Learn game art from industry pros

Get career training & mentorship from an Unreal Academic Partner & Unreal Authorized Training Center.

CG Spectrum’s game art course gives you a solid foundation in 3D modeling and game animation, which you can use to make your own video games! Your mentor will guide you step-by-step through character and environment design, so you can start creating your own incredible art.

Why study game art at CG Spectrum:

  • Mentorship from game artists with real-world experience
  • Learn Maya, Substance Painter, and Unreal Engine
  • Grow your professional network while you learn
  • Private 1-on-1 or small group classes (max 4 students)


The gaming world is growing rapidly and it's a great time to get into the industry. CG Spectrum's game art & animation program is the best introduction to the exciting world of game art. It teaches you how to create high-quality art and realistic assets - even if you're a beginner.

As an Unreal Academic Partner, CG Spectrum works closely with Epic Games to provide high-quality educational opportunities with an experienced faculty, proven curricula and resources to foster personal and professional growth.

Gain confidence using industry-leading software like Maya, Substance Painter and Unreal Engine, learn the latest studio techniques, experiment with different 2D and 3D styles, and graduate with original work for your portfolio!

Industry Qualification


Study duration

9 months


40 hrs weekly

Skill level



Basic computer skills & min. computer specs


Weekly online classes, feedback and support

Included software

Maya, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine

Start date

Jan 10, 2022

Why study with us

Study game art from artists who have worked on best-selling games

Our expert-led online game art programs prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. Unleash your creative potential while building practical job skills studios are looking for.

Flexible Scheduling

Plan your studies around your work and family commitments

Industry Mentors

Learn from mentors who have worked on best-selling video games

Job-Ready Skills

Build practical, relevant job skills that studios are looking for

Payment Plans

Options to help you pursue your passion and start working sooner


Industry-approved curriculum to launch your career as a video games artist

Term 1: 12 weeks
Animation & Modeling for Games

Learn game art essentials starting with 3D modeling and animation exercises using Maya, Substance Painter, and Unreal Engine. Practice setting up a professional workflow–a vital skill you’ll use throughout your career. Create game animations using the 12 Principles of Animation, then move on to building game assets. Finish with portfolio pieces ranging from animation walk cycles and combat actions to 3D models of stylized props or weapons.

Animation Foundations (Stream A)

  • How to navigate software used by video game studios
  • Animate and build 3D models from scratch
  • Create believable motion in your animation
  • Retopolgize hi-res objects for clean line flow

3D Modeling Foundations (Stream B)

  • How to set up proper workflows in Maya
  • Retopolgize objects for clean line flow
  • Create 3D assets from film & games
  • Texture using Substance Painter

Animation Foundations (Stream A)

  1. Introduction to 3D Animation & Rigs
  2. Posing a Character
  3. Timing & Spacing
  4. Overlap & Follow Through
  5. Pose Transitions 01
  6. Pose Transitions 02
  7. Lower Body Walk Cycle
  8. Lower Body Run Cycle
  9. Full Body Walk Cycle
  10. Full Body Run Cycle
  11. Walk With Prop 01
  12. Walk With Prop 02

3D Modeling Foundations (Stream B)

  1. Introduction to Modeling
  2. Blocking a Model with Reference
  3. Model Finalizing & Cleanup
  4. Retopology Basics
  5. Modeling Project 2A
  6. Modeling Project 2B & Presentation
  7. Hard Surface High Poly Modeling for Film
  8. Hard Surface Low Poly Modeling for Games
  9. UV Theory
  10. UV Layout & Texture Preparation
  11. Introduction: Substance Painter
  12. Texturing & Presentation
Term 2: 12 weeks
Character Art, Animation & Environment Modeling

Test your new skills with more complex projects! Practice animating characters interacting with their surroundings. Next, learn how they deal with physical force so you can start animating combat actions commonly used in video game production. Jump into a human anatomy lesson, using it to create a 3D character with clothing plus accessories. Finally, using a concept design, create a realistic 3D environment with buildings, trees, rocks and props.

Intermediate Animation (Stream A)
  • How to animate action sequences for games
  • Body mechanics for animation
  • Create 3D environments from scratch
  • Texture, light and render 3D assets

Intermediate 3D Modeling (Stream B)

  • How to create 3D characters & environments
  • Set up a basic scene for rendering
  • Model organic & hard surface assets
  • Apply lighting & rendering techniques

Intermediate Animation (Stream A)

  1. Run and Jump Blocking
  2. Run and Jump Polish
  3. Parkour Blocking
  4. Parkour Polish
  5. Forces & Weight Blocking
  6. Forces & Weight Polish
  7. Weight Lift Blocking
  8. Weight Lift Polish
  9. Combat Actions Blocking
  10. Combat Actions Polish
  11. Fight Scene Blocking
  12. Fight Scene Polish

Intermediate 3D Modeling (Stream B)

  1. Introduction to Character Modeling
  2. Character Modeling
  3. Clothing and Accessories
  4. Character UV and Texturing
  5. Hair in Maya
  6. Character Presentation
  7. Introduction to Environment Modeling
  8. Environment Basics - Modeling
  9. Environment Basics - Texturing
  10. Trees
  11. Making props
  12. Environment Presentation

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input

Term 3: 12 weeks
Game Engine Implementation

Time to build your own playable game! Using industry workflows in Unreal Engine, learn how to set up characters, implement animation, use AI interaction, and populate a game environment. Finish with a fully executable, playable game. By the end of this course you will have a hands-on understanding of the video game pipeline, several portfolio pieces, and a clearer idea of which specialty you wish to pursue along your career path in the industry.

  • How to build a video game from start to finish
  • Implement game art assets into Unreal Engine
  • Add FX, lighting and cinematics
  • Package your fully executable game

Game Production

  1. Learning Game Editors
  2. Game Industry Workflows
  3. Exporting Into the Editor
  4. Working with Materials
  5. Setting Up Characters
  6. Implementing Animation
  7. Whiteboxing
  8. Populating Environments
  9. Lighting Environments
  10. Creating VFX
  11. Implementing Cinematics
  12. Implementing AI

*Curriculum subject to change based on industry input


Get direct access to game artists with years of real-world experience

To be the best, it helps to learn from the best. Game art classes are taught by industry mentors who have worked with major game developers.

Study Options

Small Class

The most affordable way to learn from top industry mentors in a fun, collaborative environment, while still getting plenty of personalized feedback.

  • Max. 4 students per course
  • Affordable high-quality education
  • Network while you learn
Study Options

1-on-1 Private

Progress faster and enjoy more flexiblity with private mentorship. Ideal for busy schedules, career-changers, or artists upgrading skills or changing specialties.

  • Maximum level of mentor interaction
  • Greater flexibility to schedule classes
  • Customized learning experience


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