Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program – Applications Open for Fall 2022 Intake

Are you an aspiring concept artist looking to level up your art skills, build an industry-ready portfolio and enter the highly competitive entertainment industry? Do you wish to get affordable concept art training from industry professionals without having to spend an eternity at school?

The concept art industry is continuously evolving and there is a constant demand for high caliber industry-ready concept artists. It is highly imperative to possess strong fundamentals and be up to date with the most cutting edge techniques to become successful in this fast-paced and well-paid sector.

Syn Studio Concept Art School is the top-ranked school worldwide of 2020 (ranked by The Rookies). Syn Studio is offering you an opportunity to learn from some of the best concept artists currently working in Montreal’s entertainment industry with its affordable 18 month Concept Art Diploma Program.

Applications for the new Fall 2022 intake of this intensive program are currently open and the advanced application deadline is  Oct 27th, 2021.

Start your application process here > 


The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program is designed to help you learn the most relevant concept art techniques and pipelines used by current industry professionals, and build a top notch concept art portfolio without having to wait for 4 long years or burning a hole in your pocket.

The program’s curriculum was designed after a careful analysis of industry trends and requirements as well as consultation with top concept artists and educators such as Scott Robertson, among others. The curriculum is constantly being updated to ensure that it remains up to date with the ever evolving industry standards. 

The program’s hands-on structure, with its small class size, ensures that you will receive ample one-on-one attention from the instructors, enabling you to rapidly improve so you can become industry-ready by the end of the program. 

In addition, you will get many opportunities to network and get noticed by top companies during supplementary workshops, masterclasses, studio visits, end of term galas and other industry-related events (all included free of charge for diploma students). 

The intense 18 month Concept Art Diploma Program is divided into two halves of 9 months each. During the first half of the program, you will strengthen your fundamentals and develop high level design and illustration skills using traditional art tools, Photoshop, and 3D software. In the second half of the program, you will apply what you’ve learned to complete portfolio-building concept art assignments in addition to learning advanced digital techniques and pipelines. During this phase, you will take the role of a junior concept artist, with your teacher acting as your art director. This hands-on training provides you with critical on-the-job skills and helps you build a professional-level concept art portfolio that matches the exacting industry standards.

The instructors in the program are some of the top senior-level concept artists and art directors currently working in Montreal’s entertainment industry. In addition to being great artists, they possess decades of combined teaching experience at Syn Studio . During the course of the diploma program, these teachers will guide you through your journey of becoming an industry ready concept artist.

Some of the instructors in Syn Studio’s Concept Art Diploma Program, include:

Pierre Raveneau (Gods of Rome, Asphalt Xtreme, Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak)

Remko Troost (Far Cry 3, For Honor, Assassin’s Creed Unity)

Christian de Massy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Snow White, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Sergei Sarichev (The Boys, Vikings, American Gods)

Xin Ran Liu (Mafia Wars, Shattered Planet and Moon Hunters)

Veronique Meignaud (Far Cry 4, Child of Light, and Magic The Gathering)

Jianli Wu (NBA Elite 11, World Cup 10, FIFA 10 and Fight Night Round 4)

Sean Bigham (Warframe, Halo 4 Champions DLC bundle, Prototype 2)

Nicolas Vallet (Immortals, Ben-Hur, The Wandering Earth)

Syn Studio is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, a global entertainment hub and home to a host of well-established as well as up-and-coming entertainment companies that continually generate new concept art jobs. Furthermore, the city is vibrant, multicultural, and highly affordable, and this combined with the high value training offered by Syn Studio has resulted in a diverse and multicultural classroom with over 50% of the students being international.

As a student at Syn Studio, you will be surrounded by 19 other aspiring, like-minded artists from different backgrounds who are on the path to success. Being part of this elite group will create an exciting and enriching classroom experience and spawn lifelong friendships as you learn from each other, 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, Volta, Square Enix, Eidos, Ludia, Virtuous, Kabam, and Digital Dimension among others. You can take the first step towards joining these successful graduates and become a part of the ever-growing Syn Studio community by checking out the website here!

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 date for the Fall 2022 intake of the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program is Oct 27th, 2021

You can reserve your place for an advanced portfolio review (first come first serve) and apply for the program here.


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