“I legitimately love this school!"
"I had a bit of a rocky start due to a crazy working schedule, but after talking to Steve and the team they managed to help me work out a way to still pursue my dreams while dealing with my crazy lifestyle. Now I'm on my way to completing my diploma and chasing my dream job. All of the teachers are wonderfully friendly, fun, hard working and truly want to make sure that you understand the subject material. They're only ever an email away - I've never met a harder working and more dedicated bunch. Thanks for everything guys!”
“Loving every minute of it."
"As an aspiring Concept Artist, it's been amazing to have an industry professional as a mentor. Brandon Reimchen, my mentor, has not only been able to teach me new skills and techniques in regards to my art but also how to apply my craft in a client based situation. Having one on one feedback has been so helpful, for example submitting in a concept and receiving back a paint over and a 30 minute video of well thought out and detailed constructive feedback. I've learned so much in these past 6 months and have also gained much more motivation to work hard for my dream job.”
“"The amount of one-on-one is second to none."
My time with CG Spectrum has been an invaluable learning experience. Having never done an online course, I didn’t expect to receive the level of personalised learning and quality teaching that I have experienced so far. The techniques that I have been taught have not only improved my animation skills by leaps and bounds, but they have also taught me to be a better storyteller through animation. Aside from the skills I’ve learned, I have also gained a great amount of insight into the industry which will definitely aid in my career as an animator. If you’re looking to enhance your specialist skills to an industry level, CG Spectrum is the place to be.”
“Not only have I gained knowledge from this course, I have also gained a great relationship with my mentors and classmates. I am glad I was able to be part of this amazing school.”
“"You're not just another number."
I have always dreamt of breaking into the entertainment industry and since I've joined CG Spectrum I've begun to realise that it's not just an unachievable dream. CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students. Studying in an online capacity makes for a more dedicated and uninterrupted learning experience.”
“"I got a summer internship at Sony Pictures Imageworks!"
When I started CG Spectrum's animation program, I wasn't sure of what to expect from it. Now, a year later, I can surely tell that choosing CG Spectrum was the best decision I've ever made. From the first to the final term, I had instructors that were incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated and supportive. They take the time to introduce new concepts and the critiques can be quite long and detailed, depending on how much feedback the shot needs. Nothing was ever rushed and that's something very rare to find nowadays. The small classes also allow the instructors to spend more time with each student, analysing the shots to the tiniest detail.”
“"CG Spectrum got me my dream job!"
As a 2D animator, I wanted to expand my skill-set and learn 3D animation. I tried to do so myself but lacked the guidance from a professional. After a lot of searching and research, I found CG Spectrum. The curriculum is wonderful, the mentors are fantastic and the school is very accommodating. Did I mention that the mentors actually go through the files of your animation assignments? This contributes tremendously towards understanding your mistakes and learning not just what you need to do, but HOW you can correct them. The mentors are extremely helpful, encouraging, kind and most importantly, always available for help. I was able to email any questions about my assignments, at any time, and would get a reply soon.”
“"Your education is their top priority!"
I didn't realise how much I didn't know before joining CG Spectrum. I feel like missing pieces of knowledge are now clicking into place. I'm learning stuff you just can't get out of books and DVD's alone. You can't ask book a question. They take your lesson file, open it and give a video critique while they work on your file. Showing you options, different approaches or what needs to be done to improve your workflow, making sure you fully understand the lessons being taught. It's not about just finishing the assignment and moving on to the next lesson, it's about fully understanding why and when, not just how. Each lesson is building you up for the next.
You can send them emails in between classes and they will answer. Do they ever sleep? At CG Spectrum I'm learning so much and loving every minute of it.”
“"CG Spectrum is incredible. I cannot recommend it enough."
The mentors at CG Spectrum are fantastic! The level of education I have received is unlike any other school I've come across. I have learned more in 9 months, than most other animation students do in 2 years. What separates CG Spectrum from other schools is that the mentors at CG Spectrum are not only talented professionals in their own right, but they also care about your success as an artist both in school and after you graduate. They are willing to spend as much time as they need, in order to teach you the material properly.”
“"I’m not only learning the essentials of VFX but also key networking tips from my mentor."
