Student work by Yaseen Yusaf
After twenty years of a successful career as a Geophysicist, I heeded an old call of my heart and decided to explore my passion for the world of the CG Industry. After researching a lot, I put this important transitional step of my life in the hands of CG Spectrum College. I started introductory classes in 3D modeling and animation. Then I discovered the magic world of rigging. Once I finish learning more rigging, I am set to embark on an Advanced 3D Modeling Diploma. Then I will be able to be a Modeler that has the ability to rig his own assets.
The key of CG Spectrum College can be summarized in one word: CARE. From the first moment, they really care about you. You have mentors who take their time to listen to you, answer all your questions. You also have wonderful assistants that help you with your projects, encourage you to go through and keep grinding when you’re stuck at something. All these people are part of a wonderful community. They do feel like family!
Once you become a student at CGS, you will always be a student at CGS. You will only be few keystrokes away from connecting to this wonderful community of mentors, assistants, students, and advisors!
Finally, I wanted to give special thanks to Maxine Schnepf (Career Development Manager), for all her time and guidance. Maxine will go out of her way to help guide you! She will take the time to listen to your specific drives, needs and weaknesses, then help you set your goals and craft methodologies to fulfill them. I am really thankful to Maxine for all her unconditional help!
3D Modeling / Rigging
I couldn't be happier with my time at CG Spectrum. Communication with the mentors is really easy and they push you to achieve the best. I really enjoyed my experience. I would totally recommend.
I had stumbled upon CG Spectrum not knowing what to expect, but the knowledge and skills I have gained from these classes have helped me grow tremendously as an artist.
I took both the Intro and Advanced Concept Art classes with Brandon, and I cannot speak highly enough of him. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he has years of experience that are invaluable. These courses are not easy, but are designed to constantly push you in many ways. I would recommend this school if you are willing to put in the time and effort, because it is worth it!
I enrolled in the Nuke VFX Compositing course and found the experience to be very beneficial. My mentor (Gen Camilleri) was excellent and helped me accelerate my learning with our weekly meetings. Once I completed the course, I was left with some great portfolio pieces for my showreel but the service didn’t stop there. I was given free ongoing help with a Career Development Manager (Maxine Schnepf), who helped me polish my resume and LinkedIn profile to help kickstart my career.
The most impressive quality CG Spectrum offers is a course that makes study as if you were on your first job. If you are willing to put the energies into studying and do the assignments as if you were on the job, and if you are ready to hear your mentor's suggestions and challenge yourself to push your limits, you will get an experience very similar on the workplace.
CG Spectrum rewards you for every energy you put into the course, and they are very open to meet your real-life needs for giving you the possibility to study at your maximum.
When I found this school I was completely head over heels in love. I started at a basic university, and the curriculum was miserable! I've been working on my 3D Modeling Diploma and I'm about 2/3 through the course. YES this place is legit! Everyone is so helpful and welcoming. I've learned so much in six months and it's a good amount of work that can keep you working. There's also a very bright and supportive community behind it. Once I finish with 3D Modeling, I am most definitely going to try out Concept Art Design and Game Art Design as well. You definitely get your money's worth with this place. Thank you, CG Spectrum, for giving me hope in my career and always motivating me to do more with my art and work every day.
Baylee Grace Balsimo Ketelhut
My eyes shone when I read about the CG Spectrum's Game Programming course! I didn't expect to find a C++ programming course aimed at the gaming industry and of such quality. Since the first contact, the school staff have been very friendly and professional. There is a genuine interest in helping us achieve our goals. The course content is very well designed, covering from basic to advanced topics in a concise and didactic way. The big difference, in my opinion, is that we have the guidance of a very high level professional who works in the industry: Bryan Griffiths in my case!
In addition to masterfully explaining all technical questions on the various programming topics, he shares immeasurable knowledge of the industry. The sessions go beyond the course content, where Bryan adapted some topics based on my goals. In addition to the incredible guidance, he points out books, websites and many other super valuable resources. Talking to him is a privilege and gives me the impression that I am already part of the industry! In addition to the specific content of the course, we have access to career development sessions, guided by Maxine Schnepf. These are classes where we receive guidance and discuss essential career topics. An amazing journey!
Raphael Hamzagic de Carvalho
The course spells out all the skills you need to succeed in a AAA studio and then gives you the resources and tips & tricks for you to go and do it for yourself through a mixture of assignment and project work.
My mentor, veteran designer Troy Dunniway, is the icing on the cake! He takes great interest in steering and supporting me as I work my way through the design of my own major game concept, he even gives me weekly challenges to go and buff up on topics that are of particular interest to me.
