Welcome to Our Fantastic Online Digital Art Academy! How it Works...

How Does It Work?


How Does It Work? What you'll learn?

What you’ll learn

First, we would like to welcome you to our fantastic online academy!

To begin your training with our online digital art courses, here is what’s next:

Take a few moments and familiarize yourself with all our many course offerings. For all master classes, we provide a course description and outlines of each weekly lesson. You can also choose a class based on any of our guided tracks.

Can't find what you're looking for? Our admissions team is here to help. Contact us with your questions at registration@cgmasteracademy.com. Be sure to check out our FAQ as well for additional information.

Joining the waitlist is the best way to stay up to date with information about courses you are interested in. Whether it's a last minute seat opening or a new instructor, the wait list keeps you informed.

If you know what course(s) you want to take simply go to the course page and click "Add to Cart" then follow the checkout process!

How Does It Work? Registration periods

Registration periods
winter winter



Registration available on:
Oct 26, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021

spring spring



Registration available on:
Feb 8, 2021 - Apr 26, 2021

summer summer



Registration available on:
May 3, 2021 - Jul 19, 2021

fall fall



Registration available on:
Jul 26, 2021 - Oct 11, 2021

How Does It Work? Sign up

Sign up

Signing Up & Paying for Your Class

When registration for the upcoming term is open, you can check out all the classes available for enrollment. Simply select the class you want to take, fill out our registration form (if you are a new student), and proceed to checkout. It’s that simple!

PayPal is our exclusive merchant service provider. When you’re asked which payment method you would like to use, you can either sign in to PayPal and pay with your PayPal account, or you can just pay with your credit/debit card or e-check without having a PayPal account. Make sure to look for these payment options on the payment page.

Additionally, 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. The first half of your payment will be due immediately upon successful registration. The second half of your payment will be due no later than 10 days before classes start. The second installment payment will be automatically deducted from your payment source 10 days before classes start.

For more information about payment process and options click here.

How Does It Work? Account details

Account details

Finalizing Account Details

All students will receive a PayPal payment confirmation email once your payment has been completed. If you are a new student you will also receive a separate email from the CGMA system with classroom credentials (which is your last confirmation step). Should you not receive any of these notifications in your primary inbox, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER before contacting us. Otherwise, please write us at: registration@cgmasteracademy.com if you experience any troubles with class payment confirmation notifications or missing login credentials.

For all returning students, please use your existing credentials (your account details will not be resent then). From there, you should be able to access your student profile page.

How it works Inside the class

Inside the class

How do CGMA Master Classes work?

CGMA is an online art academy dedicated to helping artists develop and cultivate their creative talents. CGMA has four terms a year, and each term offers a variety of classes to choose from. Courses range from 6 to 10 weeks long, and include one full year of access to lectures, Q&A sessions, assignment feedback videos, and classroom materials.

Lastly, certificates of completion are granted to students who complete 80% of the class assignments (i.e. for an 8-week course, students must complete at least 6 assignments in order to receive a certificate of completion).

Each week will be based on the following format.

step one

Starting each week, you will gain access to a video lecture from your instructor along with an assignment description. Assignments will be due by the end of the week.

step two

After assignment submissions, the instructor provides individual feedback to each student that includes (where applicable) visual markups, adjustments to 3D files, or notes corresponding to the medium of the course. Feedback is recorded and posted in the classroom.

step three

Finally, there is a weekly live Q&A session. Students can interact with their instructor and ask questions about the industry, their career path, the homework, technical issues, etc. The Q&A sessions are recorded and made available in the classroom.

How it works Lecture and assignment



Similar to what happens in a physical classroom, at the beginning of each week, you will be presented with a topic and lecture that will be covered for the week. However, unlike what happens in a physical classroom, these lectures are given as fully pre-recorded video talks and demonstrations. During these recordings, instructors cover a range of topics, techniques, and examples related to the current week’s subject followed by a description of the assignment due at the end of each week.

How it works Lecture and assignment



Second only to actually viewing the pre-recorded lectures, Assignment Submissions are probably the most important weekly component of our courses. This is how your growth and progress is measured and evaluated each week. By making sure to submit your assignments on time each week, you demonstrate how well you grasped the subject of that week’s lecture. But more importantly, it gives your instructor the opportunity to personally view your work and give critiques and notes specific to you through the Instructor Feedback component. These are usually done as either pre-recorded videos, visual mark-ups, or both.

How it works Lecture and assignment


live Q&A

Now this is the time when you can interact directly with your instructor, and ask all those questions you had during the week (whether about that brush you saw in the pre-corded lecture, or about that technique you couldn't quite understand). Better still, during these live sessions, you will be able to see and learn about all the questions and issues your classmates had as well. And even if you can’t make it to the live event- for whatever reason –don’t worry; they will be recorded for later viewing (just in case you miss it, or want to review everything covered during that time). How awesome is that?

How Does It Work? After the class

After the class

Wrapping up your class

At the end of the 10th week, students gain an additional 1-year access of viewing time for their classroom. During this period it’s important for students to review as much of the provided content as possible (i.e. course lectures, Live Q&A sessions and other students’ feedback), before the classroom closes. Please note that the classroom chat feature remains active 24/7 year round.

How Does It Work? Your next class

Your next class

Finding The Right Course

If you ever need to know what course will help you level up, take advantage of our free Portfolio Reviews that will help guide you. CGMA has a dedicated Portfolio Review Team who can offer course recommendations based on your work and goals.

Or, look through our Course Recommendations page where we have sorted our catalog by technique.

Every individual has their unique strengths, goals and skills. We can help you enroll in courses right for your skill level while challenging you in areas you need to improve.

If you have any questions prior to enrolling in any classes, just ask! Our student advisory team will be happy to assist you.

You can reach them at: registration@cgmasteracademy.com

How it works Payment plans

Payment plans

Installment /
Payment plans

Students can take advantage of our payment system by splitting tuition costs in up to 4 installments. The 4-payment split option is only available for the first 2 weeks of registration, with payments scheduled to post monthly. After the first 2 weeks, students can split payments in up to 2-3 installments.

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!

How Does It Work? Steps


All you have to do is the following ...

register with installment

Agree to one-time recurring payments

Make your purchase

That's it! Should you have any trouble with this process or have any additional questions, please check out our FAQs
or write us at: registration@cgmasteracademy.com