2D Character Design Track

For artists focused on a career in designing characters for film, games, and other entertainment industries

Courses start on April 16th, 2022


Understand the role of a Character Designer in a Production

H.R. Giger, Phil Tippett, Ray Harryhausen, Stan Winston, Patrick Tatopoulos–all are rightly regarded as legends in the entertainment industry. Their visions have helped define popular culture, inspiring thousands of creative minds, and entertaining millions worldwide. It’s clearly no overstatement to say that character design and creature design are some of the most exciting, creative, and celebrated artistic disciplines. Gaining entry into this field isn’t always easy: this is where our Character Design classes come in. Designed for those already versed in the fundamentals of drawing and design, this track carefully builds on those core skills to give students head-to-toe training in the art of human and creature character design for the video game and other entertainment industries. Students will be ideally placed to make the leap to a character design/concept art position at a film, animation, games, or print-based studio. It’s recommended to have some foundation skills in drawing character/animal anatomy before starting these courses.

As you complete each course you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for a course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.

Should you have any questions regarding these courses please contact registration@cgmasteracademy.com. Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term.


Get a better sense of our courses.

October 1st - December
22nd 2021
January 22nd- April
15th 2022
April 16th - July
8th 2022
July 9th - September
30th 2022

As you complete each course you will receive a certificate of completion for that course. In order to qualify for an in course certificate of completion, students must complete at least 80% of the class assignment during the duration of the course.  

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Learn from award-winning artists who've worked at top studios around the world

  • Sandra Schwartz

    Stefan is an amazing teacher! …He have a lot of patience for his students, and is happy to share from his experience in the industry.

  • Alexandra Baker

    Mr. Nacorda was so understanding when I explained that I have autism and need things explained directly. He adjusted his feedback for the videos and helped me to understand more.

  • Ulina Small

    He is a very personable guy—his spirit makes learning this content fun. He is good at not only finding the students faults, but also remembering to point out the things the student has done well.

  • Zahra Hasan

    Christian Nacorda is the best instructor I’ve ever met. He teaches his students with passion and he truly transfers this passion to students through his lectures. He is such a good supporter of amateurs. I was always afraid of drawing Anatomy but Christian made it so easy to learn. I am very pleased to had this opportunity to be his student.

  • Amy Chen

    He has a great personality that shines through in the lectures. His lectures are always funny, interesting, and informative. I enjoyed watching all of the videos and participating in the live Q&As.

  • Jonah Warnock

    Really good at explaining difficult concepts and was really nice to everyone.

  • Seven Jones

    Nate Wragg is easily one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. He seems like a truly caring human being and a top level instructor. I would give him a 20 on a scale of 1-10.

  • John Steventon

    Nate Wragg continues to impress me with his knowledge of the material, and the skills he displayed in demos and in the Q&As! He really knows his stuff, and the fact that he is willing to share that knowledge with us is really great. He is also open and honest about the industry, and what we will face when we get there. Honestly, I feel honored to have studied with him, and hope to work with him in the future.

  • Lauren Chaikin

    I genuinely feel like my skills are becoming competitive for the animation design job market thanks to Nate!

  • Melis Malatani

    Great instructor. An online course can sometimes be very detached from the real experience of a classroom, however Nate really engaged us as students through his lectures and fast & useful critiques, which made the whole experience more effective and real.

  • Kate Dmitrieva

    Nate is a great instructor with very professional approach. Many thanks for his thorough feedbacks and always being there to help.

  • Mary Highstreet

    Fantastic class! Nate is a great teacher and an incredible resource, I’m so thankful for his dedication to teaching!!

  • Bukela Campbell

    He is a perfect mentor and I really enjoyed the learning path with Nate Wragg. I learned so much and he is really motivating.

  • Paulina Ryguer

    Ron Lemen is an excellent teacher—very communicative and invested in his students’ improvement. Ron’s Q&A sessions were always informative and enjoyable. He encouraged discussions and answered students’ questions in-depth.

  • Makoto Yuan

    Ron definitely showed that he cares about student progress and gave some amazing advice about anatomy drawing, and also about growth as an artist in general.