Being a game designer is VERY multidisciplinary, I would recommend this course to anyone who is up for the challenge of learning to conceive & design their own games, then bringing them to life as working prototypes.
I got an hour each week of dedicated one on one time with the mentor. He would give me critiques and paint overs of my work. The paint overs from a professional are the biggest benefit in my opinion.
Not only are the classes immensely helpful, the staff are quick to answer emails and they even went out of their way to send my certificates to colleges here in the USA, which helped me get accepted to some of the top art schools on the east coast.
A bit skeptical at first. Looking through the website, CG Spectrum seemed like it was too good to be true. After biting the bullet and signing up for the 3D Modeling course, looking back, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I was switching from a career in healthcare to 3D Modeling and was full of anxiety and nerves. Ever since I started, every single mentor, staff member, and even the COO have been so hands-on and directly involved in my learning. Co-Directors of top box office movies and supervisors of major Netflix TV shows are giving me direct, detailed, video feedback on my projects. In tandem with the robust courses offered and supreme network of high-level industry professionals, CG Spectrum students also have access to a database of learning resources, strong community of like-minded students, and an awesome career development class to prepare you for your dream job. As a student, it has surpassed my expectations.
I studied Introduction to Concept Art & Illustration, and it was fantastic. I have studied graphic design and digital media in the past but I wanted a refresh on illustration in a digital way. CG Spectrum was amazing! My mentor Brian was great! A good man with real care for his students. I couldn't be happier with my time at CG Spectrum. I am looking to continue my studies with them.
Concept Art & Illustration
I was really happy with the constructive feedback given to me by my mentor for a 1-on-1 Introduction to 3D Modeling program. The industry tips and workflows recommended helped me get a more robust understanding of workflow fundamentals. I'd recommend CG Spectrum for the calibre of training.
It's definitely been extremely helpful for my portfolio and my confidence as an artist!"
I am a concept artist at Paradox Interactive in Sweden, and I wanted to expand my illustration skills, so I decided to take the Digital Illustration Diploma. And I am loving it!! It is exactly what I needed, and my mentor Eric is modifying the feedback sessions to suit my needs. If you are a professional and want to learn a new skill, I would say go ahead! Expand your set of skills! I am already thinking of 2D animation after I am done with illustration.
Eric Wilkerson is by far my favorite art teacher. He is patient, super duper helpful and encouraging. I had some self discipline problems with drawing and painting but when I started Introduction to Concept Art & Illustration course with Eric, he immediately set me on a right path and I started drawing and learning every single day.
He was always available if I had any questions or problems with my assignments. His easy-going style and constant smile never made me feel bad when I made mistakes - on contrary it motivated me even more to work and learn on those mistakes.
Concept Art & Illustration
"Great course. They teach you what you need to know and don't waste your time with stuff that just fills out a course. It was specific to what I needed to know. The classes are very personable and the mentors are industry professionals that never hesitate to put in the effort to help you out. I definitely would recommend this to people interested in getting into the industry. It's set up so that industry professionals (who are still working in the industry) are teaching you. They are at the top of their game. You get the connections as well as the skill and insight into the industry. These guys tick all the boxes in my opinion."
"Absolutely amazing school! I recommend doing this for complete newbs like I was who want to become Animators. Mark Pullyblank was an amazing, kind, and helpful mentor who made sure I always knew what I was doing. He's probably one of the most dedicated professors I know and he made sure he went over everything thoroughly with me and was quick to answer my questions. I would recommend him to anybody who wants to learn 3D Animation. The online assistant Amanda was super helpful as well whenever I had any complications. Definitely 10/10."
"I recently finished the 'Introduction to 3D Modeling' course. I went in with about a year’s worth of other online 3D Modeling courses but none compared to CG Spectrum. I have learnt so much from this course, and I had an amazing mentor (Anton Tenitsky) who pushed me to perfection on all the models I made while taking the course. It was the best decision I made in order to pursue my end goal. I took the next step and enrolled in the Advanced Diploma and I have nothing but good expectations of the outcomes of that course once it starts!"
"In less than a year I was able to achieve results I could never imagine!"
"The learning material and staff were great and having an industry mentor was an invaluable asset that really helped me get my break in the VFX industry."
"CG Spectrum is an excellent online college. I had the best modeling course there!"
"It is a pleasure to be in his class. Firstly, he is so knowledgeable and his tutorials are packed with valuable information. Secondly, he is very patient and always takes time to find the best solution for problems his students encounter. On top of that, he is an AMAZING artist!”
"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!”
"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.”
"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.”