Gnomon

As well as of­fer­ing one of the best ‘bricks and mor­tar’ schools, this in­sti­tu­tion is build­ing its on­line cur­ricu­lum

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Cer­tainly one of the best-known art schools, Gnomon was founded in 1997 by 3D artist Alex Al­varez and is based in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia. Gnomon’s on­line cour­ses are de­signed for artists seek­ing vis­ual ef­fects train­ing di­rect from Hol­ly­wood, with the added con­ve­nience of learn­ing from home, and they cover a wide va­ri­ety of sub­jects from 3D char­ac­ter con­cept de­sign to com­posit­ing, mod­el­ling and sculpt­ing both tra­di­tion­ally and in 3D, and pretty much any other av­enue of train­ing for the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The range of pro­fes­sion­als teach­ing at Gnomon is sim­i­larly vast, with big names in­clud­ing Pas­cal Blanche (left), cur­rently a se­nior art di­rec­tor at Ubisoft Mon­treal, Madeleine Scott-Spencer, dig­i­tal sculp­tor at Weta Dig­i­tal, and Craig El­liot, il­lus­tra­tor and vis­ual de­vel­op­ment artist for com­pa­nies such as Bliz­zard and Dark Horse.

Gnomon cour­ses are taught live through its slick in­ter­face, which fea­tures we­b­cam in­te­gra­tion and screen shar­ing. Classes last 10 weeks and tu­ition costs be­tween $945 and $1,319 (£669 and £933), de­pend­ing on the course.

It’s worth not­ing up-front that Gnomon’s on­line cour­ses are only avail­able to res­i­dents of Cal­i­for­nia and those liv­ing out­side of the United States.

With over 20 years-ex­pe­ri­ence in games, Pas­cal’s course is pop­u­lar.

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