Foundations & Design Tracks overview
Understand the importance of Storytelling & IP
Storytelling lies at the heart of everything for artists working in the entertainment industry. This is an arena where every picture really does tell a story, and where the image is both a means of communication and a form of expression. Now, thanks to the billions being invested in the creation of original content by the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, the demand for artists with a firm grasp of narrative and the art of storytelling is greater than ever. On a practical level, the challenge for artists hoping to succeed in this field is to ensure their images, concepts, and designs make an intellectual connection as well as an emotional one--successfully conveying ideas, concepts, and entire narratives with economy and creative flair. The key to this is a solid understanding of both the classic rules of storytelling and the contemporary methods utilized by visual creatives working across all entertainment industries. CGMA’s Storytelling & IP Development Track has been designed to give artists exactly that.
As you complete each course, you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for a course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.
Should you have any questions regarding these courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term.
Developed and taught by instructors with decades of collective experience creating content at major creative studios including DreamWorks, Disney and Marvel, our classes equip artists with the necessary tools to become better visual communicators and ultimately develop their own storytelling language. Whether focused on Concept Art, Comics, Filmmaking, Storyboarding, or Character/Environment Design, any artist looking to develop themselves and become truly competitive in their chosen field should consider strengthening their visual voice with these courses.
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As you complete each course you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for an in course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.
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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!
[This course] focused on the mental process behind creating a piece instead of just technical tricks, which made it one of the most useful classes I've ever taken in terms of working through those stubborn issues I have as an artist.
[This course] taught me how to focus in on the storytelling aspect of a piece and to always ask myself: is this effectively telling a story
Very helpful, and could motivate students whilst giving very much needed feedback to keep the learning a fun experience!
Kevin Saunders Whetstone
It helping me break my bad habits that built up over the years.
This class helped me apply so much more to my artistic knowledge and skills than I could have on my own, it offered very relative information and a new perspective that makes me look forward to learning about the subject even more than when I started.
Super helpful! I feel like a much more confident board artist now.
It helped swiftly acquiring a good set of tools to handle storyboard! Looking at the beginning of the course, the progress is quite great.
I got a lot better at thinking about action, emotion and acting in my work as well as sequential storytelling.
Made me a lot, lot faster. Got me thinking in a much better way and framing my shots a great deal better. Would recommend
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.
I learned a lot more about composition, not just how to place elements on a page but also how to use colour and lighting to direct the eye.
Miki has been an amazing instructor. He has been really helpfull with all the students and provided great feedback and advice and the lectures have been really useful and interesting.
This class was incredible. The curriculum Miki has prepared went above and beyond what I was expecting. I will be recommending this class to everyone I know!
Miki did a great job of helping my panel to panel story telling ability and I feel that my growth in this class will be instrumental to my building a storyboarding career.
I learn a lot about composition of a page and storytelling, learn new tools to make my process faster and was able to make my drawing process both better and faster.
This course was awesome.! Help me specifically to me to put storys in a comic layout. Also, gave me great directions about inking, color and light. All of it greatly explained by Mikki!
This is not only the best Comics related class I’ve taken, but also one of the Best Art classes I’ve Ever taken, period. It helped my understanding of the entire Storytelling process, and especially how to apply light and Color and how those elements enhance the Narrative.
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.
Nice guy. Clearly put a lot of work and dedication into the feedback, which he posted like clockwork.
This was a great course, I learned a lot!
Informative, knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions I had about story and the business of it.
Josh has been a great resource for learning. His experience and knowledge was obvious and he was very engaging with the class about topics and additional reading material suggestions.
Josh is very knowledgeable. He broke down story development in a way that makes it easier for me to understand what makes stories great. I really enjoyed learning under him.
Janneke van den Biggelaar
Joshua was able to create a great and most of all safe space to share ideas. It made me feel like I was taken serious, especially since I’ve been struggling with insecurity issues. His feedback was always very good and helpful.
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.
Absolutely amazing teacher!! I couldn't have asked for a better class!
I had no previous knowledge in animation and now after the course I'm able to create a short animation by myself!
As an amateur animator it's hard to pick tools you want to stick with, so seeing a professional workflow and how they use software and tools was very eye-opening.
Animation itself is always changing especially it's medium. But the fundamentals are the same, this course helped me understand what I need to improve on . It helped me feel more comfortable with toon boom Harmony . I found more joy in animating.
Chris Anka K
The course has given me the confidence to approach drawing and sketching with a critical mind. Its given me the tools to problem solve many different subject matters that my come up in drawing and design
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.
Had me work on some subjects I wouldn't normally draw.
Lanny is an amazing instructor! You can tell he really wants his students to become better artists and gives us all the tools and information to do so. This is an amazing course.
It helped me to understand a lot about design theory and design practice
It helped me with thinking and creating a clear definition of the topic i want to draw, which is a huge help in starting anything, be it a drawing or a project.
Now I feel that with these tools and knowledge I am finally able to realize the ideas I have.
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