Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program – Inviting applications for 2020

Are you an aspiring concept artist who possesses decent fundamentals and wants to build a top-notch portfolio to get hired in the entertainment industry? Are you looking for a training program with top industry instructors that won’t take you four years to complete or cost you an arm and a leg? 

Syn Studio, Canada’s finest concept art school, is providing students from around the world with the opportunity to learn from the industry’s best concept artists at the most affordable prices with its Concept Art Diploma Program. Applications are now open for the 2020 intake of the intensive 18-month program and you can start your application process here

The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program was designed to help aspiring concept artists learn the skills necessary to meet the demands and become successful in the highly competitive concept art industry. Over the first 9 months of the 18-month program, students undergo rigorous training to master their fundamentals and develop high-level design and illustration skills using traditional art tools, Photoshop, and 3D software. During the second half of the program, students apply these skills to concept art assignments, while learning advanced digital techniques and cutting edge pipelines so their deliverables match the exacting standards of the industry. At this phase, the students take the role of the junior concept artists and their teachers act as their art directors, providing them with critical on-the-job skills and helping them develop a professional-level concept art portfolio. 

The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program’s involved a complete and thorough analysis of the current industry trends and requirements, a careful evaluation of similar top concept art programs from around the world as well as consultations with top educators and concept artists, most notably Scott Robertson. The comprehensive concept art training provided prepares students to be industry-ready upon graduation through its unique hands-on structure, industry-relevant courses, small class size, and high-quality teaching faculty. In addition to the relevant course content and in-class activities, Syn Studio also provides its students with ample opportunities to network with senior concept artists and art directors and get noticed by companies during supplementary workshops, masterclasses, studio visits and other industry-related events (all included free of charge for diploma students). 

The Concept Art Diploma Program’s teaching faculty comprises of senior-level concept artists and art directors from the film and video game industries who will be helping the students in their journey of becoming top concept artists. Some past and current teachers include:

  • Daniel Kvasznicza (Batman: Arkham Origins, Starcraft and Far Cry, among others)
  • Jason Tonks (Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Injustice 2, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell: Blacklist)
  • Meinert Hansen (Arrival, Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, 300, Silent Hill, Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Conviction and Myst 4: Revelation)
  • Nick Oroc (Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell (Conviction and Blacklist), Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy, Far Cry Primal and Child of Light

Additional current and past teachers include industry veterans such as Thierry Doizon, Remko Troost, Sean Vo, Veronique Meignaud, Raphael Lacoste, Brian Sum and many more.

Syn Studio is conveniently located in the global entertainment hub of Montreal – a vibrant, affordable and multicultural city, replete with established and fast growing gaming companies that continually generate new job opportunities. The high value of the training provided in this location has attracted a lot of international students. Classrooms are typically 70% international. Being in the classroom with the other aspiring concept artists from around the world will create an exciting and enriching learning experience, with constant exchange of ideas. In addition, being in a group of 20 like minded artists from different backgrounds who are on the path to success will spawn lifelong friendships as you grow your skills and build your portfolios together.

Syn Studio’s recent diploma graduates are working as concept artists at top companies such as Warner Brother Games, Ubisoft, Beenox, Square Enix, Eidos, Ludia and Digital Dimension among others. You can join these successful graduates. Find out more on the Syn Studio website!

Due to the great success of Syn Studio’s alumni as concept artists in the industry, the popularity of this program is increasing and Syn Studio is expecting more applications this year. Please reserve your spot for your portfolio review now before it’s too late!

The Advanced Application Deadline Review date for the 2020 Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program is October 31st, 2019. You can reserve your place for an advanced portfolio review (first come first serve) and apply for the program here.

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