  • Rodrigo Gay

    I truly was impressed by his skill. He dragged us from simplicity to complexity using a very simple method. I really liked the class. BRAVO!

  • Antonio Díaz

    I have been trying to learn anatomy by myself for some time now, and I feel that this course has helped me to finally grasp a lot about anatomy! Everything finally made sense!

  • Mei-li Liezl Buenaventura

    Really impressed with Ron and happy I took the class with him. I am definitely a better artist now than I was six weeks ago, and as someone who already has a BFA (and has taken many many figure drawing classes in the past), I was really happy that Ron was teaching such a technical way of approaching the subject matter. In our first lesson he mentioned gesture drawing and how frustrating he found it to be as it did not yield a usable mannequin, and as someone who learned the “old way”, I can definitely agree. Really, really useful class, taught by a great artist!

  • John Waggoner

    A great teacher, Ron was able to be stern in his critiques while never seeming hostile or combative. I always felt that my improvement was his first priority.

  • Nikhil Arora

    Ron is a tremendous source of information. He really knows his stuff, and he gives good critiques. Also special commendation for getting all the feedback videos in before the Q&As.

  • Massiel Valenzuela-Castaneda

    Ron was great! His examples are easy to understand and he’s probably the best art instructor I have ever had!

  • Nick Fernandez

    Ron’s knowledge on anatomy is exponential, and I felt like I could ask him anything regarding how to draw the figure.

  • Emma Baumann

    Phil was an absolutely phenomenal teacher. He was very engaging in our Q&A sessions, and really went the extra mile to help us. I got a lot of valuable feedback from him, and would love to learn more from him in the future.

  • Natalie Sega

    Absolutely fantastic. Phil always spent enough time talking to everyone about their work and teaching a few new techniques. Also always very positive and encouraging.

  • Lance Dobersek

    Phil really went above and beyond to give everyone an equal footing while helping us all along no matter the skill level.

  • Daina Valiulis

    Phil was awesome!! He was so positive and encouraging. He spoke to us like we are his peers and got excited about everyone’s work.

  • Ibrahim Khan

    Very positive and can see the potential of a concept in an initial drawing.

  • Angie Ngie

    She’s not afraid to repeat the same feedback where necessary, I appreciate her patience.

  • Jeremy Precel

    Mélanie was amazing! this was my first CGMA class and it has definitely got my so pumped up to take more classes.

  • Cathia Nofziger

    Melanie is amazing and I learned so much from her. I am so grateful for all the time she spent coaching me and helping me improve. Wonderful teacher!

  • Anne Goodman

    I think Melanie is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. I appreciate both her thoroughness and attention to detail!

  • Ariel Tang

    Melanie was a great instructor and cared very much for helping students learn.

  • Nicole Slater

    She was very kind and pushed the idea of imperfection is perfection, and I loved it. It was exactly what I needed to step forward and become a better artist. Somebody that everybody should learn from.

  • Alessandra Divizia

    Amazingly talented artist, and very kind and thoughtful teacher.

  • Agnes Buronyi

    Melanie is a very nice and helpful person—she actively participated on the forum, answered every question, and her feedbacks were great. She really cared about her students and helped us to improve.

  • Ilona Winkler

    Mélanie is by far the best instructor I’ve had at CGMA so far. She is an amazing artist and shares her knowledge! And she also gives helpful feedback, like really telling you what does not work in your drawing and why.

  • Sheryl Soong

    My favorite CGMA teacher so far, and I’ve taken like half a dozen classes! I really appreciate how she was around on the site too to answer questions about WIPs.

  • Josiah Moore

    Chris was great! I would take another class hosted by him any time.

  • Nora Garcia

    Chris Brock has been an outstanding teacher, providing great feedback and always answering emails or forum threads with helpful information.

  • Jess Robertson

    Chris is absolutely amazing. The course was tough but he made it easily understandable and where I can improve each week. He helped me fall in love with painting and I can’t thank him enough for that.

  • Salomey Doku

    Chris was a great instructor!

  • Rosemary Chalmers

    Bobby was very thorough and constructive with his feedback. He was also very encouraging.

  • Laurie M. Satizabal

    Bobby was a terrific professor, I will definitely take his class again!