I started CG Spectrum with no experience in Visual FX. Initially, the thought was quite daunting as I hadn't done much in the field prior. In my opinion, the education with CG Spectrum is the closest to giving me actual industry experience since I’m working alongside an industry vet whilst being taught the fundamentals of my trade. I can comfortably say I have more of a "peer to peer" relationship rather than "teacher to student", making it really easy to share my work and expect solid criticism.”
“"I am very excited about how much I have achieved!"
Self-teaching as a tool is cool if you don't mind getting no interaction or help as well as learning older versions of the software. Thankfully, CG Spectrum has been giving me the total opposite and an opportunity to push myself every step closer to the industry. With great resources at CG Spectrum, I learn not only how to craft but also how to think and prepare myself to be industry ready.”
“"It’s your career success that matters."
I applied to some companies with my updated reel and get the chance to be hired by a small studio named Dwarf-Labs where I did some animations for a CG commercial. Then I was hired by Ubisoft where I worked for the last release of one of their big franchise, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate!"”
““CG Spectrum has been an instrumental part of my growth”
CG Spectrum has been an instrumental part of my growth as an animator, helping me sharpen my skills, acquire new ones and strengthen my character animation abilities. This is an invaluable experience for anyone looking to learn animation or take their skills to the next level.”
“"From the get-go, you’re thrown into hands-on projects that have you itching to learn more."
This doesn’t feel like online studying. The mentors are always there to help and the live chats and forum help you get to know your fellow students who are also more than willing to give insightful feedback. Every step of the way you’re growing into a wonderful community.”
“"I moved from another school as CG Spectrum offered a more specific program for my needs."
Let me assure you that it was the best move I have ever made. Mentors are current industry professionals so you know that techniques are relevant and I honestly believe that these guys are in it to see you succeed."”
“"The most important quality of CG Spectrum is that they concentrate on training their students in a specific discipline"
They know that the industry is full of experienced and trained people and their goal is to find jobs for their student and not just pump out useless degrees. Instead of having a small understanding of the whole production pipeline, students have a competent and full understanding of specific parts of the pipeline. I honestly believe that these guys have built this institution to get people jobs and help grow the industry into something even more amazing than it is now. Big props to CG Spectrum.”
“I can’t praise CG Spectrum enough for the quality of teaching and dedication to their students. Mark was by far the best mentor I’ve ever had, he really took the time to help design the course around what it is that I wanted to get out of it. I’ve studied other animation courses in the past, but none even come close to the depth and speed of development as CG Spectrum. I’d take the course again if I could!”
“My mentor was extremely helpful and patient when learning the complexities of VFX, always pushing me to do better while encouraging me with the progress that I made throughout the program.”
“I studied VFX Nuke Compositing in CG Spectrum. I really enjoyed it and got very good experience in Nuke. The syllabus and materials are excellent and give a strong foundation in Nuke. They have very professional instructors whose work is prominent in big blockbuster movies of our time. Along with learning the right path of nuke, I learnt a lot about the industry.”
“I have nothing but great memories of CG Spectrum! I was a bit unsure when I signed up for the concept art course because I had no prior experience, but it changed my life. I had a great mentor, Brandon, who would always push me to do better and I learned valuable things in each class. Now I'm closer to getting my dream job.”
“Prior to enrolling at CG Spectrum's Advanced VFX Course, I had no experience in creating VFX at all or using Houdini. By the end of the 3rd semester, I was quite comfortable in using Houdini for most simulations, using VEX in place of regular nodes and creating procedural assets. My mentor changed once along the way, but both Gyuri and Ben were amazing teachers! I signed up for a normal course, but things happened, and it was actually 1 on 1 sessions. The mentors are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and apart from our regular sessions they responded to my questions all the time.”
“CG Spectrum has given me the skills I need to make my art a professional career.
I've always wanted to pursue training in concept art but living rurally I never had the opportunity to do so, until I came across CG Spectrum. The online learning capacity of CG Spectrum allowed me to study from home. My mentor gave me detailed critiques, not just pointing out the flaws, but painting over and showing how to improve them. I was always encouraged to push the envelope, and I gained valuable insight into the industry. A fantastic school, I highly recommend it!”
