Syn Studio, Canada’s top concept art school, is providing aspiring concept artists with the opportunity to start their artist journey in 2018 with its intense 18 month Concept Art Diploma Program. The General Application Review process for the Fall 2018 intake is currently underway and the application deadline is February 7, 2018. You can start your application for this elite program here.
The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program’s cutting edge curriculum was created after an extensive process that involved analysing the current industry trends and requirements, researching similar top concept art programs and consultations with top educators and concept artists such as Scott Robertson. The elite program is ideally suited for students who already possess solid foundation skills and can dedicate 100% of their time to following intensive concept art training from top industry artists in the entertainment hub of Montreal.
The program is divided into two halves of 9 months each. During the first half of the program, the students get the knack of the concept art industry through courses designed to strengthen their fundamentals and deepen high level design and illustration skills. The second half of the program, devised to resemble the workplace reality of the teachers, involves students taking the role of Junior Concept Artists and working on assignments and projects with strict deadlines. The teachers, who work as senior concept artists and art directors in some of the biggest AAA video games and movies currently being produced, act as their Art Directors during this phase. They evaluate the students’ assignments and deliverables in addition to teaching them critical on-the-job skills that are not taught in similar programs around the world. The classes, concept art pipelines and techniques taught over the 18 months are designed to make the students industry-ready upon graduation. In addition to this, industry visits to some of the top gaming studios as well as guest lectures, masterclasses and workshops by eminent concept artists enable the students get familiarized with the concept art industry so they can advance quickly upon employment.
The teachers in the program work as senior concept artists and art directors in some of the biggest video games and movies currently being produced. During the 18 month period, these teachers guide the students and help them become high quality concept artists and build a kickass portfolio.
Some of the teachers in the program include:
Nick Oroc (Senior Concept Artist, Ubisoft) – Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Child of Light, Rainbow Six: Siege and Far Cry Primal
Jeong H. Shin (Senior Concept Artist, Ubisoft) – Far Cry 3 and 4, For Honor, Watch Dogs. Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
Thierry Doizon (Art Director) – Lara Croft GO, Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, Deus Ex: Human Revolutions, Tron-Legacy
Christian de Massy (Illustrator and Concept Artist) – X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Night at the Museum, Snow White, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Grant Hillier (Senior Concept Artist, Bethesda Game Studios) – Age of Decadence, F.E.A.R 3, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Delilah & Julius (TV Show)
The elite program comprises of 20 of the finest aspiring concept artists from around the world who are selected after a rigorous process. Over the course of 18 months, these students work together, sharing their knowledge and passion as they strive towards achieving artistic mastery. The small class size facilitates maximum teacher student interaction and coaching from the top professionals when compared with the much larger class sizes of similar elite programs worldwide, thereby creating an enhanced and fulfilling classroom experience.
Throughout the program, the students get to forge valuable connections with alumni, artists, and other members of the Montreal’s art community through workshops, masterclasses and other extracurricular activities. The city of Montreal is a world entertainment hub and home to many top video games and filming and animation companies. Being in such a vibrant city filled with opportunities and being able to build these connections helps the students become quality concept artists besides aiding them during their job search. After graduation, international students are eligible for a post-graduate work permit allowing them to work as concept artists in Canada.
Applications are now invited for the General Portfolio Review for the Fall 2018 intake – the deadline is February 7, 2018.
You can reserve you spot for the General Portfolio Review today and take the first step towards becoming a top notch concept artist!