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Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about getting started at CG Spectrum

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FAQs

We hope these FAQs will provide answers to your own questions. If your question isn't covered, please email us at: hello@cgspectrum.com.

One of the many benefits of being an online school, is that we are everywhere! Borders don’t stop us from teaching the next generation of artists. So long as you have a good internet connection and a strong desire to create, you can study with us.

Our mentors are spread across the globe, covering most time zones. Classes take place via Zoom and are recorded, so they can be replayed anytime.

There is one live Q&A each week, and we provide the day/time of that class closer to your intake start date. As we have students enrolling throughout the month, we try to cater to everyone's time zones. We're always considerate of student locations and make sure the weekly Q&A session is within an appropriate 9am-9pm period, however, we are unable to cater to every student's full time or part time work hours as well. So if your schedule is very busy and you need more flexibility, we encourage you to consider the 1-on-1 private mentorship option.

Online education is ideal for students who live far from a traditional animation or game design school, or those needing flexibility around work and family commitments, or those who prefer to study from the comfort of their home. (Read 5 more benefits of studying online.)

All course fees are listed on each individual course page. Please select the course you're interested in and scroll down to the 'Study Options' section.

Our unique system of teaching allows you to excel by providing:

  • Direct access to industry mentors who have worked on major films and games
  • Personalized job-focused career training and support
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)
  • Mentorship and live weekly calls with top film and game experts
  • Classes that are 100% online (study from anywhere!)
  • Recorded video critiques of your mentor working within your file

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If you are serious about a career in film and games, invest in your future and join CG Spectrum where you can focus your skills and hone your craft by getting the attention you deserve.

As a CG Spectrum student, you will be invited to join the private CG Spectrum community; a lively and supportive network of peers, mentors and alumni who work at film and game studios all over the world.

By taking advantage of this community and the many events that we sponsor and host (most of which are online and accessible to all); you have the opportunity to meet some of the most talented and influential people in the industry.

CG Spectrum provides students with the tools, resources and direct access to world-class mentors, to help them become the best trained, best connected, and best prepared for studio life.

Helping students find employment is very important to us, that's why we have a dedicated Career Development Manager, Maxine Schnepf, who regularly hosts exclusive career-focused webinars, Q&As, artist interviews and workshops for CG Spectrum students and alumni, and is available anytime to answer career-related questions.

Through network nurturing and an emphasis on portfolio and demo reel building, we equip students with the job skills and confidence to create high-quality work that speaks for itself. Diploma and Advanced Diploma students receive additional 1-on-1 career support, CV/portfolio reviews and interview preparation. 

The film and game industry is competitive, and the students who experience the greatest success are those who take responsibility for their career, put in the hard work to get their skills up to industry standard, leverage their mentor's invaluable expertise, and take advantage of every opportunity to excel.

Many of our diploma graduates have gone on to get great jobs in the industry. Check out the success stories on our blog to meet graduates who have worked on major titles like Avengers: Endgame, Blade Runner 2049, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Call of Duty, League of Legends and Assassin's Creed.

CG Spectrum is a certified school through The Rookies

Rookies Certified Schools are independently reviewed and assessed by invite only, ensuring only the very best schools are accepted and the accolade remains exclusive. The accolade is a quality mark which identifies the schools that offer the highest quality education, and are best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.

CG Spectrum was also ranked #2 Online Art School by The Rookies, and listed in Creative Bloq’s Top 5 Best Animation Schools

We have different types of payment plans available, however, the schedules depend on the course you are interested in studying.

Please contact our Admissions Manager for further information.

Unfortunately we do not.

As an international school, we are not affiliated with a regionally accredited body, therefore we do not offer financial assistance.

We have a range of payment options available for all of our courses from upfront payment with savings of 25%, monthly payment plans or affiliated lenders with weekly payment options.

We believe our courses offer the best possible value when compared to other schools and we work with students individually to reach their educational goals irrespective of financial restraints.

More information on financial aid options, and be sure to check what grants you may be eligible for in your city or country.

The only course that requires strong drawing skills is the Concept Art and Illustration Diploma.

All of our other courses do not require strong drawing skills but it is always encouraged to work on your fine art skills.

As part of an entry requirement for the course, we require at least 3 pieces of artwork that demonstrate character/creature creations, prop or environment type artwork.

However, we encourage students to avoid painting from photographs, or photo manipulation.

Students are also required to have their own digital tablets.

For more information on prerequisites and computer requirements, head to the Concept Art and Illustration Diploma course page.

Our Introduction and Foundation courses are taught from the ground up so no experience is required with the software taught.

All of our Advanced Diplomas require a prerequisite of intermediate knowledge of the software used in the course.

The prerequisites for each course are listed on the course page.

Our software specific short courses do require a basic to intermediate knowledge of the software that you’ll be learning.

We understand why people are hesitant to enrol in online schools. Some online schools may be disconnected from their students or leave students to discuss topics amongst themselves in a forum so that they don’t have to pay instructors to be available. CG Spectrum is a different kind of online school – we stay connected with our students throughout each week of their course. As much as we encourage our students to post and critique other students’ work, we facilitate our student feedback to ensure that meaningful and helpful advice is being given to avoid students being misled or wasting valuable time. This is why we check in with our students every couple of days and are available if they need any assistance.

Our students have told us that they get much more feedback from us compared to what they received at expensive bricks and mortar schools they have attended. Quite often we hear students say that they wished they had come to us first and saved all of that time and money. There is a live Q&A each week giving students a front-row seat to ask their mentor any questions they may have, listen to tips and critiques on the assignment and see how a professional would handle the task at hand.

The classes are conducted through an online portal called Canvas. Students are given a login username and password, and this is where they can select their subjects to find each week’s content, tutorials and submission dates.

We do not offer scholarships by request. Please subscribe to our mailing list (in the footer below) to get any updates for any future scholarship offerings.

Yes, it is possible to work and study full time. However, in order to balance both commitments, it’s very important to organize and dedicate your time appropriately.

Creating a study schedule or monthly planner can be a great way to balance your responsibilities and ensure you don’t fall behind.

If your schedule is particularly busy, we recommend the 1-on-1 private mentorship option which offers the most flexibility.

Yes. Send your current portfolio/website link/demo reel or Statement of Attainment from a previous College to the Student Admissions Manager (along with the name of the course you are interested in) who will consult with your course mentors to assess where to best place you based on your prior skills.

You may submit a preference if you are applying for 1-on-1 mentorship, however, because our mentors also work in the industry (which means you'll be learning the latest techniques and workflows!), matching you with a specific mentor depends on their schedule, availability, and how many students they are already mentoring.

Remember that ALL of our mentors are seasoned industry professionals with years of experience. Whichever mentor you are matched with, you can be confident you will be working with a highly skilled and passionate industry professional.

Our mentors are also very active in the private CG Spectrum community, so you will have opportunities to connect with many other industry experts besides the mentor you will be working closely with each week.

We recommend students dedicate approximately 20-25hrs a week or 2-3hrs a day in order to get the most they can out of their education.

We encourage students to fully commit to the course so they can get the best experience possible and use available mentor time efficiently.

Great! Head to the application page and fill out the form. We look forward to getting you started!

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