Overview

Learn concept art with industry pros

Fast-track your way to becoming a concept artist in 18 months with training and mentoring from industry experts.

CG Spectrum's online concept art courses offer a complete study pathway to get you industry-ready. Whether you want to freelance as an independent artist, or work at a major film or game studio, you'll learn job skills, master complex techniques and learn to communicate through art, creating compelling work that captivates and inspires.

Why learn concept art at CG Spectrum:

  • Progress faster with mentorship from world-class artists
  • Get support and industry insights in our online community 
  • 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)
  • Flexible schedules and 100% online. Learn from anywhere!
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CG Spectrum graduates can be found working at film and game studios all over the world

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Learn concept art from the experts

Progress faster with mentorship from respected film and game concept artists, and graduate with the skills to pursue your dream career. See how our courses work in the video below.

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Flexible scheduling

Plan 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 job skills studios are hiring for

Payment plans

Pursue your passion and start working sooner

Learn concept art with specialized courses

Get more out of your education! Industry-approved curriculum, live weekly sessions with your mentor, personalized feedback on your work, plus a supportive online community cheering you on. 

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Concept Art Course Pathway

CG Spectrum's online concept art courses are a complete study pathway to help you become a concept artist for films and video games! Learn how to plan, develop and present compelling industry-standard artwork, acquire critical job skills, and graduate with strong portfolio. 

3 MONTHS

Course summary:

Both concept art and illustration are built on solid art fundamentals, so you'll start your journey by establishing a solid understanding of color, value, and light. 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.

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

6-9 MONTHS

Course summary:

Continue your concept art course by looking at how light and color affect mood, before moving on to the creation of stylized materials and textures. You'll find out how to develop an artistic style, and apply life drawing and dynamic posing techniques to create and present appealing art.

Next, you'll learn the fundamentals of environment and set design by starting with perspective drawing: the key to creating solid art. Discover how to visualize environments by building matte paintings from scratch using photo-bashing techniques plus the paint-over method to acquire lighting and perspective information from pre-rendered assets.

Note: The Introduction to Concept Art & Digital Illustration Certificate is embedded in this Diploma. If you complete the 3-month introductory course, you'll be one-third of the way through this diploma.

9 MONTHS

Course summary:

Focused on career outcomes, the Advanced Concept Art Diploma is where you specialize and hone your skills as a concept artist.

In the creature and character design term, you’ll use anatomy, posing skills, personality and character traits, plus the environment to inform your designs. Create backstories for your characters and experiment with color, posing and lighting to engage your audience in the story.

You'll then learn 3D concept art, and speed up your workflow using 3D sculpting and kitbashing techniques to quickly block out, light, and render your art. You'll create dynamic compositions using Zbrush and Blender to develop your concept art skills further. Starting out by sculpting basic forms to generate quick renders, capturing detail, and lighting, you'll move on to more complex models such as the human form and environments. Finish with several pieces of original 3D concept art for your portfolio.

Your final term is dedicated to career development and portfolio preparation so you graduate ready for your career as a concept artist for film and games!

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MENTORS

Learn concept art from industry veterans

Get direct access to passionate industry professionals with years of experience working with major clients and studios.

Student Showcase

Student work that speaks for itself

With a focus on illustration portfolio preparation, we help students build their competitive edge with high quality work that gets noticed.