Do you want to kickstart your concept art journey but don’t know where to start? Do you feel you lack strong art skills and a top notch portfolio that can make heads turn? A strong foundation in art fundamentals and a killer portfolio is essential for concept artists to get accepted into elite diploma programs such as the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program, win lucrative art contracts or land an industry job as a concept artist. Syn Studio is giving you the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s finest artists in one of the world’s top entertainment hubs at affordable prices with its Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program.
The Program and its Features
Since its inception, Syn Studio has been helping aspiring concept artists boost their core artistic skills and build a top notch portfolio through a combination of:
Full Immersion: Immersion is the best way to learn any skill. In the Syn Studio Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program you would have the opportunity to work in a comfortable studio environment all day, surrounded by passionate industry artists and rapidly progressing students.
Master Coaching : The industry is highly competitive. You’ll reach the next-level and beyond with master coaching and in-depth courses taught by top artists.
Deep Practice: Not all ways of practising lead to rapid improvement. The Full Time Intensive Training Program is specially designed to ensure that you’re practising the right things, the right way and for the right amount of time.
In addition to this, Syn Studio Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program also provides you with the flexibility of studying for 1 (10 weeks) or 2 (20 weeks) terms, with 5 courses each term.
The Syn Studio teachers currently teaching in the Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program include top concept artists from the film and video game industries such as:
Felicien Nourry (Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Rainbow Six Siege)
Christian Robert de Massy (Snow White, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Nick Oroc (Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Far Cry Primal, Child of Light)
Sean Vo (The Upcoming Avengers game by Eidos and Netflix’s Castlevania)
and many more!
Program Structure and Choice of Courses
The courses in the Syn Studio Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program are designed to strengthen your art fundamentals and push your design thinking to the next level so you can become an outstanding concept artist.
The flexible nature of the program provides you with the option of choosing your teachers and planning your own curriculum over 10 weeks (5 courses) or 20 weeks (10 courses). After you submit a portfolio, Syn Studio will direct you towards courses that fit your level and interests. You can choose the topics that you want to study from an array of drawing, painting, concept design, illustration, and other specialized courses. This ensures that you get to focus on the courses of your choice that best meet your artistic needs and goals.
The small class sizes ensure that you receive ample individual attention and one-on-one coaching from your Syn Studio instructors. This lets you build a strong personal connection with them and facilitates faster progress towards your goal of becoming a professional level concept artist.
Syn Studio regularly conducts fun and free artistic and social activities for its Full Time Students such as art jams, portfolio reviews, coaching sessions, industry presentations, figure drawing workshops, studio visits and end of term student art showcases. These events provide you with an insight into the functioning of the industry, an opportunity to sharpen your skills and build lifelong friendships and strong industry connections that will benefit you during your artistic and professional journey.
Info for International Students
Syn Studio is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada. Montreal is great student city (ranked #1 in the world in 2017 by QS best student city rankings). Furthermore, Montreal’s reputation as an entertainment hub, attracting new studios and creating new concept art jobs everyday means that you have more chances of getting noticed and securing a job in the concept art industry after studying here.
The program’s short duration (3 or 6 months) reduces visa hassles, allowing students from around the world to attend the program simply on a visitor visa. The Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program is over 50% international students. The presence of the most committed and enthusiastic aspiring concept artists from around the world leads to a creative and dynamic environment where you will make strong connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Syn Studio’s Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program alumni include successful artists such as:
Charly Chive, concept artist at Eidos Montreal who worked on Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Emmanuel Julian Madail Monzon, Character Concept Artist at WB Games Montreal, whose credits include Injustice 2: Legendary Edition.
Sarah Hamilton, concept artist / illustrator at Compulsion Games in Montreal, whose credits include We Happy Few.
Stephane Meury, concept artist at Triotech Amusement in Montreal, whose credits include Fear the Walking Dead Survival.
Nicolas Gosselin, who later completed the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program and was hired shortly after graduation at Beenox in Quebec city. His credits include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Kei Kitano, animation background artist at Studio Bihou in Japan, whose credits include Space Battleship Yamato and Puzzle & Dragons.
Samuel Couture, concept artist & illustrator at Classcraft in Montreal, whose past credits include whose past credits include Classcraft.
Stef Tastan, 2D Artist at Ludia in Montreal, whose credits include The Magicians
Alex B. O’Dowd, concept artist at WB Games Montreal, whose credits include Netflix’s Castlevania.
The Final Registration Deadline for the Spring Term is April 3, 2019.
To learn more about the program and to register yourself for the Spring, Summer or Fall 2019 terms, visit the Syn Studio website.
Please note that space in this program is limited, classes fill up very quickly and applications received first will have priority.