Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program
An elite training program where you study with top industry artists working in Concept Art and Illustration
Teacher Artwork by Jarrard Lee
Who is this for?
Are you lacking strong art skills and a great portfolio?
The Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep program is designed to help aspiring concept artists and illustrators. By taking this program, you can :
- Strengthen your fundamentals and improve your art skills
- Get accepted into the elite diploma programs (such as the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program)
- Land an industry job and win lucrative art contracts !
Our students are some of the most committed and enthusiastic aspiring concept artists and illustrators from around the world.
More than 50% of our Full Time students are international (coming on a tourist visa for this program).
Are you hungry to take your skills and portfolio to the next level? Let's see what the program features:
Syn Studio's Full Time Intensive Program works to give you the fastest results through:
As a Full Time student, you will take 5 classes per week and you can be in the studio all day, and on evenings and weekends, surrounded by passionate artists working in the industry and rapidly progressing students. Immersion is the best way to learn any skill, not just language.
We'll take you to the next-level and beyond with master coaching and in-depth courses given by top industry artists. The industry is highly competitive. Think of anyone at the top of any highly competitive field; did they have master coaching? You bet they did!
Not all ways of practising leads to rapid improvement. Deep and focused practice is necessary to strengthen your fundamentals and gain mastery over the essential art skills you need to become a successful artist. The Full Time Intensive Training Program is specially designed to ensure that you're practising the right things, the right way and for the right amount of time so you can become a highly skilled artist as quickly as possible.
Other Industry Relevant Activities
Students in the Full Time Intensive Program will have exclusive access to activities such as coaching sessions, studio visits and art jams hosted by top concept artists and illustrators. These activities, conducted on a regular basis will help you improve faster, make connections and learn how the industry works.
The Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep program provides you with the flexibility of building your own curriculum by choosing from a wide array of drawing, painting, concept design, illustration, and other specialized courses at a variety of skill levels.
A year at Syn Studio is divided in 4 terms : Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each term has a duration of 10 weeks. Each Full Time student takes 5 courses per term.
We provide defined curriculum suggestions for students depending on their skill levels so you can rapidly achieve your artistic training goals.
As examples, you will find below typical class suggestions for different skill levels.
*The pace of learning at Syn Studio is fast so feel free to repeat any courses or levels as many times as you want until you feel you have fully mastered them.
Teacher Artwork by Charles Vinh
Teacher Artwork by Christian Robert de Massy
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Teacher Artwork by Anastasia Ovchinnikova
Where do I start ??
Register for the program by selecting your term and clicking on the “Register Now” button in the Registration section below.
After completing your registration process, we’ll send you a welcome email asking for a portfolio along with your CV and a letter of intent. You are simply required to demonstrate basic competence in drawing, show your passion for art and list your relevant experience and goals.
Once your application is accepted, we will suggest the appropriate courses for you to start, depending on your level and preferences.
If anything goes wrong on your end and you need to cancel or defer your application, no worries! Just let us know at least a week before the start of classes and all your fees will be fully refunded (minus a $50 registration fee).
Just one or two terms can make a huge difference to your skill level and portfolio!
Our alumni currently work in top companies such as
International Student Info
This program is composed of more than 50% international students who come from all around the world on tourist visas to attend this unique high value program. Montreal is a word-class student city with very affordable housing. Email us if you have questions.
What do our successful alumni have to say about the program?
"[I joined Syn Studio after] I actually looked up the instructors first and found out that they were great artists that had lot of experience to learn from, so it was a really good decision. There is a family feeling at Syn Studio, and spending time with friends drawing, learning and going out is an amazing experience that I will never forget. I have met many memorable people there. There are so many useful things I learned [at Syn Studio] that I could not say one! I can say though that many of the things I do today are thanks to the fundamentals I learned at Syn Studio"Lead Concept Artist, Undying Games
"I chose Syn Studio due to its location in the heart of Montreal. I was curious about moving here because of its bustling videogame and VFX industry. I had an amazing time here and I miss it everyday. I would call it the best 3 months of my life. I met some great teachers such like Charles Vinh, Lincoln Hughes and Oleg Dergachov who were amazing and patient. I also met a lot of fellow artists, many of whom I still keep in touch with despite living in different cities or working at different places"2D Artist, Ludia Games
"I am from Montréal, and after searching online for a concept art school, I found out about Syn Studio. It had great teachers and a great location, so I thought I’d give it a try. After my first class I saw how much I learned, and eventually decided to apply for a full-time semester, and then another one"Concept Artist/Illustrator, Classcraft Studios
"I studied graphic design, but my passion has always been more focused on illustration and animation, and that is why I ended up working in the game industry. I gained a lot of experience in the field, but I always felt that I was missing the fundamental knowledge and training to boost the quality of my work. Then after some research, I found Syn Studio, and I decided to go back to school to study in the Full Time Intensive program. Besides all the inspiration that I got from professors and other students, I remember my first days in Montreal when I decided to go and check out the school before the classes started, just to get a better idea of where it was located and a few other details. The first impression I got of Syn Studio was through their staff, who were super kind, warm and helpful, giving me a bunch of tips and suggestions about the school and living in Montreal. It's still a nice memory that I can go back to. And of course the winter vernissage was great! Syn Studio provided me with a lot of tools to become a better artist and helped me get rid of bad habits that I got due to the lack of proper training. It also helped me by placing me in a nice environment, where I was often challenged to create more unique pieces rather than focusing only on the craft."Art Director, Huuuge Games
"I chose Syn for two main reasons: Syn is a great school with a big focus on Concept Art and because Canada is an amazing country. I've had very good memories at Syn with a lot of the amazing new friends that I've made there, but I think the best memory was finally creating my first portfolio. Before I did the Full Time Intensive program, I barely had anything to put in a portfolio and the classes at Syn really helped me get on track."Concept Artist and Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Student Fall 2019
"I decided to study at Syn Studio because of its location in Montreal, which is an entertainment hub full of opportunities and possibilities. It has also given me the opportunity to study concept art and improve myself in a short period of time. This suits my circumstances much better than the longer programs at other schools. [...] The most important thing I learned while studying in Syn Studio is understanding how the concept art industry works and what kind of talent they’re looking for. This has helped me prepare for what might come and has allowed me to tailor my portfolio based on the companies I apply for."Freelance Concept Artist
"I took a single class at the studio, Character Rendering with Fred Bennett. I was looking to learn how to paint digitally since it was not something I was very good at, and I wanted to work as a concept artist. I enjoyed Fred's class so much that I quit my job at the end of his ten week course and decided to study full time, for six months, at the school. Haven’t looked back since. The friendships I made at the studio hold a special place for me. The people I met, who have helped me while studying at the school, and with who I fortunately still keep very close contact, have been a part of why I am where I am today."Character Concept Artist, WB Games
Schedule and Fees
WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
- The Winter 2020 term, which runs from January 13th to March 22nd
- The Spring 2020 term, which runs from April 6th to June 14th
- The Summer 2020 term, which runs from July 6th to September 13th
- The Fall 2020 term, which runs from September 28th to December 6th
Please note that places are limited. Apply now to reserve your space for the next term. We work on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you act too late, you will have to wait.
The fee for a 1 term registration is $1999* and the fee for a 2 term registration is $3799*. Payment plans are available - please email [email protected] for more information.
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."