  • Noora Makinen

    Critique was always on time. He explained things very clearly and made me see errors in my works that I wouldn’t have been able to spot on my own. He was always nice and encouraging with the feedback, even if there was some flaws and stuff to be fixed.

  • Hilary Lile Hazel

    Scott gives great critiques and went over more technical perspective issues case-by-case in the assignments and Q&As.

  • Cody Rose

    Very knowledgeable about the content taught within the class. Great at clearly conveying ideas and concepts to the students.

  • Camilo Espitia

    Scott is a great teacher, he shows that he really cares about his students. It’s been an honor to get weekly reviews from such a talented person.

  • Camille Tugade

    He goes above and beyond for the convenience of his students, and he truly cares about their development during the term.

  • Mika Tanagi

    Really nice guy. His critique videos were always double the length of the videos in my other CGMA classes because he goes for quite a while on certain aspects of my assignment and the perspective, which is what I wanted to hear. It was awesome getting feedback from him!

  • Pam Miller

    Miguel is amazing, both as an artist and a compassionate instructor. Thank you so much for your insight and support!

  • Lucas Örström

    Very helpful, and could motivate students whilst giving very much needed feedback to keep the learning a fun experience!

  • Anna Berentsen

    Miguel did an absolutely fantastic job. Very intelligent and well spoken. A lot of artists have incredible skills but aren’t able to articulate themselves in a way that makes them good teachers- but Miguel was great at both.

  • Anna Orlova

    This course is highly conceptual and very well structured. It’s not an easy material but it is explained very clearly. Also, I loved the artistic freedom we had in our assignments, it’s super inspiring!

  • Lucia Chuang

    Miguel is an amazing teacher, with a lot of knowledge, very professional and helpful.

  • Frank J Montes

    David really cares about character design and it shows in his interactions with students. His feedback and Q&A sessions are always insightful and motivating. David is super approachable and open, he’s never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. Truly a great teacher.

  • Amanda Zima

    David was a joy to learn from! I really appreciated that he was so open to taking late assignments. Being a working professional, it can be hard to hit the assignment deadlines on time, and David was always willing to take my late submissions and still deliver feedback.

  • Asia Miller

    This has definitely been the most educational and productive character design class I’ve ever taken

  • Ivy Jordan

    Bill was a really great mentor with a lot of experience at his disposal. Watching him draw was really incredible too. Seeing the way another artist works and how they choose to tackle a design is seriously so helpful.

  • Ellie Crane

    He’s been very informative and was accommodating. Easy to follow, solid feedback and lectures made me think outside of the box.

  • Brendan Loscar

    He was always very encouraging but also offered great draw-overs showing potential for growth.

  • Rosana Iarusso

    I was very happy how my work came out with the guidance I received! He was so helpful and was kind enough to put in his time to giving amazing and caring feedback. His enthusiasm in his feedbacks helped be feel like I could accomplish anything!

  • Amber Kenneson

    Sang Jun Lee is an excellent instructor and mentor! He provided individual attention to each one of us according to what we needed–not only in our class assignments, but in our portfolios and overall body of work. He challenged each of us to push out of our comfort zones and take our work to the next level–and it was amazing!

  • Yaara Maimon

    She was excellent! Yes, I had no previous knowledge in animation and now after the course I’m able to create a short animation by myself!

  • Guido Lenzi

    Just a great guy, he really pushed me forward.

  • Jonathan Valdez

    I cannot say enough about Patrick’s ability to communicate his process. Patrick was extremely helpful to everyone during the Q&A and took his time with every single critique. I consider Patrick one if not the best teacher I had the pleasure of studying under. He is a true master of anatomy and I cannot recommend his class enough. I hope to one day have the opportunity to study under him again.

  • Nancy Vw

    One of the best instructors I have ever had. My artwork improved considerably during this course, as did my understanding of the figure. The instructor is extremely sincere, and encouraging while having high expectations for excellence. I wish that he were teaching more courses. I would take them all.

  • Sean Guzman

    Great job, especially considering it was the first class Patrick taught on the CGMA platform.

  • Marcellino Tan

    All of the instructors should be like him!

