Digital Art Courses - HALP!
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Published: June 12, 2010
This is more specifically to my British watchers, but I guess anyone can help!

So, after I finish college, I plan on taking a short digital art course (or maybe art university) in England.
Could you please recommend me some good ones? It needn't be short, but I'd like to know the conditions (english level, etc), and what I need to get in (portfolio or something).

If you know any in London, it'd be great!!
Also, if you know any in other places in Europe (in english), that'd help too!

Money is not a problem, I guess, but if it's a uber-expensive course I probably won't be able to pay for it xD

The thing is, I want to be a video game concept artist/illustrator/digital artist, and the college I'm taking (graphic design) doesn't have much to do at all with what I want to do as my job. That's why I want to go take a course more specific. But I don't want a game art course, I want a digital art one!

Please, I need your advice!


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Woodland-Mel's avatar
If you want to get good at the kind of concept art that they use for games- conceptart.org is what the majority of the guys who started it do for a living. A lot of industry professionals use to post there and help critique too. I haven't really been there, as myself, in years- so I'm just assuming it's still great for learning and improving (specifically for what you seem to want to do) - Maybe now they're all wrapped up in Massive Black and their teaching courses- I don't know. ...but, IMO, regular college is WAY overrated when you're serious about art(/working in the gaming industry) and know where to look on the internet to learn. As far as art jobs are concerned: If you're good- and fit what they're looking for- people in the industry give fuck all about what school you went to. Trust me. Seriously ;p lol (I just never had the guts/will to bother with that direction.. I wish I hadn't squandered my time with all my old low self-esteem BS. I didn't improve as fast as I could have- I wasn't really trying to learn. BUT, If I had been- that's where I would have been posting.)
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Oh, I've posted there some times, they helped me finish this pic [link] So yeah, they really helpful. Many people have told me in the industry they don't give a fuck to what school people went to :b I've tried taking art classes and I just found it boring. Maybe college isn't for me... lol Low self-esteem sucks, I had it and kinda still do :P But you know you're great.
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obsessedkitten|Professional Digital Artist
I'm studying art in London atm, but I'm afraid I can't really give you much help. What I can say though, which might help you in the long run, is this;

The jobs you aspire for are the jobs a lot of people want. But like most/all artistic jobs, it's all down to your portfolio in the end and less about your education. Also, being a concept artist requires you to have really good drawing skills, anatomical knowledge and just good knowledge in general of architecture, vehicles and organisms. Of course, being able to draw digitally is a good thing, but those are the basics.

I find it difficult to see that there would be a good digital art course to find here. Or at least any that would help you or anyone else with their actual art. A general art course might do you better as you get a broader idea of... art. Life drawing is essential. Location drawings and sketches.

I don't know if my comment helped a lot. I hope it did! And if you want I can give you information about one year courses at my uni.
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Yeah, a lot of people tell me it's more about your portfolio than anything else. Do give me information about this course you mentioned :) Do you know any art courses in general in London?
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LegendOfZeldaFanart's avatar
Oh btw I just remembered I'm not sure how about the art courses are in Dundee but there's quite a few developers up there too so might be convenient? :)
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Dundee? Is it near London? :P Sorry for my stupidity.
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LegendOfZeldaFanart's avatar
Oh sorry I forgot I was supposed to use my own account. XD
It's in Scotland dear. :)
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Riamu18's avatar
Riamu18|Hobbyist General Artist
Well I have no idea or not, but Oxford might have somthing, I'm not sure if it will but there's always a chance

:D
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Oh yeah, Oxford. Maybe it does have something.
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Riamu18|Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe, but I;m sure though, I'm sure it might

:D
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the-figtree|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Só na Inglaterra? Não sei se é o melhor lugar pro mercado.

Sempre li muito bem sobre a Gnomon, nos Estados Unidos; Ela é famosa na área de arte digital p/ jogos e cinema.

o/
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
É, Inglaterra porque simplesmente é lá que eu gostaria de morar :P Não sabia que a Gnomon dava aulas.
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the-figtree|Hobbyist Digital Artist
A gnomon é uma escola a pouco tempo (pouco mais de uma decada) e os professores são de star wars pra cima, heh :)

Eu já pude dar uma olhada em conteudos deles como video aulas (que podem ser compradas e baixadas pelo site) e são -muito- boas. Eles são bem referência mesmo...

E além do mais, é em hollywood, hehe 8) você não só não passaria a friaca da Inglaterra como o seu mercado estaria logo ao lado: O tal do vale do silício xD

Não sei o quão bom seria uma escola inglesa; eu sei que a frança tem um mercado bem razoavel pra jogos (a Ubisoft, por exemplo, é francesa). A Nintendo é japonesa, mas tem várias sedes nos EUA também...

Eu também tenho muita vontade de estudar no exterior, pena que é uma facada :P
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Eu não sou muito fã dos EUA, meu sonho é morar na Europa :P Por isso quero estudar lá. Eu tenho um vídeo do gnomon, ganhei de presente de um amigo - muito bom mesmo.
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Dragon-RKG|Student Digital Artist
I'm not from England but I go to the University for the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus and I'm studying Computer Animation with Digital Art. It's expensive but we're learning all the ins and outs and also digital and traditional art. Not sure if you'd be interested but we've got some of the best software. =3
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
It's not as specific as I wanted but maybe it'd be good :) Thanks for the advice!
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Dragon-RKG|Student Digital Artist
Sorry. Is there anything else you would like to know? ^_^UU
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Well, what do they teach there, specifically?
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kingmancheng|Professional Filmographer
Firstly education here for internationals especially is going to be expensive whether you like it or not. :(

I want to be a game artist too, butI hvaen't broken into industry yet, doing other little design jobs at the moment. I graduated from Loughborough University and my experience has been positive in my opinion. However I recommend not taking game courses or game art courses here unless they are really exceptional. Unfortunately a lot of 'game courses' here don't prepare you well for the games industry, of course I'm not speaking for all of them but be wary of being too specific.
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
Oh, I don't want a game art course. I want a digital art course :)
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kingmancheng's avatar
kingmancheng|Professional Filmographer
My course is a general illustration course with a bit of animation as opposed to digital art courses.
If you want specifically digital art courses I'm not as familiar with that because that's really quite specific.
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LuisaRafidi's avatar
What's the name of that illustration course?
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