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Introduction to Concept Art & Digital Illustration

Kick start your career in the film and game industry with this short course for beginners

Overview

Learn concept art and digital illustration from an industry mentor

Take the first step towards a career as a film and games artist

In this short course, you'll build your understanding of digital painting fundamentals, and see what it takes to make a career of your craft. Be mentored and inspired by an industry expert with years of experience creating art for the entertainment industry. Traditional artists welcome!

Why study digital painting at CG Spectrum:

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

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Discover how to create artwork for the entertainment and publishing industries. Whether it's concept art for film and games, or book cover art and trading card illustrations, your highly experienced and passionate mentor will help you get started in this creative field.

This course forms term one of the Concept Art & Illustration Diploma, so on completion, you'll be one-third of the way through the diploma!

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Industry Qualification

Certificate

Duration

3 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Beginner

Prerequisites

Basic drawing skills & min. computer specs

Delivery

Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Adobe Photoshop

Start date

Nov 2, 2020

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Why study with us

Learn digital painting basics from award-winning concept artists and illustrators

Whether straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, our expert-led digital painting programs help equip you with the latest skills used in the industry

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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

Note: This course is also the first term of the Concept Art & Illustration Diploma, so you'll already be one-third of the way through the diploma course if you choose to continue your journey!

  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
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Mentors

Get direct access to award-winning film and game artists

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. All digital painting classes are taught by industry mentors with years of experience working in the film, game and publishing industries.

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

(3 x payments)

Monthly
$1,485 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 license of Zbrush Core, Maya LT, Photoshop, 3D Coat and Marmoset Toolbag 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.