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

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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.

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