Portfolio Development

Concept Art and Illustration > Portfolio Development

    Teacher Information

    Nick Oroc is a senior concept artist at Ubisoft, Montreal. His credits include: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Rainbow Six (Lockdown, Vegas, Siege and more), Splinter Cell (Conviction and Blacklist), Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy, Far Cry Primal and Child of Light. Prior to this, Nick worked as a senior concept artist at Behaviour Interactive, where was involved in games such as WET, Iron Man and Rango. His artwork and tutorials have been published several times in 2dartist magazine and he has been a guest speaker at two Adapt Conferences (2008 and 2009). In addition to this, Nick was also a guest artist at the The Art of Games exhibition in Aosta, Italy and is an experienced teacher.

    Course Outline

    Students in this exclusive course are selected after an assessment of their portfolios and letter of intent. Students will begin the course by assessing their portfolio and identifying, with the teacher’s help, the pieces they want to improve. Each class typically consists of a couple paint-overs of selected student work by the instructor and as the students work on their pieces, the instructor visits each student and provides one-on-one feedback on how to improve the selected portfolio piece.

    Additionally, the following topics will be covered:

    Learn the essential skills required to improve your portfolio pieces and make them more refined and professional so you can be the top rank choice for a high level educational program or a job in the concept art industry.

    Become proficient in identifying your strengths so you can determine your specialization. Learn how to modify your portfolio so it is in line with your specialization and best showcases your skills and artistic direction.

    Acquire the skills required to adjust and modify your portfolio so it can be customized to suit the specific demands of the schools, companies or clients you are targeting.

    Gain proficiency in evaluating your portfolio and eliminating the weakest pieces so it you can showcase your strengths, artistry and competency.

    Learn the essential marketing skills required to improve your personal branding so your portfolio represents your specialization in the best way possible.

    Understand the concept art job market and how you can position yourself to succeed within it.
    Acquire knowledge of the prevailing freelancing rates so you can get compensated accordingly by your clients.


    Mondays from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Date of first class: April 8th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom left of this page.


    Do you feel you possess a decent portfolio but wish to upgrade and boost it up to professional standards so you gain an edge over the competition? Do you wish to eliminate the negative factors that reduce the effectiveness of your portfolio and learn how professional concept artists build an indie game or even AAA level portfolio? Or do you wish to improve your digital portfolio pieces so you can be a top rank candidate for high level professional educational programs like the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program? An impressive concept art portfolio provides the art director or recruiter with a good idea of the artist’s ability, versatility and skill level and acts as the stepping stone for admission into professional educational programs or getting a job in the concept art industry.

    During this 10 week course offered for the first time, senior concept artist Nick Oroc will provide you with the tips and tools required to improve your portfolio and take it to the level that matches industry standards or makes you an automatic top choice for high level professional concept art programs. Through a series of demonstrations, guest lectures and paintover exercises, you will learn to refine and enhance your portfolio pieces so they appear more professional and demonstrate a high level of artistry. At every step, you will receive personalized feedback from the instructor to help improve portfolio pieces during your portfolio building process. By a combination of self assessment and teacher evaluation, you will identify your strengths and determine your specialization so you can modify your portfolio to showcase your skills and artistic direction. You will gain the skills required to customize your portfolio according to specific demands so it can be catered for the specific schools, companies and clients you are targeting and doesn’t look generic. You will become proficient in evaluating your portfolio and eliminating the weakest pieces so your portfolio demonstrates your strengths and competencies in the best way possible. Finally, you will gain proficiency in the essential graphic design and marketing skills so you can improve your branding and present your portfolio, showcasing your strengths and specialization, in a visually appealing manner.

    By the end of this course, you will have gained the knowledge required to build an outstanding concept art portfolio that meets and exceeds industry standards. Furthermore you will have eliminated your weakest pieces and improved existing ones to make them best reflect your highest level of skill and specialization. This will give a big boost the overall impact of your portfolio, thereby increasing your chances of getting selected for a top level professional concept art program or landing a job in the concept art industry.


    This is an advanced class. You must have completed multiple digital classes at Syn Studio or have equivalent experience from another school or as a “self-taught” artist.

    To qualify for this course, you must submit 5-8 digital illustrations or concept art pieces. We will review them to determine if they are sufficiently advanced for you to be able to benefit greatly from this class.

    If you are a full time student: these pieces should be included in your application portfolio (which you can update and re-submit if necessary).

    If you wish to take this course as a part time student: please first register by clicking on the “register now” button on the bottom-left hand side of the page. After we receive your payment, we will send you instructions on how to send us the required images. If we determine that the level of your images is too low to benefit greatly from this class, we will issue you a full refund.

    *Note that you are required to bring a laptop equipped with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet to each class (or equivalent technology) so you can work on your pieces and improve them during class time by following the teacher’s feedback.


    This new course, developed by a veteran concept artist and experienced teacher, has been added by popular demand and we expect that it will fill up very quickly $470 $430.

    Late registration still available for this class if there is a "Register Now" button below.


    • Gain essential skills and get one-on-one coaching from a top concept artist so you can take each of your portfolio pieces to the next level - up to AAA level quality!
    • Become proficient in identifying your strengths and specialization so you can modify your portfolio to showcase your competencies and artistic direction
    • Avoid the pitfalls that reduce the effectiveness of your portfolio so you can build a portfolio that can make you a top candidate for any top educational program, AAA or Indie job

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