Programs

CGMA built 4 design programs to help artists further their skills. If you decide not to participate in a program, you can still customize your education and only take classes which better suit your artistic goals. In both cases, the method of payment is still the same: you pay per class at the time of registration.

  • Foundation & Design Program
    Foundation & Design Program
  • Character Design Program
    Character Design Program
  • Environment Design Program
    Environment Design Program
  • Storytelling & IP Development Program
    Storytelling & IP Development Program

Foundation & Design Program

To establish and maintain a career in Entertainment Design, an artist first needs to have a solid understanding of the field's core principles, tools, and techniques. CGMA's Foundation & Design certificate Program was created with this understanding at heart. It combines over ten distinct disciplines into a single comprehensive learning experience. After completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion for the entire program along with individual certificates for each class.

In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll and take at least ten courses in a program. This can be some combination of a programs standard block courses, elective and/or studio courses. Additionally, students must earn a certificate of completion for at least eight of the courses taken. In some circumstances- and at CGMA's discretion -certain courses can be swapped out with courses from another program in order to meet the minimum requirements for a program certificate of completion.



Character Design Program

The Character Design Program is a certificate granting curriculum designed to prepare students for the highly technical world of character design. Admittance into the program requires either successful completion of the Foundation & Design Program, or submission of a portfolio demonstrating sufficient proficiency in foundational drawing techniques and a working knowledge of human and animal anatomy. After completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion for the entire program along with individual certificates for each class.

In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll and take at least ten courses in a program. This can be some combination of a programs standard block courses, elective and/or studio courses. Additionally, students must earn a certificate of completion for at least eight of the courses taken. In some circumstances- and at CGMA's discretion -certain courses can be swapped out with courses from another program in order to meet the minimum requirements for a program certificate of completion.

Environment Design Program

The Environment Design Program is a certificate granting curriculum designed to prepare students for the world of environment design. Admittance into the program requires either successful completion of the Foundation & Design Program, or submission of a portfolio demonstrating sufficient proficiency in foundation drawing concepts and techniques. After completing the program, you will receive a certificate of completion for the entire program along with individual certificates for each class.

In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll and take at least ten courses in a program. This can be some combination of a programs standard block courses, elective and/or studio courses. Additionally, students must earn a certificate of completion for at least eight of the courses taken. In some circumstances- and at CGMA's discretion -certain courses can be swapped out with courses from another program in order to meet the minimum requirements for a program certificate of completion.

Storytelling & IP Development Program

Storytelling is at the heart of everything an artist does in the entertainment industry. Everyone has ideas; but how to take that idea/sketch/napkin drawing and build it into a story with relatable characters and a solid structure is what CGMA’s Storytelling and IP Development Program is about. Using timeless but simple techniques inspired by everything from ancient myths to contemporary film, books, comics and animation, this program is designed to equip artists to better communicate and tell stories with their work--whether it is a single painting, a storyboard, a children’s book, a comic or graphic novel, or an animated film. Students coming into this program must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in foundational drawing and digital painting techniques.

* CGMA reserves the right of substituting classes with others of similar content within the programs at any time.