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Environment Design with Blender

A 10 week course where you learn the advanced art skills and design fundamentals required to create jaw dropping environments using Blender

Teacher Artwork by Reda Amarti

Student Artwork by Randi Sanchez

Environment Design with Blender

Do you want to be able to create stunning and immersive environment concept art for the entertainment industry? Advanced art skills and strong design fundamentals are essential for creating environments that enthrall the audience and create a captivating visual experience. In this 10 week course taught by a veteran concept artist, you will gain expertise in the tools and techniques required to design fantastic environment concepts for video games and movies. 

During the course, you will learn a powerful concept art pipeline used by industry experts to create the desired mood, atmosphere and visual impact in their environments.

Through a series of structured assignments, live demonstrations and one-on-one feedback, the instructor will guide you through all the steps required to create jaw-dropping professional level concept art using a combination of Photoshop and the powerful and free 3D software: Blender. You will become proficient in the fundamentals of photography and reference gathering so you can build a visual reference library that can be used as an inspiration during your environment design process. You will gain expertise in creating a series of quick thumbnail sketches and performing compositional and colour studies so you can explore multiple ideas and select the best option to create a spectacular environment. You will learn how to best control the lighting, fog and level of detail so you can guide the viewer's eye and create the most visually appealing image that drives your story. Finally you will apply photobashing and paintover techniques, render your image in Photoshop and adjust the mood and tonal values so you can create realistic, detailed and jaw-dropping environment concept art.

By the end of this course will have a stunning new portfolio piece that you can be proud of. You will have added Blender, a powerful creation tool, to your arsenal. And finally, you will have learned a new cutting-edge concept art pipeline that will enable you to create breathtaking 3D environments. 

  • Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Courses
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 4
    Level 4

    This expert-level is for students who are ready to boost their portfolio and design process to a professional level.

    This level is about discovering and diving deeper into new tools (such as 3D), further polishing and rendering work and exploring professional pipelines of the entertainment industry.

  • Language English

The Early Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 12th of Aug at 11:59 PM.

$499.00 (save $124!!) $375.00USD


Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Wednesdays from 6 PM to 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC -4 h)

Date of first class: September 30th

Duration: 10 weeks

If you are unable to attend the class during the times listed above, you will still have access to video recordings of the class lectures and will still receive personalized feedback from your instructor.



You should have completed our Digital Painting and Intro to Environment Design classes or have equivalent experience in Photoshop and can draw accurately in perspective to take this course.

If you do not have any prior 3D knowledge, to prepare for this course, it is recommended to familiarize yourself with the free 3D software Blender by making some simple blockouts and watching some YouTube tutorials and playing around with the software to get the basics at least a few weeks before starting class. You have to familiarize yourself with the tools before starting class.

Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher is bilingual and can explain concepts and give feedback in both languages).


Required Materials

You must bring a Laptop equipped with a Wacom tablet as well as Blender and Photoshop.


Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes 
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome 
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

Weeks 1 - 2

Gain proficiency in the fundamentals of photography and reference gathering so you can assemble a visual reference library to inspire and guide your environment design process.

Weeks 3 - 4

Learn effective techniques for creating thumbnail sketches and apply what you’ve learned to an exterior environment complete with buildings and props. Become proficient in generating useful composition, colour and perspective studies so you can explore multiple design options to find the best visual solution for your image.

Weeks 5 - 8

Learn the basics of modeling and texturing in Blender so you can create a 3D environment from your sketches. Understand how to add lighting and fog strategically to create the most compelling mood and atmosphere for your concept and maximize its storytelling aspects and visual appeal. 

Weeks 9 - 10

Export your 3D scene into Photoshop and learn the most effective photobashing and paintover techniques to make your concept more eye-catching. Finally, understand how to best adjust the colours and tones while refining and polishing your image so you can create vibrant and realistic fully rendered 3D environment concepts. 

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Syn Studio offers the highest quality education at the most affordable prices.

This is one of our most popular classes and tends to fill up well before the deadline.

The Early Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 12th of Aug at 11:59 PM.

This class is being offered at
$499.00 $375.00 USD
for a limited period of time (save $124!!) *All Prices Shown are in US Dollars
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