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Introduction to Concept Art


Welcome to the exciting world of Concept Art. In this Concept Art course you will learn why concept artists play such an important role in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game Industries.Type: Online Certificate

Cost: $499 CAD (includes application fee of $125)
Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 month
Start Dates: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep.
Admission Requirements: None


Course Description

Welcome to the exciting world of Concept Art. In this Concept Art course you will learn why concept artists play such an important role in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game Industries. Their mission is to inspire, to generate ideas, to make people believe. Concept artists are at the starting point of the studio pipeline, they are planning and designing the next blockbuster movie or what could be the next best-selling game.  You'll get to know the key to being a successful Conceptual Artist and what constitutes a successful concept art portfolio. This inspiring course is part of our Concept Art department that brings out the Concept Artist in all of us.


Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).


What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.


Delivery Methods

  • Award Winning Proprietary Online Campus
  • Studio Setting (20% Theory, 80% Practice)
  • Weekly Live Sessions (Synchronous)
  • Access 24/7 to Online Campus (Asynchronous 24 hrs, 7 days a week)
  • 15:1 Student Ratio
  • 1:1 Personalized Critiques


Class Times, Assignments & Workload

  • Classes are delivered Online
  • Weekly Live Classes scheduled on your time preferences provided in your application
  • Weekly Assignments (Four assignments total)
  • Assignments Workload: 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Weekly 1 on 1 personalized critiques (4 critiques total)
  • Total hours of instruction: 7 hours
  • Total hours of assignments: 40 - 80 hours


Course Outline

The Art of Conceptualizing - What is Concept Art?
Basics of Character Design
Beyond Reality: Animals and Creatures
Worlds from your imagination: Environment and background Design

Please note that in order to pass the course, all assignments have to be successfully completed and submitted on time.


Who should attend this class?

Beginners, aspiring Concept Artists, people that like to draw, that like to create and have a wild imagination. Fans of animated movies, video games, Comics and TV.


Software needed

None. Pencil and paper will work. A computer painting software could be used. You can download GIMP for free.


System Requirements


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program the student will have a basic understanding of Concept Art. Students will have gone through the process of creating a cast of characters and the world they live in, all in their own personal art style.



Credits of this course can be used towards our Diploma Programs within six months of completion.


Academic Credential

A Vancouver Animation School Certificate is a short term duration but specialized training program.  We are a studio school (20% theory 80% hands on).  Students will graduate with a Certificate credential.



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