CG Master Academy
Aiming squarely for the world of 2D and 3D concept art, Computer Graphics Master Academy has grown its brand over the past few years
C GMA, or Computer Graphics Master Academy to give it its full name, is unique in the online art school space in that it offers three comprehensive curriculums, which operate in a similar manner to a more traditional art school, with a heavy emphasis on structured learning.
The three programmes available are Foundation and Design, Character Design and Environment Design, and each begins with foundational training before taking the student through every necessary step to become adept in that particular field. This is achieved by undertaking a series of individual masterclasses presented in a set order, which are taught by an impressive range of industry professionals including production designer Nate Wragg, senior concept artist Aaron Limonick and head of story Steven MacLeod. Students are presented with a certificate upon completion of their chosen program, along with individual certificates for each class attended.
Each of these masterclasses can operate as its own entity should the student be unable undertake the full programme or wish to take on additional work. They cover topics including analytical figure drawing, Perspective, character design for film and games, building a personal brand, fundamentals of design, animal drawing, and many other areas of skills that are crucial for developing a successful career in the entertainment industries. Classes last 10 weeks and are priced at $699/£495.
Sona Sargsyan is one of the many instructors who teaches concept art at CGMA.
The LA-based school offers great classes in environment art.