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Turn your artistic passion into a career with our beginner and advanced digital painting programs.
With an established digital artist as your guide, discover how to plan, develop and present compelling industry-standard artwork using Adobe Photoshop and graduate with original art for your portfolio. Traditional artists welcome!
At CG Spectrum, your career training includes direct access to some of the best digital artists who will share their experience working with clients like Marvel, Scholastic and Blizzard Entertainment.
Learn expert digital painting techniques and critical job skills such as how to market yourself and build lasting client relationships.
Our specialized concept art and digital illustration courses will get you job-ready and give you a personalized education experience.
Studying digital painting opens up a variety of career opportunities. Explore the career paths that could be yours after graduating at CG Spectrum.
Take the first steps towards a career as a digital painter for film and games. Starting with art fundamentals, you'll discover how to create compelling art using Photoshop using professional workflows and techniques.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
From art history to the latest techniques, learn the fundamentals of both disciplines using Photoshop. Explore light, color, perspective and anatomy and create polished art for your portfolio. Note: Term 1 of this course is the same as the Introduction course. So if you've already completed it, you’ll skip to term 2.
Expand your digital painting skills and graduate with a strong portfolio of original work to show employers or clients. These courses help you specialize further and get industry-ready with invaluable career advice and support.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
This intensive course covers environment, creature and character design, plus matte painting using hand painting, photo-bashing and paint-over techniques. The final term focuses on career development to prepare you for a successful career as a concept artist for film and games.
9 months - 20hrs weekly
Discover advanced character illustration techniques and create various narrative artworks to client briefs. Whether you want to work in film, games or book publishing, this career-focused course prepares you for an exciting career in your chosen field.
Peek inside the world of concept art and illustration! Choose this course if you want to pick up a new hobby, learn the basics and start using Photoshop to create original art for film and games.
3 months - 20hrs weekly
The best concept art course for beginner-intermediate level. Get hands-on experience creating concept art from scratch using Photoshop and working with client briefs. Graduate with a solid foundation and original work for your portfolio! Basic drawing skills required.
We’re proud to say that with an 80% employment success rate the majority of our advanced graduates are now working in the highly competitive film and games industry.
Studying digital painting can lead to many different types of careers, including;
Discover more about concept art and illustration jobs, salary expectations and tips to meet the minimum job requirements on our careers page.
Discover free digital painting resources and articles to inspire you on your journey into the film and games industry.
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Get a more hands-on education with mentorship from top film and game experts, an industry-approved curriculum and a thriving creative community cheering you on.
By giving you access to the most talented artists in the industry, we help you to become well connected, trained and prepared for life beyond school.
What you get when studying at CG Spectrum:
Progress faster with expert feedback from your mentor and join an inspiring and supportive online community of industry experts and peers.
Our mission is to make sure our students are best prepared for a successful career when they graduate.
We strive to provide affordable, high quality and personalized education and believe in the power of learning first-hand from industry experts who already established a fantastic career.
What makes CG Spectrum unique:
As an online school with students and mentors in 90+ countries, we're proud to bring the industry to you – wherever you are in the world!
This school WILL put you on the right path.
The knowledge and skills have helped me grow tremendously as an artist. I took both the Intro and Advanced courses with Brandon, and cannot speak highly enough of him. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he has years of experience that are invaluable. The courses are not easy, but designed to constantly push you in many ways. I recommend this school if you are willing to put in the time and effort, it is worth it!
Studying concept art and illustration through CG Spectrum has been wonderful!
From helping me in achieving a better workflow to improving on designing things out of my comfort zone, the course has given me more confidence as an artist. You can tell the mentors really put a lot of thought and care into helping you create your best work, as well as preparing you for success in the industry.
Highly recommend this school!
My teachers were very helpful and I have learned so much about the industry. The highlight I think is the community they nurture—I have great relationships with other students, alumni, and mentors from my time at CG Spectrum.
They give you the right tools for the right job.
I enrolled in the Concept Art and Illustration course without any art background (theoretical and practical). Thanks to my enthusiastic mentors, Eric Wilkerson and Brian Huang, and knowledgeable fellas in group chat, I was able to improve my skills in a short time.
Thanks to CG Spectrum, I am a lot closer to my dream of being a concept artist.
The curriculum structure is very reasonable, with both academic basic theories and useful suggestions for career paths. Thanks to my mentors, Brian Huang and Victoria Sarkissian, who not only taught me drawing skills and design techniques, but more importantly, they also gave me the confidence to continue working hard.
The staff are really awesome. They genuinely care and they work very hard for you.
There are plenty of extra curriculars on offer. You can drop in on fundamentals classes every week. The Technical Assistants run friendly competitions. They have workshops and Q&As with big-name studios like Industrial Light and Magic. You get out what you put in, but they do their best to make a lot of good available to you while you're there.
I learned so much in 9 months that my personal efforts at learning beforehand paled.
My experience with my mentor was fantastic. His own expertise was clear in how cleanly he was able to analyze my artwork and offer advice ranging from creating an effective composition, adding storytelling elements to an image, effective ways to paint over line work, simple brushes to generate quick and useful effects, and even just using the lasso tool in simple ways to expedite workflow.
It was literally the absolute best thing that has ever happened to my career and professional life.
I feel like I’ve improved not only as an artist but as a professional as a whole, as the classes integrate every single detail of the artist life. The doors really open for us all and there’s nothing I’d change.
The community is welcoming and helpful.
I couldn't be happier with my time at CG Spectrum. Communication with the mentors is really easy and they push you to achieve the best. I really enjoyed my experience. I would totally recommend.