Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program: Last Chance to Apply for Fall 2022 intake


In 2021, Syn Studio Concept Art School was ranked by The Rookies as one of the best concept art & illustration schools in the world.

Since 2016, Syn Studio has been helping students from around the globe learn the latest concept art tools and techniques from some of the top concept artists and illustrators working in the entertainment industry through its affordable 18-month Concept Art Diploma Program

This intensive program is designed to help you level up your skills, achieve artistic mastery and build an outstanding portfolio that best showcases your artistic potential so you can enter and become successful in the highly competitive concept art industry. 

The General Application Review Process for the Fall 2022 intake of the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program is currently underway and the application deadline is February 2, 2022

This is your last chance to join a world-class concept art training program and learn from some of the very best without burning a hole in your pocket. 

You can get more information about the program and kickstart your application process here >

The Diploma Program Course Curriculum

The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program was created to help you strengthen your design fundamentals, learn advanced concept art pipelines and processes, and build a top-notch concept art portfolio within a short period of 18 months. 

The program’s curriculum design 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 curriculum and course content is regularly updated to ensure that it remains up to date with the ever-evolving industry standards. 

The Concept Art Diploma Program is divided into two halves of 9 months each. During the first half of the program, you will undergo rigorous training to master your fundamentals and develop high-level design and illustration skills using traditional art tools, Photoshop, and other 3D software. During the second half of the program, you will apply these skills to concept art assignments, while learning advanced digital techniques and cutting-edge pipelines. During this phase, designed to mirror the exacting industry environment, you will take the role of a junior concept artist with your teacher acting as your art director, providing you with critical on-the-job skills and guiding you through your professional-level concept art portfolio development process. 

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 to this, Syn Studio also conducts guest lectures, masterclasses, and workshops by eminent concept artists, visits to some of the top gaming studios (during non-pandemic times), and other industry-related activities (all included free of charge for diploma students) to help you build valuable connections so you can advance quickly upon employment.

Syn Studio Top Quality Teaching Faculty

The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program teaching faculty comprises top senior concept artists and art directors currently working in Montreal’s entertainment industry. In addition to being great artists, they also possess decades of combined teaching experience at Syn Studio and other top educational institutions.

 During the course of the program, these instructors, will provide you with valuable professional and technical knowledge and guide you in your journey of becoming a top-class concept artist.  

Some of the past and current teachers in the program include concept artists and art directors such as:

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)

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’s Location

Syn Studio is located in the heart of Montreal, a vibrant, affordable, and multicultural global entertainment hub, and home to a variety of established and fast-growing gaming companies that continually generate new job opportunities. This combined with the low-cost high-value training provided in the program has attracted students from all over the world, with classrooms typically comprising over 60% international students. 

Such a global classroom consisting of the creme de la creme of aspiring concept art students from all over the world creates an exciting and enriching learning experience, with a constant exchange of ideas. In addition to this, being in a group of 20 artists from different backgrounds who are on a single-minded path to success will spawn lifelong friendships as you grow your skills and build your portfolios together.

In addition to this, international students are eligible for a post-graduate work permit upon graduation so they can work as concept artists in Canada.

How to Register?

Syn Studio’s recent diploma graduates are working as concept artists at top companies such as Ubisoft, Behaviour Interactive, WB Games, Beenox, Ludia, Square Enix, Digital Dimension, Virtuos, Kabam, Volta, Oasis Animation, Moment Factory, and WB Games, amongst others.

*Due to the success and popularity of the program, Syn Studio is expecting more applications than ever this year. Please reserve your spot for your portfolio review now before it’s too late!

**The General Application Review Deadline for the 2022 Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program is February 2nd, 2022.

Join this artistic community and start the journey of a lifetime!

Reserve your place for the General Portfolio Review here >

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