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Environment Design

A 10-week course where you learn the tools, techniques and processes used by top industry artists to create stunning production-ready environment concepts

Teacher Artwork by Elton Lo

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Teacher Artwork by Elton Lo

Environment Design

In this 10 week course, you will learn to create professional environment concepts for the film and video game industries.
Your instructor will explain and demonstrate the process starting with design, ideation, composition, visual problem-solving, and the use of colour and light, as well as digital painting techniques like photobashing and matte painting.

You will gain confidence in applying this process by completing in-class and homework assignments while receiving paint-overs and one-on-one feedback from your instructor. These assignments simulate the industry environment with your instructor acting as your art director and guiding your design decisions.

This course is a follow up to our Intro to Environment Design class and focuses on creating a finished portfolio piece.

  • Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Classes
  • 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

This is one of our most popular classes and tends to fill up very quickly

This class is currently on Sale!

The Late Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 28th of September at 11:59 PM.

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Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Tuesdays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

Date of first class: September 27th

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.



Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please also note that Syn Studio’s classes are targeted towards adults and students should be 16 years or older to enroll. 

Required Materials

You need to have a desktop computer or laptop with Photoshop installed and a graphic tablet sensitive to pen pressure (such as a Wacom tablet). Or you need a tablet-computer with Photoshop installed that is sensitive to pen pressure (such as the Cintiq Companion).


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

Each class typically begins with some paint-over corrections of student work, followed by an explanation and live painting demo by the instructor showing students exactly how to proceed for the next exercise, assignment or milestone. Then while students work on their environments, the instructor acts as their art director giving one-on-one feedback and design critique to each artist. At the end of the class, students are given a homework assignment which is to be submitted for a potential paint-over in the next class.

*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.

10 week summary

Week 1: Core environment design principles. Composition exploration using limited value structure. Communicating through simple shapes. Creating depth and focal points.

Week 2: Advanced Thumbnailing techniques: graphic, values, line, light & colour.

Week 3: 3D block out, design pieces, problem solving and details.

Week 4: Coaching session. 1-on-1 feedback and paintovers.

Week 5: The role of colour in environment design: value and temperature.

Week 6: Intro to Blender: expanding the block out.

Week 7: Painting over a 3D base; technique and decision making. Designing with colour.

Week 8 & 9: Coaching sessions. 1-on-1 feedback and paintovers.

Week 10: Finalizing your piece.

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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 very quickly

The Late Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 28th of September at 11:59 PM.

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