  • Joshua Moya

    Patrick has opened the world of traditional art to me. And I am forever great full. His passion for his work resonates clearly in his lectures and QA sessions. He really makes it feel like a world I want to be part of. I will continue to work in charcoal and sanguine long after this class. Thank you Patrick.

  • Liberty Johse

    I learned so much in this class. Patrick is a fantastic teacher, artist, and person. He truly cares about art and the well-being of his students, like a drawing art-dad!

  • Allen Fatimaharan

    Great instructor! Felt I learnt a lot within a month. I could see the improvement in my work and the methods that I use.

  • Hollie Mengert

    Carlos is a wonderful mentor! Not only because of his experience and skill level, but also because he’s very personable and approachable.

  • Adam Waters

    Carlos helped everyone step out their comfort zone and approach new concepts which will have a long lasting effect! A brilliant mentor.

  • Dennis Scarry

    I like how no matter the level of experience each student has the instructor always gave constructive criticism. They never tore anyone down.

  • Alida Kerimova

    What I liked about Peter is that he always gives constructive feedback, pointing out mistakes in a way that encourages further improvement. He inspired me to continue working on my drawing skills.

  • Tommi Kinturi

    Peter Han is an excellent teacher with a genuine interest in student development.

  • Didan Bay

    Great teacher, instructor. Not only that, also a good mentor. Very approachable. Very easy to digest every time he gives information. Very welcoming and encouraging a very high spirit of learning. Very passionate in what he’s doing, therefore spreading the passion also to students.

  • Kate Springfield

    The way that Peter adapts to the needs of each student and manages the time spent on various subjects according to needs and not just a fixed plan is just incredible. He also shares so much about his own methodology and experiences that we gain so much invaluable insight. Not only have I ‘learnt’ new things, but have ‘unlearnt’ my bad habits that were holding me back.

  • Scott Allen

    Outstanding. I was always aware of the principles and ideas I was supposed to exercise while working on the assignments, the explanations were clear and concise, and there was an incredible amount of fast, effective communication. There were no gray areas or vague, open-ended goals or standards. These are rare qualities in my art education experience to date.

  • Jeff Larkin

    Sergio did a great job in covering a lot of bases with the software, and sharing tips specific to our needs as 2D artists, and his availabilty to answer questions was excellent.

  • Juan Pablo Roldan

    Really great course, all I was looking for, Sergio is a great instructor!

  • Saem Hasnain

    One of the best! Was very patient and helpful. Went above and beyond when we needed answers for specific problems.

  • Jeff Larkin

    Sergio spent a lot of time with us and did a great job, thankful to study with him.

  • Christopher Bradley

    Sergio is great! He is generous with his time and knowledge. He is always positive and happy to help.

  • Hasnain Jhfug Saem

    One of the best! Was very patient and helpful. Went above and beyond when we needed answers for specific problems.

  • Takahiro Goto

    [Maarten is] honest, encouraging, and just as excited about the subject as we are. The class often feels empowering as a result.

  • Anik Sikder

    Maarten is absolutely awesome as a teacher…. Always so accurate with his feedbacks and humorous in his class.

  • Sarah Yang

    Axel was great! His feedback was thorough, thoughtful, and encouraging. He was very knowledgeable and his passion for illustration was contagious. I would take another course with him in a heartbeat!

  • Sandra Schwartz

    In the feedback he always would paint over and explain the strengths in my work, and were I need to work more. At the QA he use to bring more examples for better understand the subject of the week.

  • Barbara Hvidt

    He has such an unfathomable enthusiasm for anatomy and for passing on his knowledge.

  • Cody Rose

    Very well versed in human anatomy, and the art of teaching and conveying clearly multiple ideas and / or concepts to other people. Also, very interested in making sure their students understand clearly the knowledge they make so much effort to offer.

  • Khadeeja Jamaal

    The best teacher I have ever had. The effort he puts is inspiring. I feel like he really has made a massive difference to my learning. I understand so much more. so good!

  • Daria Gonzalez

    Mr Rey is a great instructor — thoughtful, passionate about his craft, caring about his students and extremely knowledgeable.

  • Laurel Van Patten

    Mr. Rey was great!