Concept Art Course - Learn Online - Classes for Beginners

Concept Art Essentials

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

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. Basic drawing skills required. Traditional artists welcome!

Why study digital painting at CG Spectrum:

  • Be mentored by professional 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)


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 Foundations of Concept Art & Illustration Course, so on completion, you'll be one-third of the way through!

Concept Art Course - Learn Online - Classes for Beginners


Study duration

12 weeks


20 hrs weekly

Skill level



Solid drawing skills


Weekly online classes, feedback and support


Adobe Photoshop

Start date

May 6, 2024

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

Term 1: 12 weeks

Foundations 1: Essentials of Concept Art

Start your illustration and concept art essentials course by establishing a solid understanding of color, value, and light. Then 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. Apply your new skills to design a character, and learn how to professionally polish and present your work.

*This short course is the prerequisite of the Concept Art Foundations, so if you choose to continue after completing your certificate, you'll already be a third of the way through!

  • Communicating effectively through the use of line, value, and colour using Photoshop
  • Understanding of the principles of perspective
  • The importance of anatomy observation and practice
  • Asset production workflow
  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. Ideation and Reference Gathering
  8. Thumbnail Creation
  9. Sketching
  10. Clean Line, Value Mapping & Render
  11. Colorization
  12. Polishing

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


$1,185 USD

(3 x payments)

$1,750 USD

(3 x payments)

Essentials + Foundations Bundle

Add the Foundations of Concept Art and save up to 20%

We understand the unique needs of students pursuing careers in creative industries. That's why we offer curated course bundles that align with specific career paths or skill development goals. These bundles are designed to provide comprehensive training while offering cost savings compared to enrolling in individual courses.

Pathway illustration for 9 Month Bundle

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.

Frequently asked questions

Concept Art Essentials FAQs

For this course, basic drawing competency is required, as this is not a drawing course. If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact our admissions team.

Alongside basic drawing skills, you will also need basic computer skills and a computer that meets the minimum specifications (see next question).


You will purchase Photoshop (photography plan only) for the length of your studies at CG Spectrum.


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

Studying digital painting can open up a variety of career paths in the entertainment industry. 

This short concept art course will get started on your journey, but in a competitive industry, continuing your studies with the full concept art and digital illustration study pathway (the Concept Art Foundations and then focusing in either the Concept Art Specialization or Digital Illustrator Specialization) will better prepare you for a job in the industry and help increase your employment opportunities.

The advanced course covers more complex techniques and includes an entire term dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation to get you industry-ready.

Some of the junior digital painting jobs you could pursue after completing the full study pathway include:

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


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