$4K to $8K
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Foundation & Design Program or a suitable portfolio submission
$53K to $114K
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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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I like how Armand tailored his approach to each student specifically to push them as designers. It wasn't a cookie cutter method; he valued each artist based on their interest and guided them through each week as time progressed. He's a once-in-a-lifetime mentor that truly cares about the artist and their craft.
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.
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.
He is a great instructor, I learned a lot from him and I can tell that he is passionate about art and teaching.
One of the best courses I've ever taken!
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!
Janna Sophia Koppenwallner
Thank you for the great class!
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!
Chang Wei Chen
Best course I've taken so far.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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