$7K to $10.2K
Prices may vary on elective courses taken
Basic understanding of 3D modeling and texturing
$63K to $123K
Based on US job data
Foundations & Design Program overview
Understand the role of an Environment Artist in Games
The environment artist’s role is that of world builder. The mission is nothing less than to craft the spaces that will create a sense of immersion, help tell a story, and work hand-in-glove with level design and gameplay. Environment artists work at the vanguard of game development, typically collaborating closely with level designers to visualize, build, and refine the 3D content that helps define aesthetic as well as gameplay flow. In addition to providing students with an inroad to the games industry, this program also acts as an ideal primer for artists looking at more specialized hard surface modeling or digital matte painter roles in the film and animation industries. 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.
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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.
Dylan was a great instructor! He was harsh with the feedback and did not hold back, which I respect. There is no point in taking a course like this to just have somebody tell you, "Good job, you're the best!" Dylan was realistic with his expectations and continually makes you push yourself.
My instructor was nothing short of awesome. He answered everything in great detail and helped me and my other classmates with anything we needed in a timely, detailed, and polite manner.
He was adamant on the basics: how crucial it is to know the software and understand how things work and should work in a production setting, before they are translated into the game. From concept, to modeling, to UVs and textures, all of it. If you don't understand the basics, all the scripts or additional programs in the world won't help you. I'll keep this advice as a creed in my future endeavors.
Ethan's style of teaching is phenomenal. I had a few doubts as to how I should proceed with my future projects, and Ethan's workflow gives me clarity and confidence on how to approach them.
All I can say is that Ethan was an awesome instructor, I feel like I learned a lot, and I very much enjoyed the lessons.
Jay was a very pleasant and informative instructor. I would recommend his class to anyone interested in Hard Surface modeling.
Very good, strong learning skill, very helpful all the time.
His extended effort to show additional examples and methods both in the forums in the week days, and in the Q&A's deserves an applause! Describes and explains everything very well, and is easily understandable.
Great teacher and awesome professional. Could end up learning a lot more than on my 2 year degree.
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!
I really like Clinton's style of teaching. He explains any topic in a way that's very accessible and detailed. I would love to have gone through another course with such a great teacher.
Clinton was a great instructor providing excellent feedback great tips and techniques. He also provided extra material relating to each week's theme or area. This adds more value to course, providing tutorials and documents to continue study.
Clinton is amazing; I would absolutely take another class with him in a second. Very personable and active in the forums, great with specific feedback examples, and he clearly knows his technical stuff.
He was great. Love that he found documentations on each subject that we were learning to help us further our education.
He was really clear during the lectures and has incredible patience. Never received late a feedback or email. Definitely an incredible teacher and artist!
Clinton is a very good teacher. He explains things well and is easy to understand. He went above and beyond the class material and explained other things too, and answered our questions about the industry.
Virendra Pratap Singh
This course was an amazing experience. Clinton is simply outstanding both in his knowledge and the way he teaches.
He was great and had a lot of experience to pull from. He was able to helpfully bring up scenarios and situations that he'd been through.
Joshua Max Pears
Patrick has been a fantastic tutor, I have enjoyed his feedback and he delivers the feedback in such a great way. Even if it was not the best work you have done, he delievers feedback in a great encouraging tone. He has a great eye for detail and easy to reach and help out.
Omar is a superb artist and teacher. His lectures and feedback were easy to follow and helped to highlight areas of weakness in a submission. Omar showed us multiple ways to tackle lighting in different environments, the maths behind it, and tools to achieve results. It is a great course for anyone who wants to find their feet in the area but also pushes them to try new workflows and experiment.
Omar is a super nice guy and a brilliant teacher. I enjoyed our interactions across the course and in general I learnt a lot.
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!
Excellent instructor. It was great to have someone like Anthony sharing his knowledge with us.
Ben is very focused on the student—he gives long and outstanding homework feedbacks.
Ben was great, I really enjoyed his instruction and he really knows Substance Designer and Painter and can relate his knowledge well.
Malin Runsten Fredriksson
Really happy to have Ben as an instructor! His videos and feedback are simple and clear, and I never felt that I was completely lost when taking the course. He also really went out of his way to answer all kinds of questions, especially in the Q&A. I took this course to learn the tools and mindset of Substance, and I believe I achieved this goal with this course.
I really appreciated the frequency of feedback Ben was able to give. It really helped me improve rapidly week-to-week.
Ben was absolutely fantastic to learn from. I felt pretty intimidated trying to learn game art from a pro but he was very open and nice. He made it easy to ask questions and gave thorough answers.
Ben did a great job of breaking it down in a clear and concise manner with no fluff—just the theories and professional practices to use and get great results. So thanks again for all the effort he put in and the speedy reviews and feedback.
I appreciated Ben’s attention to detail during this course. His openness made it easy to ask questions, and his willingness to explain even small things made it feel like he cared about my personal growth.
Kurt is an amazing instructor. It was obvious to me that he is very dedicated to helping students improve. His feedback was invaluable to me.
Great job explaining.
At the start, I expected minimal feedback, but he went above and beyond to show me how certain things work in the work environment.
The teacher was attentive and showed full capacity with the tools and pipeline. He was always happy and willing to share materials beyond the course.
Peyton was an excellent instructor. Always gave good feedback and tried to help promote creative thinking and problem solving.
I liked how he showed interest in a students work. I watched other peoples critiques he gave and showed the same amount of interest.
Peyton was great, clear and concise with his comments.
I really enjoyed this class and gained a lot of new skillsets from it. He has a natural talent in not only his craft, but in delivering it in a digestible manner in class. I highly recommend this class!
Jeremy was awesome!
Jeremy was one of the best instructors I've had for game design. He was always helpful, always kind, and was a wealth of information for both newcomers and experienced artists.
Jeremy is an awesome instructor! I'm so happy I took this class and I'm happy with what I've learned.
He's a very encouraging and caring dude. I felt like he really enjoyed teaching the class which goes a long way.
Jeremy was an excellent teacher. He went in depth with the course material and explained any questions we might have.
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