$4K to $8K
Prices may vary on elective courses taken
Foundation & Design Program or a suitable portfolio submission
$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.
Foundations & Design CURRICULUM
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Travis Mangaoang / Spring 2017
I like how Armand tailored each student specifically to push them as designers. It wasn't a cookie cutter method he valued each artist based on their interest and guiding them through each week as time progressed. He's once in a life time artist that truly cares about the artist and their craft.
Bhairavi Kulkarni /Spring 2017
It was a pleasure to learn from Armand. He is humble, attentive and very passionate about his work which was very clear in every lecture. He is truly inspirational.
Mark Anthony / Winter 2017
This is my second time taking a class with Armand. I really enjoy his teaching style and love the fact that he always has feedback for our work. His teaching style allows us to become more of a thinking artist which I find a huge plus. On top of the fact that he always shows interest.
Tam Dao / Spring 2017
He is a great instructor, I learned a lot from him and I can tell that he is passionate about art and teaching.
Ricardo Guimaraes / Fall 2017
One of the best courses I ever took!
Madeline Julyk / Summer 2017
I had a phenomenal time in this class, and I'm so sad it's ending -- Mitchell 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. If he ever has another class on CGMA, I'm taking it in a heartbeat. I can't express enough what a positive experience this was!
Tessera Madison / Summer 2017
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!
Lucca Medeiros / Summer 2017
The classes were really full of knowledge, and I learned a lot!
Janna Sophia Koppenwallner / Fall 2017
-Thank you for the great class!
Barbbara Pozzi / Spring 2017
He is a beautiful person and really good in his work. He help me so much and he help me to be better.
Jeff Holloway / Summer 2017
Aaron Limonick is an excellent instuctor, I really valued the lectures and individual feedback - I think that is one of the most important benefits that your courses provide - real feedback and advice from the instructor. Aaron was great and I would absolutely take other courses that he teaches, his class really helped me believe in the service CGMA provides - thank you for this service!
Allan Boulogne / Spring 2017
Aaron is hands down the best teacher ive ever had. Ive 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.
William Kalkanis-Ellis / Fall 2017
The class was really informative, thank you for all your help
Geneviève Huard / Fall 2017
Aaron was a very articulate and fun instructor, always motivated and motivating! I'll definitively miss him! :) -
Chang Wei Chen / Spring 2017
Best course I took so far.
Sebastian Posada / Winter 2017
Mauricio is awesome! :)
James Pickard / Winter 2017
Really good mentor ship and instruction from Mauricio.
Henri Woon-Am / Spring 2018
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.
Chris Lindstrom / Winter 2017
Great instructor, provided lots of useful and clear feedback on assignments and very informative q&a's.
Peter Millar / Winter 2017
Gilles was very professional and free with his knowledge.
Anna Orlova / Spring 2017
Gilles is a wonderful instructor and artist.
Allan Boulogne / Spring 2018
Gilles was a fantastic instructor and I'm really glad i got to have him as a mentor. 10/10! He cares about the students, answered every question to the best of his ability at each q&a. Awesome guy.
Aromie Kim / Spring 2017
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!
Christopher Lambert / Spring 2017
Best teacher I have ever had. Best class I have ever taken at CGMA.
Allan Boulogne / Fall 2017
Friggin hands down, coolest instructor ive had on CGMA. Super down to earth and a funny guy. I love 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!
Akos Szabo / Fall 2017
-he was a fantastic teacher during the entire course!
Arthur Hargrave / Fall 2017
Very clear and very informative. A lot of information to study from.
Emma Wittwer / Summer 2017
Eric is Awesome.
David Fortin / Spring 2017
Kalen is an excellent teacher.
Genevieve Franco / Winter 2017
Kalen was as really friendly and encouraging; had great suggestions for help in directions that need more work.
Sravan Ncs / Winter 2017
He is awesome on so many levels.
Daniel Mallada / Winter 2017
Kalen is one of the best intructors I 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 has great humor. Definitely a very great experience.
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