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Find out if your employer pays for professional development. Over 35% of CGMA students receive tuition reimbursements from their employers. Companies that invest in their employees’ growth through CGMA include: Disney, Ubisoft, EA, Dreamworks, Riot Games, Blizzard, Guerrilla Games, Zinga, Google, Zenimax, Certain Affinity, WMS Games, Creative Assembly, Rareware, Cartoon Network, FOX, Hasbro Games, Marvel Animation, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Sony Pictures, and Warner Brothers. Ask your supervisor or HR department if this is something your company offers.

It’s imperative that professional artists always improve their skills and continue to grow. This not only benefits them but, more importantly, benefits their employers. It’s a win-win. Over the years, CGMA has seen artists develop new skills and techniques that helped them further excel at their crafts, and it’s always amazing to see employers invest in that growth. Employer-sponsored education is something that some companies offer but most employees are not aware of. Over 35% of CGMA students receive tuition reimbursements from their employers, and it is estimated that U.S. companies spend over 160 billion dollars on employee training per year. An investment like this not only creates highly valuable employees, but can also provide tax advantages for the companies. All you have to do is start the conversation. Ask your supervisor or HR department if this is something your company offers. They might have a training budget for professional development, and classes could be paid up front or with tuition reimbursement. CGMA provides certificates of completion that can aid with this process. Here are some companies that invest in their employee’s growth through CGMA: Disney, Ubisoft, EA, Dreamworks, Riot Games, Blizzard, Guerrilla Games, Zinga, Google, Zenimax, Certain Affinity, WMS Games, Creative Assembly, Rareware, Cartoon Network, FOX, Hasbro Games, Marvel Animation, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Sony Pictures, and Warner Brothers —just to name a few. If you have any questions regarding registration or portfolio review requests, please contact the CGMA Admissions Department at registration@cgmasteracademy.com, or by phone at 818-561-9542.

In partnership with the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (CSATF) and the Animation Guild IATSE Local 839, CGMA courses qualify for tuition reimbursement through the CSATTF Skills Training Grant program. CSATTF provides up to 66% reimbursement to qualifying Animation Guild members, which means that a course priced at $699 could cost you only $233! For more information, and to download the application form, go to the Vendor Provided Classes page of the Animation Guild website.

In partnership with the Contract Services Administration Trust Fund (CSATF) and the Animation Guild IATSE Local 839, CGMA courses qualify for tuition reimbursement through the CSATTF Skills Training Grant program.

Members can be anyone who works in the motion picture, theatrical/stage, sound, and/or supporting industries (i.e. producers, directors, technicians, basic crafts locals, etc.), and is a part of their associated labor organization. If you would like to find out if you qualify as a member, please call the CSATF at: 818.847.0040 Ext.1260, or visit there website.

CSATF is a non-profit organization that administers a variety of programs for the benefit of the motion picture and television industry. The Animation Guild is a labor organization that represents animation and visual effects artists. This program, which is administered by the Contract Services Administration Training Trust Fund (the "Fund") on behalf of entertainment industry employers, has been created to provide reimbursements to qualified members (or payments to vendors) for certain eligible approved training expenses that you incur in connection with your employment.

In order to participate in the CSATTF Skills Training Grant program, CGMA students who are Fund members will need to provide the Fund with substantiation or proof that you, in fact, incurred the expenses for which you are receiving reimbursement (or for which the Fund is making payments to vendors). Proof of tuition from CGMA courses consists of either a copy of your PayPal receipt or a Certificate of Completion for the course. This substantiation must be submitted to the Fund within a reasonable time after the expense is incurred.

If you would like to file for tuition reimbursement, please download and fill out the latest Vendor Provided Training Skills Training Application here. All forms should be submitted directly to CSATF.

Contact for CSATF:

Email: skillstraining@csatf.org

Phone: 818-847-0040, Ext. 1260

Fax: 818.847.0048

In person or by mail to:

CSATF Attn: Skills Training

2710 Winona Avenue

Burbank, CA 91504

Be sure and consult a tax professional to find out if you qualify for an education deduction. Current IRS publication 970 states that ‘If your education is not required by your employer or the law, it can be qualifying work-related education only if it maintains or improves skills needed in your present work. This could include refresher courses, courses on current developments, and academic or vocational courses.’ (pg 65) So in short, if you are a concept artist, visual development artist, or something of the like, then you may qualify for an education deduction. It is important to note that this paragraph is for informational purposes only and you should ALWAYS consult a tax professional in your country before making tax-related decisions. For more information about this particular section of IRS pub. 970 please visit the IRS website here: IRS pub 970.

If you wish to split a single- or multiple-class purchase into two installments, you can do so using our Payment Plan feature. At the time of final purchase, you will be presented with a few payment options: PayPal, credit card, or through our “Installments” option. For new students, this will be at the end of the registration form you complete after making your class selection(s). For existing students, this will be after you log in and make your class selection(s). In either case, the rest is pretty simple!



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Some countries provide government assistance for continuing education and professional development. If you are a resident of Canada, you can apply for assistance through ACCESS Community Capital Fund (please visit their website for more details and to fill out an application). If you are a resident of France, you can apply for assistance through the AFDAS organization (please visit their website for more details and to fill out an application). Find out if your country of residence offers assistance! If your country offers assistance and is not listed here, please let us know so that we can add it to this page.

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