Concept Art_

Evening Short Course
Length of Course: 5 Weeks
Course Price: R6 900

Payment Options

Next Class Starts: 26 September 2022
Virtual and On-Campus
Meet your lecturers_
Andrew Avvakoumides. Head of Concept Art Course
Andrew Avvakoumides

Andrew is a pioneer of concept art education as an academic field in South Africa.

Please note all our lecturers work as a team, and are booked based on their independent schedules. As such, course allocations are subject to change.

Learn to create art for the film, video game and animation industries.

Concept art can be defined as a form of illustration that is used to convey an idea before it is put into final production. It is not only used to design the objects, characters, vehicles and environments that feature in these productions, but the skills often extend into standalone illustration.

Techniques covered in this course are basic conceptualisation skills, perspective, drawing, anatomy and digital painting. A large portion of the course is devoted to working in Photoshop and mastering digital painting techniques, from the fundamentals such as basic form construction and texturing to more complex ideas like working with color and light. Students will use graphic tablets to do class exercises to build up a solid set of fundamentals and then apply these skills in exercises designing objects, characters and environments. Students are taught different workflows for completing concept art including drawing based workflows, designing with silhouettes, incorporating photo textures and overpainting.

This evening class is for the visually inclined. It is for anyone that would like to develop the visual awareness, imagination and technical skills to help them visualise and render ideas. It is for anyone that has marveled at digital art and now wants to take steps in creating their own.

In this course you will learn the following skills:

Getting The Foundations | Introduction | Penmanship Exercises | Perspective Fundamentals | Sketching Freeform Perspective | Anatomy

Core Concepts | Intro to Digital Painting | Creating a Core Brush Set | Basic Form Creation | Simple Concept Art Workflow | Simulating

Textures and Materials | Light Studies | Working with Values | Translating to Colour | Working with Silhouettes

Advanced Techniques | Environments | Painting in Colour | Master Studies | Analytical Studies | Guest Speaker

I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It has been such a significant experience for me because I have never been surrounded with so many people as excited about Concept Art as I am. I’d recommend this course to as many people as I can.

Kalynne Forster
Course Attendee

Great start to begin concept art, really opened my eyes to how objects are created using different values of grey. 10/10. Would recommend to others.

Wesley du Preez
Graphic Designer

A++ for Andrew being the most enthusiastic teacher and knowing his stuff.

Kira Ihlein
Course Attendee

Most focused drawing/painting course I’ve been to, could feel myself improve. Loved it, you’re a brilliant lecturer.

Tessa Wessels
Course Attendee
Facts, Figures and FAQ.

Course Requirements: Adobe Photoshop

In order to join this course it’s essential that you have knowledge of, and experience with Adobe Photoshop.

If you’re on-campus, you’ll need to know how to use a computer but, other than that, just bring yourself, a notebook and pen. We provide the machines and the software.

If you’re virtual, You’ll need to have a computer and know how to use it. In addition you will also need a stable internet connection.

What do you receive with the course?
You will receive an Academy of Digital Arts Certificate of Completion.

An ADA email address and 1 terabyte of storage.

Course Price: R6 900 per student

2022 On-Campus Schedule

20 June – 20 July

5 September – 5 October

Monday – Wednesday, 18h00 – 20h30 

2022 Virtual Schedule


Monday – Wednesday, 18h00 – 20h30

Classes on a public holiday will shift to the next available date, arranged by the lecturer.

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Location: Academy of Digital Arts, 186a Bree Street

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*We are still accepting Late Applications to study Graphics, Web, Game or Concept Art in 2021.


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Next Open Day: 1st of October
Time: 10:00 for 10:30am
Location: On Campus
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Space is limited so don’t forget to book your spot! 
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