Concept Art for Film, Animation, and Games (Online)

Concept Art is an essential part of development for visual storytelling. Found in the early stages of film, animation, and game projects, this previsualization tool allows creators to imagine and explore cinematic moments through engaging illustrations. Through examination of influences, terminology, and techniques, students will select methods to create a suite of pre-production art emphasizing key story beats, characters, props, and environments. Visual research and documentation of the process will be emphasized, from moodboarding and early pencil sketches to polished illustrations using Photoshop. Synchronous meetings will focus on discussion, demonstration, and live critique. Students complete exercises and assignments contributing to the creation of a final portfolio that showcases narrative worldbuilding. Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the course. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will have a weekly synchronous meeting using Google Meet on Tuesdays from 7:00–8:30 p.m. CST. The course is project-based, with 2 to 3 deadlines per week. Course activities may include readings; video demonstrations and tutorials; online discussions; projects; and critiques. The workload of this course is roughly 8-10 hours per week, whether the course is being taken for credit or noncredit. 

Required software: Adobe Creative Cloud (provided by MCAD).

Required hardware: A computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud software, with internet access, a camera, and microphone. 

Required textbook:
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Register Before: September 22
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSMA 4800 20 FA21
Date Start: 
Monday, September 27, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, December 10, 2021
7:00–8:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Illustration and Comic Art
Online Classes