$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.
Foundations & Design CURRICULUM
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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