Concept Art Course - Learn Online - Classes for Beginners

Introduction to Concept Art & Digital Illustration

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

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. 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)

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

Concept Art Course - Learn Online - Classes for Beginners
Qualification

Certificate

Study duration

3 months

Commitment

20 hrs weekly

Skill level

Beginner

Prerequisites

Basic drawing skills & min. computer specs

Delivery

Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Software

Adobe Photoshop

Start date

Oct 3, 2022

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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

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. Apply your new skills to design a character, and learn how to professionally polish and present your work.

*This short course is the same as the term one of the full Concept Art & Illustration Course, 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
FAQS

Have questions? We've got answers.

Learn more about the prerequisites for this course and the digital painting careers you could explore in the future. For general questions about studying at CG Spectrum, visit the main FAQ page or contact us.

INTRO TO CONCEPT ART & ILLUSTRATION COURSE 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).

 
 

Software:

You will purchase Photoshop (photography plan only) for the length of your studies and be reimbursed for the cost by CG Spectrum.

Hardware:

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 full Concept Art & Digital Illustration course and then specializing in either Advanced Concept Art or Advanced Digital Illustration) 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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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.

Pricing

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
Pricing

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)

Financial Aid Options

Looking for financial aid? CG Spectrum has partnered with Hussian College to deliver accredited diploma programs with access to financial aid for those who qualify.

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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.