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?
*Please note that the Full Time Intensive Portfolio Prep Program is going to take place online during the Spring term. This means there will be some modifications to the course outlines without affecting the overall learning objectives and outcomes of the program. The value of this online program will be similar or greater to that of the onsite program and you will still get personalized feedback on your artwork from the instructors and be able to re-watch the livestream video lectures at your leisure. We will also be moving our student and community events online such as portfolio reviews, art jams, coaching sessions, etc. And we are planning to add new online-only events such as drawing parties with famous artists.
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.
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.
You will find below typical class suggestions for different skill levels but you have the freedom to create your own curriculum by mixing and matching the available courses from different levels.
Teacher Artwork by Charles Vinh
Level 1Level 1
Strong fundamentals in traditional drawing, painting and sculpting are the foundations to create amazing artwork.
This level is about solidifying the fundamentals, getting a refresher on the most important art principles, and learning tricks to create realistic drawing and paintings.
- Drawing the Human Form
- Urban Sketching in Perspective
- Intro to Digital Painting
- Analytical Sketching
Teacher Artwork by Christian Robert de Massy
Level 2Level 2
Second level classes are for students who have a good foundation in the basics of realistic drawing (such as perspective, proportion, shading and colour theory) and already know how to use Photoshop, but need more in-depth knowledge to create professional and complex artwork.
This level is about expanding knowledge, strengthening skills, and transitioning to the world of concept art and illustration.
Teacher Artwork by Anastasia Ovchinnikova
Level 3Level 3
These courses are for people who can already draw and paint realistically, and can create complete digital illustrations.
Level 3 classes will help students to give a new edge to their images, properly render their digital work, and bring them to a professional level.
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 received, 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?
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."
2D Artist, Ludia 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 like Charles Vinh, Lincoln Hughes and Oleg Dergachov [...]. 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."
"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."
Concept Artist and Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Student Fall 2019
"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."
Freelance Concept Artist
"[... Syn Studio] has also given me the opportunity to study concept art and improve myself in a short period of time [...] 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."
Character Concept Artist, WB Games
"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. "
Junior Concept Artist, FireSprite Games
"Syn [Studio] had many student activities as well as working spaces for homework completion. [..]there wasn't a course I didn't enjoy, however, Charles Vinh's tutelage and teaching methods were always extremely digestible and applicable; I'm deeply impressed by his wealth of experience in both art and as an instructor. The two terms I took prepared me with the skills, and portfolio that helped land my first job as a Junior Concept Artist. For this, I'm extremely grateful to my awesome teachers as well as the Syn Staff "
Junior Concept Artist, Atomhawk
"Overall I had a great experience at Syn Studio. I befriended fellow students, supportive teachers and talented industry professionals. I felt that I was consistently improving and felt confident that I was on the right path to break into the industry.[..] Receiving valuable feedback and industry advice, I was steered in the right direction towards having a solid portfolio. Having talented artists mentoring me throughout my time at Syn Studio was extremely valuable. This set the foundation for me to be best prepared for the industry."
"I joined Syn Studio [..] not only for the quality and the diversity of the training, but also to have the opportunity to learn from great teachers, meet people, make contacts and to be honest my time at Syn Studio was an amazing experience. Teachers are so passionate and interesting, they gave me a lot of great advice, they taught me everything I needed to know to start in the industry[..]. I definitely recommend Syn Studio to anyone who wants to learn art or become a professional artist, you will not be disappointed."
Schedule and Fees
WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
- 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
- The Winter 2021 term, which runs from January 11th to March 21st
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.
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