key component in securing a job. 

To help students find employment, we have a range of career services and a dedicated career coach who regularly hosts exclusive career-focused webinars, Q&As, artist interviews, and workshops for CG Spectrum students and graduates and is available to answer career-related questions.

The Specialization course also dedicates a full term to career and industry preparation. With your mentor's guidance, you'll refine your professional portfolio, build essential job skills, and learn how to market yourself.

If you have any questions about our career services as they relate to your personal career goals, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

As with any venture, it will be what you make of it! The best concept artists are constantly growing, evolving, and learning new skill sets. 

A specialized concept art course is an excellent way to sharpen one’s skills, open doors to exciting new methods and practices, refine your showreel, and continue to grow and network as an artist and member of the digital painting community.

The benefit of doing the Concept Artist Specialization at CG Spectrum is receiving mentorship from an industry professional who can share their workflows and techniques with you. If you choose the 1-on-1 private mentorship option, there is also some flexibility to customize the program to meet your particular needs and career goals.

You can also get additional support from our career coach if you are looking to take the next step in your career, whether that be a promotion or switching your specialization.