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Intro to Concept Art

Intro to Concept Art is recommended for students with beginner to intermediate drawing skills and experience and will give you the per­fect foun­da­tion for your art career. The most important ingredient is the desire to draw, design, paint and create, using Adobe Photoshop.

This short course is an introduction to creating concept art for video games and films. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of design required to start building a portfolio for the entertainment design industry. This course will be primarily 2D focused and cover as many drawing and design fundamentals as possible over the 12 weeks.

The aim of this course is to cover the core principles required to create the following:

  • Sci-fi Crate - line & coloured
  • Fantasy building - line & coloured
  • Multiple spaceship designs
  • Interior spaceship cockpit design

This 12 week online course runs concurrently with Flinders University semesters. Including the two-week mid-semester break, it runs for 14 weeks in total. The course will consist of:

  • 12 weekly pre-recorded lectures & demonstrations that will guide you step by step through your projects
  • 6 assignments over the course of 12 weeks (one submitted each fortnight, prior to feedback session)
  • Live fortnightly 3hr feedback webinars where you will receive feedback on your progress. (see below)

Topics covered over the 12 week course include:

  • Learning how to draw, paint & design.
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Interface
  • Learn about fantasy & sci-fi design language & how to build your visual library
  • 1, 2 & 3 point perspective
  • Painting in colour & simple techniques to work with
  • Designing spaceships the easy way
  • Drawing complicated interior scenes

Tuition Price: $950 AUD.

The hardware requirements for the workshop are:

  • Laptop or Desktop PC or MAC (MacBook Pro or i7 PC/laptop with 16GB RAM are recommended).
  • Wacom tablet is recommended not required. Any size is good.
  • Headset/Microphone so that you can chat with the instructor in fortnightly webinars.
  • Notepad and pens/pencils for note-taking.

Software requirements:

  • Adobe Photoshop.

*As part of the course you have the option to participate in Live Streamed Feedback Sessions. These are live feedback webinars, held fortnightly, with your industry instructor will provide you with direct feedback on your work. If you can’t attend the session via webcam when it’s live, you will still be able to watch the recorded sessions in your own time. Times listed are ACST (UTC +9:30).

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Simon Scales




Once you sign up you will receive:

  1. A receipt email from Flinders Online Pay­ments for the course.
  2. An online short course con­fir­ma­tion email from , inform­ing you that your reg­is­tra­tion has been received.
  3. An email from ask­ing you to set up your authen­tifi­ca­tion name (FAN) and pass­word for the FLO site, which is the com­put­er sys­tem used for online learn­ing. You will need to fol­low the instruc­tions care­ful­ly to acti­vate your account.

    You will be grant­ed access to the FLO site with­in 2 hours of acti­vat­ing your FAN, after which you’ll be able to view the FLO dash­board and your course.

    All tuto­ri­als and exer­cis­es will be vis­i­ble from the first day of the first week.

Instructor Bio: Simon Scales

Simon Scales is both the founder and director of CDW Studios, and is also an instructor across a range of subjects in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (VEED).

Simon has been working in the industry for over 15 years across a number of areas, from illustration, environment design, to matte painting. His clients have ranged from THQ, EA Games, LEGO, Mighty Kingdom, Animal Logic, Warner Bros, and T T Games, to name a few.

Since opening CDW Studios’ doors in 2011, his focus has been to create a world class education facility based in Australia. Simon has facilitated many masterclasses with some of the absolute best artists in the world coming out to Australia to share their wealth of information with students attending CDW Studios.

Stu­dent Work

Show­cas­ing some work by pre­vi­ous stu­dents. There is no pre­req­ui­site to take our online short cours­es, and there can be a vari­ety of skill lev­el among our stu­dents. Our goal is to help them cre­ate some sol­id pieces for their portfolio.