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Intro to Environment Design

A 10-week course where you learn an array of tools and techniques to create immersive and visually appealing environments

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Intro to Environment Design

Do you want to be able to create environment designs for the entertainment industry? Strong design fundamentals are essential for creating environments that enhance the visual experience.

Expert concept artists are adept at designing environments for games, movies, television and theatre that suit the mood of the scene and enhance the storyline. 

In this course, you will be introduced to the fantastic process of designing stunning environment concepts for different scenarios. You will understand the design processes that concept artists employ to amplify the story experience and learn how to apply them through a series of case studies, demos and in-class assignments. The class and assignments simulate the industry environment with your teacher acting as your art director, guiding your design decisions and iterations. 

Any movie or game setting has central characters who possess specific attributes and qualities. You will gain expertise in designing environments that emphasize the full potential of these characters and support the storyline, thereby enhancing the overall audience experience. You will learn how to best control the lighting and level of detail so as to direct the viewer’s attention to the specific areas that drive the story.

By the end of this course you will have all the tools to create breathtaking environment designs for games, movies, television and theatre that amplify the viewer’s experience. You will stunning new portfolio pieces and your improved sense of design will give you the confidence and ability to create further breathtaking designs in the future.

  • Course Type Concept Art and Illustration Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 3
    Level 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 closer to a professional level.

  • Language English

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Note: This class will be offered online only

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

Date of first class: January 12th

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 a laptop with Photoshop installed and a 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).

Photoshop and the free software PureRef must be installed and working properly BEFORE the first class, as well as your Wacom tablet. We will not have time to resolve technical issues in class


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

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

Week 1: Learn how to design your environment based on the constraints of production you are working with so your concepts will fit with the story, characters and art direction.

Weeks 2&3: Understand the importance of themes in the design process so you can create environments that emphasize the full potential of the characters and enhance the overall story.

Week 4: Learn to avoid the common pitfalls during the design process so you can create designs that are not only functional but also visually spectacular.

Week 5: Gain proficiency in the top down navigational design method for games so you can create designs that maximise game play opportunities and optimize the player experience

Week 6: Develop the skills required to plan and set up navigational landmarks so you can create locations that your audience can easily navigate and understand.

Week 7: Acquire a powerful iterative method so you can improve your design through feedback and speed up the time to completion.

Week 8: Learn the skills required to effectively use lighting and mood in your design so you can direct the player along the golden path.

Weeks 9&10: Become proficient in implementing focused detail so you can direct the audience’s attention to critical locations in your environment. Get invaluable advice on your term work from an additional senior artist so you can further improve your designs and develop them into stunning portfolio pieces.

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