Visual Storytelling & IP Development Track

Learn how to capitalize on your design skills with unique courses dedicated to storytelling, storyboarding, and visual communication

Courses start on April 16th, 2022

TRACKS OVERVIEW

Understand the importance of Storytelling & IP

Storytelling lies at the heart of everything for artists working in the entertainment industry. This is an arena where every picture really does tell a story, and where the image is both a means of communication and a form of expression. Now, thanks to the billions being invested in the creation of original content by the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, the demand for artists with a firm grasp of narrative and the art of storytelling is greater than ever. On a practical level, the challenge for artists hoping to succeed in this field is to ensure their images, concepts, and designs make an intellectual connection as well as an emotional one–successfully conveying ideas, concepts, and entire narratives with economy and creative flair. The key to this is a solid understanding of both the classic rules of storytelling and the contemporary methods utilized by visual creatives working across all entertainment industries. CGMA’s Storytelling & IP Development Track has been designed to give artists exactly that.

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.

COURSES

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FALL
October 1st - December
22nd 2021
WINTER
January 22nd- April
15th 2022
SPRING
April 16th - July
8th 2022
SUMMER
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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  • Santosh Oommen

    Informative, knowledgeable and answered a lot of questions I had about story and the business of it.

  • Erik Eulen

    Josh has been a great resource for learning. His experience and knowledge was obvious and he was very engaging with the class about topics and additional reading material suggestions.

  • Abram Buck

    Josh is very knowledgeable. He broke down story development in a way that makes it easier for me to understand what makes stories great. I really enjoyed learning under him.

  • Janneke van den Biggelaar

    Joshua was able to create a great and most of all safe space to share ideas. It made me feel like I was taken serious, especially since I’ve been struggling with insecurity issues. His feedback was always very good and helpful.

  • Justin King

    Kevin is a great, knowledgeable teacher who I would definitely take a class from again.

  • Giuseppe Bonanno

    Kevin is, without any doubt whatsoever in my mind, the best instructor I have had the pleasure of working with. He has consistently gone above and beyond in his efforts to help myself and other members of this class strive not merely for improvement, but for work that is genuinely professional. I hold him in the highest regard.

  • Hannah Shigeta

    More than great—much, much better than classes that I had taken in university.

  • Michelle Ferri

    Kevin is awesome! I didn’t plan on signing up for this class at first because it didn’t seem focused towards television animation but I changed my mind when I saw Kevin’s portfolio. He is not only an excellent storyboard artist, but a really gifted teacher.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Sebastian Posada

    Mauricio was awesome! He really engaged with us and answered every question that was asked – pretty amazing!

  • James Pickard

    Really good mentorship and instruction from Mauricio.

  • Anouk Perusse-Bell

    The instructor is clearly passionate about his profession and he demonstrated his enthusiasm throughout the assignments. He always managed to bring the best points in any of the students’ work. Improving them but preserving the student’s initial idea.

  • Paula Engelbrecht

    He is very skilled at explaining both the fundamental concepts that underpin storyboarding and how he thinks and problem solves when he creates storyboards. Lanny is very open and generous in sharing his knowledge about the storyboarding industry with his students.

  • 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.

  • Junard Paolo Basilio

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

  • James Wright

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

  • 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.

  • William Osolinsky Vincent

    Allen was kind, patient, and made the class safe for everyone to experiment with something that takes some courage to do.

  • Freddy Soe Nyunt

    Allen is an amazing instructor. He is very involved and very present with his students. His lectures are also very informative, with the multiple examples that he shares with the students.