$9K to $14K
Prices may vary on elective courses taken
Completion of the Foundation & Design Program or demonstration of good foundational drawing and digital painting skills
$36K to $120K
Based on US job data
Foundations & Design Program overview
Understand the importance of Storytelling & IP
Storytelling lies at the heart of everything for artists working in the entertainment industry. This is an arena where every picture really does tell a story, and where the image is both a means of communication and a form of expression. Now, thanks to the billions being invested in the creation of original content by the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, the demand for artists with a firm grasp of narrative and the art of storytelling is greater than ever. On a practical level, the challenge for artists hoping to succeed in this field is to ensure their images, concepts, and designs make an intellectual connection as well as an emotional one--successfully conveying ideas, concepts, and entire narratives with economy and creative flair. The key to this is a solid understanding of both the classic rules of storytelling and the contemporary methods utilized by visual creatives working across all entertainment industries. CGMA’s Storytelling & IP Development Program has been designed to give artists exactly that.
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. Should you wish to complete the program at an accelerated rate please contact email@example.com. 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.
Developed and taught by instructors with decades of collective experience creating content at major creative studios including DreamWorks, Disney and Marvel, our classes equip artists with the necessary tools to become better visual communicators and ultimately develop their own storytelling language. Whether focused on Concept Art, Comics, Filmmaking, Storyboarding, or Character/Environment Design, any artist looking to develop, challenges themselves, and become truly competitive in their chosen field should consider strengthening their visual voice with this program.
Cinematic & Animation Illustration
Comics & Graphic Novels
Foundations & Design CURRICULUM
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The following requirements are only mandatory for students enrolling in the 2020 Spring Term and beyond. For all students who enrolled prior to the 2020 Spring term, they have the choice of continuing with the previous format or take advantage of our updated/optimized version.
In order to qualify for a program certificate of completion, students must enroll in 12 courses and complete at least 10. This can be a combination of the program's block courses, and up to 3 electives.
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I had a phenomenal time in this class, and I'm so sad it's ending. The instructor is funny, personable, knowledgeable, and is always responsive an attentive in and outside of the classroom. He puts a lot of effort and care into critiques and genuinely cares about the improvement of his students. I can't express enough what a positive experience this was!
This has been a fantastic experience! Mitchell has been an incredible teacher. He takes the time to give each student detailed feedback. He is easily available if we have any questions or are struggling with an assignment. His lectures were extremely helpful and I learned so much. I am so grateful for this experience and would love to take more classes in the future!
The classes were really full of knowledge, and I learned a lot!
Miguel is amazing, both as an artist and a compassionate instructor. Thank you so much for your insight and support!
Very helpful, and could motivate students whilst giving very much needed feedback to keep the learning a fun experience!
Eugene was a really good teacher. He always took time to answer questions and give good and clear feedbacks. Also he didn't have the same level of expectation the first weeks as the last weeks. Which was really awesome and helping!
Eugene is amazing!! I really loved listening to him
Mauricio was awesome! He really engaged with us and answered every question that was asked - pretty amazing!
Really good mentorship and instruction from Mauricio.
The instructor is clearly passionate about his profession and he demonstrated his enthusiasm throughout the assignments. He always managed to bring out the best points in any of the students' work, improving them but preserving the student's initial idea.
Miki has been an amazing instructor. He has been really helpfull with all the students and provided great feedback and advice and the lectures have been really useful and interesting.
This class was incredible. The curriculum Miki has prepared went above and beyond what I was expecting. I will be recommending this class to everyone I know!
He went above and beyond. I cannot recommend him enough! Great teacher with a fantastic work ethic.
He is truly an exceptional teacher, and was very adept at providing inspiring feedback and further direction, as well as answering any questions. This is a very well-structured, thorough course that provided even more than I was looking for.
Nice guy. Clearly put a lot of work and dedication into the feedback, which he posted like clockwork.
This was a great course, I learned a lot!
Informative, knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions I had about story and the business of it.
Josh has been a great resource for learning. His experience and knowledge was obvious and he was very engaging with the class about topics and additional reading material suggestions.
Josh is very knowledgeable. He broke down story development in a way that makes it easier for me to understand what makes stories great. I really enjoyed learning under him.
Janneke van den Biggelaar
Joshua was able to create a great and most of all safe space to share ideas. It made me feel like I was taken serious, especially since I’ve been struggling with insecurity issues. His feedback was always very good and helpful.
Ricardo is very knowledgeable and a great artist. He inspires to grow and learn new techniques and addresses issues artists face (Perfection vs. Efficiency)in the industry which is very important.
Ricardo is an amazing teacher and I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested on breaking into the movie industry. I enjoyed it a lot!
Jane S. Kim
Ricardo is one of the few rare brilliant professional instructors who has such an excellent eye and gives so much to you. His critiques are always on point and he is also tremendously kind and so humble.
Brent is very encouraging and committed to his students. One of the best instructors I've had at CGMA.
Brent used his own experiences and industry know how to help us further our craft. All his critiques were thorough and on time. I only wish I had taken the course at a less busy time in my own life so I could spend more time on my assignments.
Absolutely amazing teacher!! I couldn't have asked for a better class!
Brent is a great instructor. His feedback was always great and well-thought out.
Brent was great, went above and beyond to teach us about the industry. He has a great ease at motivating and communicating with his students.
Brent is the best, his knowledge in modern 2D Flash Animation is up-to-date to the industry standard. Brent's techniques and tips are the most valuable of the course. They are valid even to artists who are already working in the industry.
I had no previous knowledge in animation and now after the course I'm able to create a short animation by myself!
It was a lot of fun. The live sessions were the most useful part to me in the course and I always looked forward to them.
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