Summer 2019 Registration Is Open at CGMA!

Summer 2019 Registration Is Open at CGMA!

Registration is open for CGMA’s Summer 2019 term. Get aboard!

Registration is open for CGMA’s Summer 2019 term. CGMA is the leader in mentored online art education with over 100 courses taught by the industry’s leading artists. Their curriculum focuses on the most relevant industry techniques. This means artists serious about equipping themselves with the skills they need for success choose CGMA to help make that happen.

With over 10 new courses this Summer, CGMA has ears to the ground to better help students’ amp up their portfolios by providing courses that speak to industry demand. Unlike most traditional art schools, they do not encourage you to take courses that don’t speak to your specific needs. As part of their ongoing Content Management Initiative (CMI), the Summer term also offers new course material for foundation and elective courses.

What follows are the courses and programs available for 2019 Summer registration. Connect with the Admissions Department to discuss registration or portfolio review requests – either via email at or by phone 1 (800) – 959 – 0316.


This course is an introduction to the basic drawing and painting fundamentals necessary in developing a strong foundation for becoming an artist in the entertainment industry. The course will ensure students are prepared for more specific drawing, painting, and design courses by first providing a solid understanding of the essential tools and principles practiced throughout the artistic disciplines. Indispensable topics such as breaking down complex images into shape and form and the elements of composition will be covered and discussed in both a general and personalized manner. This class will also be a great choice for students completely new to 2D digital mediums, with some introductory assignments designed to prepare students to begin using tools such as Photoshop.

This class will go over what matte painting has become these days as well as what it takes to create an epic and believable matte shot of your own. We will begin with an introduction to the subject of matte painting, embracing every tiny aspect of the profession. We’ll discuss how to come up with strong ideas for a painting, focusing on what should be taken into account when designing a matte shot. We’ll cover essentials from traditional art that are crucial to artistic success; starting with black and white sketches, you’ll learn design and compositional rules as well as how to utilize lighting to tell your story in the best possible way. You’ll then go on to color studies, learning a wide range of tools and techniques, you’ll learn how to achieve photorealistic quality in the final matte painting. This course is designed to be exceptionally useful for artists of all levels to help you achieve the best results in your work.

This course will help you explore the connection between storytelling/character building, and set/environment design in film in order to create cohesive and effective visual development images. Learning the role of art direction as a visual storytelling element of filmmaking is a very important aspect of a successful production that connects with the audience. Additionally, the course will cover the production workflow and how art departments fit within the production line.

This course covers the foundation of creating an appealing, production-ready character from start to finish.

Learn how to rig character faces and bring them to life! Upon completion of this 8-week class, students will have a full understanding of how to create a functional, animator-friendly, character face rig that’s ready for a close-up on the big screen!

This course focuses on lighting, shading, and rendering in Maya and V-Ray for feature films. Students will set up a simple lighting scene and learn the differences between Direct vs Indirect Illumination, light typologies, and designations. They will learn high-level transmissive materials: refraction, caustics, sub-surface scattering and mixing materials. Students will take the skills they’ve learned and composite various elements together, reconstruct lighting and shading using Nuke, and cover good rendering strategies on a two-week Monster production project to add to their demo-reels.

This course has been designed to learn in-depth techniques for modeling, texturing and rendering a cutting edge real-time character. The class will work similarly to a live mentorship, as students approach the creation of AAA game characters for their portfolios. Students should expect to cover for head and hair, costume elements, low poly UV’s and processing required to get the asset real-time ready, and finishing with material and texture creation to set up the final model in engine with final images. Please note that this is an advanced class for students to push existing character(s) and portfolio pieces. NOTE: This is NOT an introductory course.

Nuke Compositing for 3D artists is the perfect course for anyone who works with 3D renders. This includes lighting artists and FX artists who want to composite and put the final touches on their shots and elements. This is also the perfect course for anyone who works with 2D images, whether you shoot your own footage and want to integrate other elements into your footage, or just want to put the final touches on your footage–such as grading, adding flares, and post camera moves. Not only do we cover basics of Nuke, but we will also cover many of Nuke’s powerful features such as Nuke’s 3D system and Nuke’s Particle system. By the end of the course, you will be able to start a shot and take it to the finish line with confidence.

Perspective is a class that introduces linear perspective systems, helping students to explore a variety of basic and complex laws that convey the illusion of dimensional forms in space on a two-dimensional surface. The goal is to get a working knowledge to design a space and then be able to draw various accurate views of it. Understanding that will give the artist a natural sense for perspective and be able to touch on subjects like visual narrative and point of view. By the end of the class, students should be able to intelligently position a camera or point of view of their choosing inside a designed world.

This course is all about creating robust engine agnostic rigs. We will tackle thinking in components, as well as the possibilities of scripting to improve and automate workflow. We will also focus on the ability to reverse engineer existing rigs and being able to debug/anticipate problems.

This is an introduction to storyboarding course in which you will learn techniques for visual storytelling. It will cover methods and exercises to help you generate ideas and learn tips and tricks used in storyboarding. The assignments will help you build a starter portfolio for storyboarding and equip with the basics for creating your own stories.

This intermediate-level class will focus on creating high-resolution textures and shaders with a film/cinematic approach. The texturing specifically will focus on a creature bust, pin-pointing major detail areas such as the facial skin, teeth, gums, lips, and ears. Students will also be focusing on the more difficult and intricate portions of texturing, such as skin details and man-made materials.

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    Summer 2019 Registration Is Open at CGMA!