$7K to $11K
Prices may vary on elective courses taken
Basic understanding of 3D modeling and texturing
$57K to $125K
Based on US job data
Foundations & Design Program overview
Understand the role of a Character Artist
Character artists are the engines that drive the world of 3D animation. In essence they are responsible for translating pre-production and concept art into a solid, workable 3D form for the animation team--but that barely scratches the surface of what’s involved. What is remarkable about this job is the way it combines technical precision with artistic expression, providing a unique opportunity to build the characters and creatures that ultimately define a project. Little wonder the role of character artist is often regarded as the most coveted in entertainment design. 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. 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.
This intensive course is designed to take students through the entire process of character creation, developing the skills required to become a character artist capable of producing work to industry standards. Along the way students will become fluent in human anatomy, familiarize themselves with professional character pipelines, and master the tools and techniques used by seasoned professionals when sculpting, modeling, and finessing the surface detail on their creations. While some of the classes emphasize character arts from a games development perspective, the Character Arts program is equally valid for those eyeing a career in animation and VFX for film or television, where the scale and nature of the work typically requires larger teams of artists working in more specialized roles. For such students it provides a unique opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the entire pipeline while refining skills for their chosen specialist role, such as hard surface modeler, prop artist, texture artist, rigging artist, or creature designer.
Foundations & Design CURRICULUM
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In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll in and complete at least 11 courses in this program: ie. all of the program’s standard block courses. Student can have 1 elective as part of the courses enrolled.
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I absolutely loved this course predominantly because of the instructor. Juan is such a pleasure to talk to, and shares the wealth of knowledge he has on the subject very willingly. He definitely goes above and beyond in answering questions and introducing new plugins and scripts.
I thought Juan was a great coach. I had to withdraw from the class on the third week because this is not the route I want to take with my career. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this instructor.
Instructor was very helpful and thorough with feedback.
Juan was awesome! I learned so much in these few short weeks.
Fantastic teacher, I definitely appreciated his prompt feedback and willingness to answer any questions and his positive supportive attitude.
Juan is a great instructor to learn from. He is very understanding and aware of his students skill level. His friendly and calm manner make it easy to follow the course and his encouraging feedback make it easy to stay committed.
Great teacher who always gives the best for his students to learn anatomy and design.
Excellent and professional. I really got a lot of value from this course.
Christian was outstanding. My knowledge gained during this class has multiplied tenfold without a doubt. Christian helped me to understand the human form rather than memorizing shapes and hoping that it turns into a human model.
I've had the privilege to learn from multiple instructors the last 2 years or so, and I've learned that just because someone is a great artist doesn't necessarily mean they will be great INSTRUCTORS. Christian is the rare exception of being great at both, and it was definitely an honor to be part of the course!
Christian is awesome—he really knows his stuff. I thought he was going to be a bit academic at first, but he has a hysterical sense of humor that occasionally comes through!
Christian was a great instructor, who cared about his students, and wanted them to do well. His level of explanation and the depth he could go into was fantastic and really gave me a deeper understanding of human anatomy. I'm very grateful for having the opportunity to partake in a course like it and be taught by someone as talented as Christian.
Christian is an awesome instructor. Very informative and helpful. Always encouraged us to use the forums and such as well and be a class rather than just being individual students.
Chris has a kind supportive way about him while clearly getting across his constructive and thought provoking criticism that support better learning, observation and growth.
Jorge Adnel Martin
Pete is very talented and has really helped me improve in the past weeks. I learned a lot and always provided very detailed explanations.
Pete is the best teacher I've ever had. I learned a lot in the Q&A sessions and his weekly feedback was very useful. There were things I've never done before this class, moments of frustration that I was able to solve thanks to his advice.
The instructor is passionate about teaching which helped me better understand the workflow.
Pete is an awesome instructor and really pushes you to improve your skill set. Answered questions immediately in the Q&A sessions and really cares about individual progress!
It's been the best character class I've taken and I've taken many. Knows the material very well and sets the bar high which helps with my improvement.
Pete is a fantastic instructor and is always on top of his students questions and request. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone that has a good experience with 3D Characters and wants to take their skills to an expert level.
This guy knows his stuff! I would recommend and sign up for any class John teaches. I haven't had a workshop or instructor teach me as well and as thoroughly since Art School.
Michael is a very efficient and energetic instructor, which I love because the course material can become so much more dense. I feel like I got to learn a lot in a very short amount of time because of that.
Michael is an excellent teacher. I can't believe how much I learned during this course. I would definitely take any course he teaches in the future.
