Concept Art School in Montreal
Teacher Artwork by Krist Miha
Syn Studio is an art school in Montreal specializing in teaching concept art and illustration for the entertainment industry. Since 2007, we've been helping amateur and professional artists take their art to the next level through our 10-week drawing, painting, concept art and illustration classes as well as our Full Time Programs.
Syn Studio was ranked the number 1 school in North America for Concept Art and Illustration by The Rookies in 2019.
At Syn Studio, we firmly believe that:
Great artists are not born, they are made!
The process of forging an industry-ready artist does not happen overnight. Our industry focused Full Time Programs are designed to help students strengthen their concept art skills and achieve artistic mastery.
Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program
An intensive program with a flexible schedule designed to boost your fundamental art skills and help you build a top notch portfolio so you can get accepted into elite diploma programs (such as the Concept Art Diploma Program), win lucrative art contracts or even land an industry job.Learn More →
Concept Art Diploma
An elite 18 month program with a fixed schedule for advanced students who possess solid art fundamentals and can dedicate 100% of their time to a highly in-depth training to become fully job-ready for the most exciting positions in the competitive concept art industry.Learn More →
At Syn Studio, the year is broken into four terms.
Each term lasts 10 weeks.
We believe that a strong foundation in art fundamentals is essential for artists to succeed in concept art and illustration. We offer a variety of drawing, painting, and concept art classes for students of all levels.
Many of the classes are conveniently scheduled in the evenings and weekends to accommodate part time students or people who are working.
To get a complete list, more information and to register for any of our art classes, click on one of the course groupings below:
Meet Our Instructors
Christian Robert de MassyFreelance Concept Artist and Illustrator
Donald CaronFreelance Illustrator
Sergei SarichevMatte Painter and Concept Artist
Charles VinhMaster Painter and Illustrator
Erin McGuireIllustrator and Concept Artist
Ying DingConcept Artist
Our alumni currently work in top companies such as
What do our students have to say about the school?
Concept Artist, WB Games
"I went to Syn Studio with the goals of meeting people, making contacts, pushing my work and getting feedback on it. Syn Studio did not disappoint. I met amazing professionals of the industry (which I never had in four years of University!) and motivated students. I made lots of good friends and met a teacher that eventually got me an Interview at WB games Montréal to work on my first AAA."
"I didn't have a background in fine arts when I joined the school and I somehow managed to understand a great deal in very little time. The teachers are not just passionate about helping their students, they are also active in their industry and would even go as far as to teach their in-house pipeline. Suffice to say that I was blown away by them. In addition, nothing beats being in a classroom with like-minded people. I would not be where I am today without Syn Studio."
Art Director, Life Zero
"Syn Studio is what really kick started my career. I owe them everything. The experience changed my life. [...] For me, the best moments were when some of the teachers would give us personal advice or would tell us about a technique we had never heard of. Those moments made me feel like a student at Hogwarts discovering some new spell. I felt that way very often at Syn Studio."
Concept Artist and Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Student, Fall 2018
"I was attending the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, which is a great school, but doesn't offer any classes to learn how to make professional concept art. I chose to study at Syn Studio because it had a unique offering of working professionals teaching the classes and lots of open studio time to practice."
Concept Artist, Eidos
"I’ve taken classes over the years and enjoyed them a lot, particularly because of the variety they have to offer. A big takeaway for me was the motivation of being around talented artists and teachers. This combined with a professional level education has pushed me farther as an artist and taught me what I needed to know to prepare for the industry. I would definitely recommend Syn Studio to anyone seeking to make it as a professional artist or to anyone interested in art."
3d Animator/Digital Sculptor
"The time I spent at Syn Studio has really changed my life [..] I am working as a conceptual designer for exhibitions of National Geographic, Disney and Hasbro’s Transformers for Latin America. [...] It was amazing to learn from teachers with so much experience. Thanks to that, I learned the tools that allowed me to reach the next level in my career. "
Concept Artist, Triotech Amusement
"I decided to study at Syn Studio because it looked like the only place in Montreal that offered these kind of classes without needing to be part of a school program. [...] The teacher Frederic Bennett was really down to earth, nice and approachable. The students were really kind too and we had a good mix of levels in the class."
Freelance Concept Artist
"I have a lot of amazing memories from Syn Studio.[..] [My favourite memories are] meeting an amazing artist like Charles Vinh, Lincoln Hughes, Christian de Massy or Salgood Sam [for the first time], the environment, full of concept art, illustration, the amazing personal feedback on my work, the opportunity to go to different companies! I can only say that my experience in Syn Studio was Amazing, and if I could repeat it, I would do it infinite times!!"
Senior Artist, Bagelcode
"During my final year at Laval University, I was looking for additional input that would take my portfolio to the next level. I decided to attend Syn Studio in parallel to what I was already studying at the time. I also recommend attending their master classes because you will get a chance to learn highly technical materials taught by some of the most talented artists. Attending Syn Studio has helped me to reach my true potential. "
3D Designer, WildBrain
"I googled all my options and I found Syn studio offered the best value for high quality courses. All the teachers are fantastic and have years of industry experience. They are incredible mentors and great contacts to have, this industry is small. Furthermore, I made incredible like minded friends! Syn Studio gave me a solid foundation of art fundamentals. "
Freelance Concept Artist & Illustrator
"The staff at Syn Studio were extremely friendly and helped me to select the appropriate courses. All classes had in common the great level of competence of the teachers, their humility as well as excellent human and relational qualities. The Syn Studio experience [..] allowed me to create beautiful friendships. These few months have allowed me to progress greatly, and to finish convincing myself to pursue a career in this industry!"
Concept Artist and Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Student, Fall 2019
"The Full Time [program] was the best option I could find. I didn’t know any other school [that offered] something similar. [The teachers] are very inspiring. Most of them work in the industry, or have a very strong knowledge in fine arts. Thanks to the Full Time [program], I improved enough to be able to get some jobs in the entertainment industry and in Indie games, and I was also able to enter the Diploma [program]."