$9K to $15K
Prices may vary on elective courses taken
Foundation & Design Program or a suitable portfolio submission + Block 0
$53K to $114K
Based on US job data
Foundations & Design Program overview
Learn the roles of an Environment Designer
There are few roles quite as liberating as that of the environment designer. This is a discipline where artists have the freedom to conjure up their own visions for entire worlds. Drawing on an understanding and appreciation of nature, architecture, illustration, photography, cinema, and more, environment designers weave together the images that breathe life into a story and set the visual tone for all subsequent art development. In the world of film, visual development artists are tasked with mapping out the locations that--regardless of whether they’re ultimately built physically or digitally--will work hand-in-hand with performance and script to draw the audience in, enhance the drama, and incite specific emotional responses as each scene requires. Additionally, video game environment design involves the unique opportunities and challenges afforded by an interactive medium--one where the player’s actions, perspectives, and gameplay journey must all find a home within the artist’s worldview. Our Environment Design Program has been designed to give artists the skills and know-how necessary to tackle this discipline in any medium, featuring classes that cover all key aspects of natural and solid-surface environment design, matte painting and sketching, narrative illustration, and composition. Upon completion, certified students will be well placed to pursue a career as a concept artist, environment designer or visual development artist.
Enrolling into a CGMA Program is a simple and painless affair. Once you've decided on which program you want to complete, simply register and start taking the classes outlined in your program's block list. That's it!
On average, we recommend 1-to-2 courses per term. Should you wish to complete the program at an accelerated rate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term (so no need to pay for an entire program upfront). And, after completing all the block-courses in a given program, you will be awarded a Program Certificate of Completion.
In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll in 10 courses and complete at least 8 in this program. This will be a combination of the program’s standard block courses (1-5) and up to 2 electives. Students should note that Block 0 will not count toward the program total.
Foundations & Design CURRICULUM
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The following requirements are only mandatory for students enrolling in the 2020 Spring Term and beyond. For all students who enrolled prior to the 2020 Spring term, they have the choice of continuing with the previous format or take advantage of our updated/optimized version.
In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll in at least 10 courses and complete at least 8 in this program. This will be a combination of the program’s standard block courses and up to 2 electives.
Learn from award-winning artists who've worked at top studios around the world
I've been taught by many art teachers, and I can say with sincerity that Dzu is a good teacher. Here are three things I liked about Dzu as a teacher: 1) he treats each student in the same manner—in other words, no matter what level you are at, he cares for the student and also doesn't seem to favour particular students. 2) His advice is concise and practical. 3) He can walk the walk—in other words he can demonstrate how to create great art.
Dzu is an awesome guy and a great instructor. He gave some really good insight into how the industry works and how he got his foot in the door. I really wish I had gotten more than 8 weeks to be in his class. Really happy I was able to have Dzu as an instructor—I could talk to him all day.
I was pretty paralyzed before taking this class. But I learned a lot and now I feel way more comfortable with approaching environments, even with things outside my visual library.
One of the best I have ever had. Very knowledgeable and knows how to stimulate thought and creativity in students.
I'd like to really thank Dzu, I think he has been a great help and appreciate his feedback. A great artist I hope to follow in the footsteps of one day!
I think he's a pretty amazing teacher. He is super knowledgeable and professional. I'm going to miss getting art critiques from him every week.
His way of teaching is just awesome and in future I would love to learn more from him. It is so simple to understand such big things in a simple way.
David is a great teacher! I really enjoyed learning digital painting with him. It was my first time also using color and his lectures and assignments made it really fun. His feedback was also always really on point and he is really kind in the Q&As.
David is truly passionate about painting and it shows through his stellar instruction. He quickly identifies areas that need improvement and always points these areas out with encouraging, constructive, analytical feedback that really sinks in. He is a great instructor and great guy!
I had a phenomenal time in this class, and I'm so sad it's ending. The instructor is funny, personable, knowledgeable, and is always responsive an attentive in and outside of the classroom. He puts a lot of effort and care into critiques and genuinely cares about the improvement of his students. I can't express enough what a positive experience this was!
This has been a fantastic experience! Mitchell has been an incredible teacher. He takes the time to give each student detailed feedback. He is easily available if we have any questions or are struggling with an assignment. His lectures were extremely helpful and I learned so much. I am so grateful for this experience and would love to take more classes in the future!
The classes were really full of knowledge, and I learned a lot!
Miguel is amazing, both as an artist and a compassionate instructor. Thank you so much for your insight and support!
