2D Environment Design Track

Build your world-design expertise from the ground up with these courses for environment-focused entertainment design roles

Courses start on April 16th, 2022


Learn the roles of an Environment Designer

There are few roles quite as liberating as that of the environment designer. This is a discipline where artists have the freedom to conjure up their own visions for entire worlds. Drawing on an understanding and appreciation of nature, architecture, illustration, photography, cinema, and more, environment designers weave together the images that breathe life into a story and set the visual tone for all subsequent art development. In the world of film, visual development artists are tasked with mapping out the locations that–regardless of whether they’re ultimately built physically or digitally–will work hand-in-hand with performance and script to draw the audience in, enhance the drama, and incite specific emotional responses as each scene requires. Additionally, video game environment design involves the unique opportunities and challenges afforded by an interactive medium–one where the player’s actions, perspectives, and gameplay journey must all find a home within the artist’s worldview. Our Environment Design Track has been designed to give artists the skills and know-how necessary to tackle this discipline in any medium, featuring courses that cover all key aspects of natural and solid-surface environment design, matte painting, and sketching narrative illustration, and composition.

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 [email protected]. Additionally, you only pay for the course(s) you take in a given term.


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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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  • Stuart Ayre

    I’ve been taught by many art teachers, and I can say with sincerity that Dzu is a good teacher. Here are three things I liked about Dzu as a teacher: 1) he treats each student in the same manner—in other words, no matter what level you are at, he cares for the student and also doesn’t seem to favour particular students. 2) His advice is concise and practical. 3) He can walk the walk—in other words he can demonstrate how to create great art.

  • Tim Hoh

    One of the best I have ever had. Very knowledgeable and knows how to stimulate thought and creativity in students.

  • James Pickard

    Great instructor, really challenged me to do more and explore my designs more.

  • Allan Boulogne

    Dzu is an awesome guy and a great instructor. He gave some really good insight into how the industry works and how he got his foot in the door. I really wish I had gotten more than 8 weeks to be in his class. Really happy I was able to have Dzu as an instructor—I could talk to him all day.

  • Laurence Carew

    I’d like to really thank Dzu, I think he has been a great help and appreciate his feedback. A great artist I hope to follow in the footsteps of one day!

  • Scott Wood

    I just wanted to say that I really appreciated all the time and help Dzu gave us. I learned quite a bit from him.

  • Lawrence Muller

    Dzu Ngyuen is a straight forward, down-to-earth guy. He did his best at answering questions and gave substantial answers to said questions. He is a very good instructor!

  • Sheryl Soong

    I was pretty paralyzed before taking this class. But I learned a lot and now I feel way more comfortable with approaching environments, even with things outside my visual library.

  • Bavanya Chahat

    One of the best instructor for perspective and his doubt clearing sessions are really great and so much effective.

  • Olesya Kolpakova

    Lane is amazing teacher and he made very deep and long feedbacks.

  • Andreas Jeppesen

    My instructor Lane Brown did an amazing job with the most thorough critique, I have ever seen.

  • Feras A

    I’m happy that Lane was my instructor for this course. I learnt a lot from his constructive feedback.

  • Brittney Seekings

    He was always supportive and gave great feedback to help me improve my skills and developing a better eye to notice those mistakes.

  • Elena Hartley

    I really appreciate how Michael turned each Q & A into another mini lecture. He gave a lot of great tips that he uses.

  • Loup Loyen

    Michael’s enthusiasm is contagious, and I couldn’t dream of a more approachable teacher. He is always friendly, very clear in his explanations and advices, and encourages us to reach out for help if needed. Favorite teacher so far!

  • Dominique Paynter

    Very friendly and encouraging, Tyler provided really detailed feedback on most of my assignments and I really appreciated that. He also has a great sense of humor!

  • William Ang

    Awesome instructor, I like how he shows enthusiasm in teaching and the content of the lecture is awesome.

