Craft cinematic beauty.
This course is ideal for aspiring artists who want to get into nitty-gritty details of concept art production for video games, VFX and movies. If you love drawing and painting, this course will help you take your skills to the next level while learning the thinking process behind concept artwork and illustration.
Our industry-experienced tutors will prepare you for the reality of working in a Concept Art department, through theory, industry analysis, case studies (based on popular video games and movies) and a lot of practice.
By the end of the course, you’ll have created pieces of artwork to use in a portfolio to help you land the job of your dreams.
Why choose this course
Based in London - home to some of the best video games studios in the world
Industry briefs - work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio
Professional input - our advisory board of experts, from the likes of DNEG (Avengers: Endgame and Oscar-winning Dune) and MPC (The Lion King and 1917), help keep this course relevant
Successful alumni - join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios. 47 Escapees worked on Avengers: Endgame, 36 on No Time to Die and 16 on Stranger Things
Fast-track learning - studying a short course allows you to learn new skills quickly, in a fast-paced environment, so you can start applying for jobs as soon as you’ve completed the programme
Intensive training - we pack a lot into a few evening classes, and we recommend that you work outside of classes for an extra few hours per week to complete your assignments
Flexibility - study live online and in the evening to fit the course around your professional and personal life and other commitments
Strong portfolio - along with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, you'll leave with strong creative and technical skills and great pieces for your portfolio
Small class sizes - a convivial environment allows students to assist and inspire one another and benefit from personalised feedback from tutors.
Silhouettes, shape design and their meanings
Research for characters (references, style, mood)
How to design and develop a character that works for production (exploration/sketching, costume design, turnarounds, expressions sheet, pose sheet)
Painting and rendering a character
Adding textures (photo-bashing)
Basics of Photoshop
How to organise layers on Photoshop
Texture callouts for CG production
Thumb-nailing, sketching and research of ideas (references, mood, style)
Creating a location (interior and exterior) that tells a story
Isometric views, from sketch to clean-up
Adding colour (values, local colour and light)
How to build a portfolio
Portfolio review, feedback and correction
Introduction to ZBrush, user Interface, image planes and Zspheres
Blocking out characters with Zspheres
Introduction to sculpting in ZBrush
Sculpting on character to develop features
Adding hands, feet and clothing to characters
Cloth features in ZBrush
Sculpting an anatomically correct torso
Sculpting a skull or head
Posing a character
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Be over 18
Have a good understanding of written and spoken English
Feel comfortable using a computer.
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A strong internet connection
An external hard drive (minimum 2TB) to back up your work during the course
A three-button mouse (or optionally graphics tablet)
A computer microphone (and optionally a webcam)
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As part of the application process, you will need to agree to our terms and conditions for your place on the course to be secured.
We welcome and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
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We accept international students for our short courses, with no difference in course fees or administration costs.
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We offer a range of payment plan options for all courses. Following an initial deposit at registration stage, your chosen payment plan will break down your remaining fees into up to six equal instalments, to be paid over the course length.
This course will give you a distinct advantage in the field of storyboarding, you’ll get an introduction to concept art and gain experience working in a professional studio environment.
You’ll leave with an Escape Studios Certificate of Achievement, along with strong creative and technical skills and some great pieces of work for your portfolio. Ready to apply for jobs in the industry!
Our students have gone to work as both specialist and generalist artists in creative studios, across TV shows, films and commercials, at companies including Framestore, DNEG, MPC and Jellyfish Pictures. Read some of our Escapee success stories.
Check out our Careers Guide for more information about career opportunities and progression routes.
We pack a lot into each class of our evening courses, to be able to offer a learning option that is more flexible and fits in with your personal and work life. This means that contact time with your tutors will be intense learning and hands on. To make the most of this course, we recommend that you spend at least 10 hours working on your projects or practising your new skills in your own time each week.
Meet our industry-experienced tutors
They all have industry experience and are experts in their fields, including certified trainers for Unreal Engine, Autodesk and Houdini. They've worked at studios such as Walt Disney, EA and Framestore, on credits including Doctor Strange, Kingsman and Bond: Spectre.