Very helpful, and could motivate students whilst giving very much needed feedback to keep the learning a fun experience!
He is a beautiful person and his work is great. He helped me so much!
Aaron Limonick is an excellent instructor and I really valued the lectures and individual feedback. I think that is one of the most important benefits that CGMA provides: real feedback and advice from the instructor. Aaron was great and I would absolutely take other courses that he teaches!
Aaron is hands down the best teacher I've ever had. I've learned more from him in 8 weeks than I have at my art college in 2 years. One more reason I'm making the full switch to you guys. Top notch stuff. Great honor to have him as a teacher.
The class was really informative, thank you for all your help!
Aaron was a very articulate and fun instructor, always motivated and motivating! I'll definitively miss him!
Loved having Aaron as an instructor. He gave the class a wealth of knowledge and techniques on the concept art process. It has really helped me create better environment pieces for sure.
I loved this intructor (Aaron Limonick) and I think he is an excellent teacher, not just a talented professional. This was my first class with CGMA but I was so immediately pleased with the course that I signed up for two more next term.
Mauricio was awesome! He really engaged with us and answered every question that was asked - pretty amazing!
Really good mentorship and instruction from Mauricio.
The instructor is clearly passionate about his profession and he demonstrated his enthusiasm throughout the assignments. He always managed to bring out the best points in any of the students' work, improving them but preserving the student's initial idea.
Gilles provides very clear and helpful feedbacks, directly pointing out how and why your work should be changed, and how your art would be overall improved in the end. His expertise in environment painting, coupled with his professional but also laid-back behavior, makes the Q&As really enjoyable and informative.
Great instructor, provided lots of useful and clear feedback on assignments and very informative Q&As.
Gilles was very professional and free with his knowledge.
Gilles is a wonderful instructor and artist.
Gilles was a fantastic instructor and I'm really glad I got to have him as a mentor. He cares about the students, answered every question to the best of his ability at each Q&A. Awesome guy.
He went above and beyond. I cannot recommend him enough! Great teacher with a fantastic work ethic.
He is truly an exceptional teacher, and was very adept at providing inspiring feedback and further direction, as well as answering any questions. This is a very well-structured, thorough course that provided even more than I was looking for.
Patient and considerate, Tyler did an amazing job at letting me realize my mistakes and using them as steps to better understanding. His feedback made me want to improve and I was inspired to redo my past assignments while doing the one that would be due. All in all, a fantastic instructor whose lessons I'll remember!
Best teacher I have ever had. Best class I have ever taken at CGMA.
Hands down the coolest instructor I've had at CGMA. Super down-to-earth and funny guy. I loved the small history lessons of each architecture type. He really knows his stuff and he's really, really supportive of all the student's work. Amazing guy and great course!
He was a fantastic teacher during the entire course!
Very clear and very informative. A lot of information to study from.
Eric is awesome!
Eric is awesome! I learned a lot from him. He is my first CGMA instructor and the good experience makes me interested to take more course on this site
Kalen is an excellent teacher.
Kalen was really friendly and encouraging. He had great suggestions for help in areas that needed more work.
Kalen is awesome on so many levels.
Kalen is one of the best instructors I've had in my whole life. He is always encouraging people to work hard and explore new stuff. His classes are very well conducted and also have great humor. Definitely a very great experience.
Ricardo is very knowledgeable and a great artist. He inspires to grow and learn new techniques and addresses issues artists face (Perfection vs. Efficiency)in the industry which is very important.
Ricardo is an amazing teacher and I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested on breaking into the movie industry. I enjoyed it a lot!
Jane S. Kim
Ricardo is one of the few rare brilliant professional instructors who has such an excellent eye and gives so much to you. His critiques are always on point and he is also tremendously kind and so humble.
Nick's lectures were amazing. He was great at explaining what his thought process was while working through multiple iterations. His Q&A sessions were fantastic; he was great at answering everyone's questions and was very generous with sharing his knowledge.
Nick is a fabulous instructor and he explained each and every thing in depth. He always encouraged us to do research and for us to develop our own styles rather then depend upon the instructor's weekly examples or brushes. I really enjoyed learning with Nick. I recommend this course for anyone who wants to develop the skills in production designing.
He is a great instructor!
Igor was going above and beyond to provide us with feedback and arm us with knowledge we needed to tackle each task. On top of that he is really cool and open guy. I had amazing pleasure to learn and grow along his side. Thank you Igor!
It was a lot of fun. The live sessions were the most useful part to me in the course and I always looked forward to them.
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