Saturday, July 27, 2019

"Digital Illustration" with Ruan Jia on Aug. 10th~!!!

Last workshop for Summer 2019 at CDA. Sign up soon and come join us for the event :)

UPDATE - Workshop is currently sold out with no one on the waiting list yet.

You can purchase a waiting list ticket if you would be interested to be contacted for any last minute cancellation openings:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Announcement: CDA at Lightbox Expo 2019~!!!

Concept Design Academy will be joining the Lightbox Expo this Sept. 6~8th. Make sure to stop by and visit us at our booth to check out artworks and live demos~!!

More news to be announced, stay tuned~!!

Friday, June 7, 2019

New "Storyboard for TV Animation" with Sam Szymanski on Saturday, June 15th~!!

Hi Everyone,

We have great news to announce~!!

Due to the large demand for storyboard classes this Summer, we are opening a second Storyboard for TV Animation" class taught by Samuel Szymanski starting up next Saturday, June 15th (2PM~6PM).

Enrollment link:

For some samples of Samuel's work, you can find them here on his website at:

Space is very limited, so sign up soon~ Hope to see you this Summer at CDA~!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

PS - We also have 1 last spot available for the Friday "Cinematic Storyboard" with Jay Oliva in case anyone is interested:

Friday, May 31, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

"3 Day Composition Workshop" with Marshall Vandruff starting this Friday, May 31st~!!!

*** "3 Day Composition Workshop" with Marshall Vandruff starting this Friday~!! ***

Date -       May 31st, June 1st, & 2nd, 2019
Time -       7pm ~ 11pm (Fri)               
                  2pm~6pm (Sat & Sun
Tuition -    $360
Location - 55 Waverly Dr. Ste 104, Pasadena, CA 91105

Enrollment Link:

Hi Everyone,
Marshall Vandruff is returning this Summer to teach his "3 Day Composition Workshop" at CDA~!!

This is an once in a year event not to be missed as Marshall is well regarded by many professionals and students alike as one of the best instructor on the complex subject of composition and image making.

This is one of the most important workshops we offer at CDA and it is a great lesson for anyone interested in visual storytelling. The topic of balancing/pacing the abstract and literal visual elements directly applies to all aspect of storytelling decisions we make as an image maker/designers.
Sign up soon and see you this weekend~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Summer 2019 Enrollment Status (Updated 8/9/19 4:30PM)


Digital Illustration with Ruan Jia - Last Spot~!!

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Fri) with Kevin Chen - Full
Architecture for World Building with Gabriel Yeganyan - Locked
Background Design for Animation with Khang Le - Full
Character Design 2 with Kevin Chen & Joshua James Shaw - Full 
Cinematic Storyboard with Alan Wan - Full
Cinematic Storyboard with Jay Oliva - Full
Color and Lighting with Dan Cooper & Christina Cooper - Full
Figure Invention for Animation with Glen Murakami - Full
Gouache Color Study with Angela Sung & Michelle Lin - Full
Head & Figure Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Intro to Anatomy and Drapery with Marshall Vandruff - Full
Intro to Animation with Spencer Wan - Full 
Intro to Character Design with Phil Bourassa - Full  
Intro to Creature Design with Polina Hristova - Locked
Intro to Digital Painting with Sherwin Abesamis - Locked
Intro to Environment Design with Nicholas Schumaker - Locked
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - Full 
Intro to Story Development with Donna Lee - Full
Key Frame Illustration with Alex Mandradjiev - Full
Sketching for Environment with Ed Li & James Hegedus - Full
Storyboard for TV Animation (Tues) with Ben Juwono & Trey Buongiorno - Full
Storyboard for TV Animation (Sat) with Sam Szymanski - Full
Vehicle & Mechs with Darren Quach & John Frye - Locked 
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with Yves Yumol & Andrew Cano - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with Patrick Ballesteros - Full

Vis Dev for Animation with James Finch - Locked
ZBrush Character Creation with May Thamtarana - Locked

3 Day Composition Workshop (May 31, June 1 & 2) with Marshall Vandruff - Locked
Bring Background Art Forward with Aymeric Kevin - Full

(*** For all Full classes or workshops, there is a waiting list available. Sign up if you wish to be notified when there are any last minute openings from cancellations. Thanks. ***)