He is extremely knowledgeable and very generous in how he shares what he knows with the class.
Excellent. Seems really into the material and in helping the students with their particular problems.
One of the greatest teachers I ever had. Always had more to teach and show while doing so in a way that was quick to grasp. I did not expect my comfort in Zbrush to scale so fast in several weeks.
He taught students how to USE the ENTIRETY of Zbrush in 6 weeks! The reason I could never get into Zbrush, was that no instructor I found, ever, used or explained all the tools in Zbrush. I can’t believe I'm box modelling with Zbrush now, I mean, WOW. This is a skill I know very few Zbrush users have, because very few artists know how to use it. Thanks to Michael I do. No more need to import box modelling from other programs like Maya, or Blender. I can do it in Zbrush!
His performance while teaching and explaining the course content was outstanding, pretty happy with it
He did a great job of showing us all the possibilities that exist from different workflows to different artists and really set us on a path for success following the courses conclusion.
Johan is a great instructor.
Awesome teacher—I would take other classes taught by David without giving it second thought. Very knowledgeable and friendly, assignments are paced very well, lots of great info that is useful with real applications.
David Mooy speaks in a relaxed manner and doesn't sound rushed, which is a big plus for students who are not native English speakers.
He was great and very helpful!
David presented the material in a very easy to understand way and the course itself was definitely a good kickstart into learning the basics of Maya.
Mr. David Mooy, is a great instructor. Really shows that he loves teaching, and can teach effectively.
David is really a great teacher, one of the best I've ever had
The instructor was fantastic and I absolutely loved his class!
Best instructor ever!
Amazing, phenomenal instructor. This is the best CGMA fundamentals course, and I believe it is the single most important for 3D Character Artists.
Gael is a great teacher, he explained his workflow in great detail and provided even more information in the Q&A sessions. He also encouraged us to help each other, creating a great rapport between the students. I really enjoyed the course.
Gael was knowledgeable and passionate about anatomy, and conveyed that knowledge clearly at an appropriate level.
Hannah Kang is an exceptionally talented artist that brings a real world perspective on how to execute at the highest levels of the entertainment industry. Hannah gives excellent instruction, insight and direction on what principles to focus on when articulating aesthetics and design in 3D space. Being able to learn from Hannah in a live Q&A environment with weekly dialogue has really helped expedite my learning and progress. Hannah’s class is much appreciated and highly recommended.
Honestly, Hannah is the best instructor I've had since graduating university.
Ben has been one of the most accommodating, engaged instructors I've ever had, always enthusiastic about our work and making sure things are clear. And on top of that, he's very open about career advice and provides high-level artistic critique.
Ben was a wonderful teacher who showed interest in his students and gave insightful critiques and Q&As.
He’s great at teaching everything you need to know about Hard Surface.
"Ben is a fantastic instructor. Hard surface modeling felt like math to me but he made the workflow easy to understand. "
Saurabh has done an amazing job for me and all the other students in his class. Everything was made with so much correct and useful information. Course lectures were clear and the schedule was perfectly covered. Can’t describe how grateful I am to have taken this class with him.
Saurabh is a really, really good teacher that shows passion and knowledge.
It was actually really helpful to see Saurabh demonstrate mistakes and then correct himself during his videos. It helped me to realize things I should avoid but also made him relatable.
Very knowledgeable and engaging.
Saurabh is a really good instructor, I would take another class of his in a heartbeat. It's his genuine love of learning different methods and citing sources that i like the most.You can tell hes going out and finding the best answers and sharing everything he's picked up.
Dmitrij Leppee offers a state-of-the-art course and it was beyond my expectations. He's also a brilliant artist and teacher, really generous indeed. The feedbacks were extremely helpful with a lot of detailed explanations. Although I was not able to follow all the lessons so far because of my work, I intend to continue studying with the videos and materials Dmitrij's prepared to us. I can say that I've learnt a lot by now and I'm sure I'll find much more precious knowledge through this learning path. Congrats Dmitrij and CGMA on this outstanding course!
Dmitrij's dedication is amazing. He really cares about the students and provides thorough feedbacks and explanations
We always got really helpful feedback. I only watched a few feedback videos of the other students but I think I can say that the instructor knows exactly how he can help everybody individually at the right knowledge level.
Fantastic job overall. Was incredibly helpful and thorough.
He was really good and I would be happy to take a course from him again.
Patrick was a great instructor. An excellent teacher and a very positive and enthusiastic motivator.
Patrick went above and beyond to give me the guidance and instruction I needed despite my difficult personal schedule
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