  • Laurent Sewell

    Tyler was an awesome teacher and very involved with the learning of his students. He left great feedback and inspired the class as a whole with the techniques he shared and his really great demonstrations. His lectures were well prepared and his Q&A sessions were very entertaining, insightful, and also very well prepared. Not only did Tyler do a great job with his art and concepts, he was an exemplary teacher due to his attention to students and preparedness in lectures.

  • Arthur Hargrave

    Very clear and very informative. A lot of information to study from.

  • Sarah Lewski

    He’s a great instructor and the class was really great. I hope I can keep improving from his feedback.

  • Javier Lopez

    Tyler is a great and engaging instructor. His passion for the subject and teaching really comes through.

  • Xuan-Xabier Huynh

    Tyler showed genuine interest in the student’s work during the feedback and Q&As: he always goes the extra mile to help us with long and detailed critiques, making sure to address all of our points. The lectures were very informative and presented the class materials well.

  • Aromie Kim

    Patient and considerate, Tyler did an amazing job at letting me realize my mistakes and using them as steps to better understanding. His feedback made me want to improve and I was inspired to redo my past assignments while doing the one that would be due. All in all, a fantastic instructor whose lessons I’ll remember!

  • Shaun Russel

    I think Tyler is an amazing instructor. He often does extra work to help students understand the course objectives. For example, He provides the opportunity for additional feedback to our assignments in the WIP forum and even has taken the time to create additional feedback videos for work submitted in this forum.

  • Joshua Moya

    Tyler did a fantastic job breaking down the elements of design very clearly.

  • Elvira Mikhralieva

    Tyler is one of the best instructors I have ever studied with. He was super encouraging and very helpful. He answered every single question we had and provided wonderful feedbacks for our assignments that helped with getting better not just at fundamentals of design, but also at drawing, painting, and being a professional in general. If I was rating based on the scale from 1 to 10, I would give Tyler an 11.

  • Barbbara Pozzi

    He is a beautiful person and his work is great. He helped me so much!

  • Luis Esteves

    I really like Simeon’s enthusiasm in the feedbacks, which makes me wanna push further!

  • Calvin Messinger

    Simeon was exceptional! He gave us good, piercing critique, yet maintained an optimism and a positivity that motivated me to work hard. I felt like I didn’t want to disappoint him, which pushed me to put more into each painting that I did.

  • 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.

  • James Wright

    He went above and beyond. I cannot recommend him enough! Great teacher with a fantastic work ethic.

  • Jonathan Nelson

    I really enjoyed Igor’s practical and experienced HW feedback. I really appreciated how he ALWAYS would reply to WIP threads and would often go above and beyond in the student feedback videos.

  • Jose Navarrete

    He is a great instructor!

  • Arthur Valverde

    Igor was going above and beyond to provide us with feedback and arm us with knowledge we needed to tackle each task. On top of that he is really cool and open guy. I had amazing pleasure to learn and grow along his side. Thank you Igor!

  • Kimberly Halm

    It was a lot of fun. The live sessions were the most useful part to me in the course and I always looked forward to them.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Zamir Orpaz

    One of the best instructors I had so far, really learned a lot from him

  • Jaylynn Cuevas

    Jonathan was absolutely lovely and his somewhat laid back but thorough approach to helping us with feedback was awesome!

  • Jonah Warnock

    Very fun person to learn from, he made classes interesting and kept things interesting without taking away from the lessons.

  • Chadwick W

    Great instructor. Really cares about sharing knowledge and the success of the students. Would love to take another class with him.

  • Tom Moore

    Jonathan is a fantastic instructor. He is very generous with sharing knowledge. He gives great feedback and provided us with some very useful demos.

  • Abigail Whitnall

    Incredible mentor and pushed the students to do better. I feel the honesty was what I needed to improve my skills.

  • Junard Paolo Basilio

    Mehreen is very effective as an instructor. She is very eloquent in the subject matter.

  • 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.