“The very personal learning experience I had through CG spectrum encouraged me to dig deep with questions and figure out how to really improve. I got the attention I needed from my mentor and broke through the frustrating plateau I had been at before starting. Looking back on my old artwork, I'm extremely satisfied with how far I've come.”
“During my time at CG Spectrum my skill as an artist and concept artist specifically, raised to heights I'd never imagined possible. I feel deep into the rabbit hole during this course, only because CG Spectrum offered so much extra information. This left me ready to kickstart my career.”
“Picking CG Spectrum has been the best decision I have ever made. My 1 on 1 compositing mentor was fantastic and I could not have asked for anything more so in tune with the VFX Industry. I have learned so much.”
“CG Spectrum is my ideal way of learning. With mentors active in the industry keeping you on track with industry proven skills and workflows you know you're not wasting your time. You get what you put in to this course and there isn't such thing as being too keen. I couldn't be happier with the progress and skills I've gained since starting.”
“Having a mentor that works in the industry facilitated both guidance and support in the weekly submissions. Their critiques guided my skill set and put me in front of the competition, by helping me learn to troubleshoot from my mistakes. The flexibility and being online really worked for me.”
“Getting access to industry mentors is huge. There's a world of information out there on the internet, but nothing really compared to talking to someone in the know. When I first committed to specializing in animation, I approached it with tenacity. I sought out information wherever I could find it. CG Spectrum was one of those places. I really liked the 1 on-1 format. It was the first time I had an experienced animator open my scene file. It was what I needed to get over a couple of technical hurdles.”
“This is how teaching should be, I learned so much faster! I signed up for the concept art mentorship program and I'm so glad I did. I'd been wanting to get into concept art for a while but didn't know how to go about it and was feeling like watching endless YouTube videos wasn't really getting me anywhere. The one-to-one mentorship was perfect for me; not only was my mentor awesome, but every lesson without fail had several eureka moments when my work was critiqued and painted over! I would say "That looks so much better! What did you do again? I hate you a little bit.”
“I legitimately love this school! I had a bit of a rocky start due to having a bit of a crazy working schedule, but after talking to Steve and the team they managed to help me work out a way that would allow me to still pursue my dreams while dealing with my crazy lifestyle. Now I'm on my way to completing my diploma and chasing my dream job. All of the teachers are wonderfully friendly, fun, hardworking and truly want to make sure that you understand the subject material. They're only ever an email away - I've never met a harder working and more dedicated bunch. Thanks for everything guys!”
“CG Spectrum has been an instrumental part of my growth. CG Spectrum has been an instrumental part of my growth as an animator, helping me sharpen my skills, acquire new ones and strengthen my character animation abilities. This is an invaluable experience for anyone looking to learn animation or take their skills to the next level.”
“I got a job offer at a major feature film studio before even graduating! Studying at CG Spectrum gave me the opportunity to network with industry artists while I was learning and coupled with the amazing course I was able to secure a position in the industry. Now I'm working on amazing projects in my dream job!”
“I was blown away by the level of personal interaction the 1-on-1 mentorship provides. Having a direct line to an industry veteran as my mentor has been an invaluable resource and has taken my rate of learning to the next level. I couldn't have imagined I would go from knowing nothing about FX, to receiving job offers within 6 months of study with CG Spectrum!”
“I hadn't even finished the course before I was offered a job. My understanding of NUKE Compositing was minimal when I started with CG Spectrum. With the help of the mentors, I managed to build my skills and get my foot in the door at a major VFX studio."”
“I started the Concept Art & Illustration Diploma at CG Spectrum in order to create a stunning Portfolio to apply for a Concept Art Internship. And as soon as I had my first lesson, I knew this was the best way to go. The weekly tasks were challenging, but with the excellent feedback from my amazing tutor, I was able accomplish them. Without CG Spectrum I would never have been able to create a portfolio on that level and finally get an amazing internship in Beijing. Through CG Spectrum I was able to raise my skills onto a professional level. My incredible tutor gave me valuable insights into the industry and guided me throughout the year. I would like to thank CG Spectrum for giving me exactly what I needed to get started in this competitive industry.”
“I am a student of the Advanced Modeling program, and this mentor-ship has helped me achieve a level of focus and exposed me to expert advice that I could not have gotten so directly anywhere else”