Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Architecture for World Building" with Gabriel Yeganyan~!!

*** NEW CLASS UPDATE - "Architecture for World Building" with Gabriel Yeganyan~!! ***

Hi Everyone,

Want to learn how to create rich, believable environments that tells a story about the culture and the people who created them?

In this intermediate design course, Gabriel will go over the fundamental components of various architectural types in history and learn how to apply these ideas to evoke depth of history/storytelling in your design images. 

During the class, Gabriel will survey the common building types from different cultures and at different historical periods (Ancient, Medieval, Recent). Through the studies and concept sketches the class will break down a new type of architecture each week and explore how to use these studies to create new concept designs. 

This is an important course for anyone who wants to learn more about designing architectures and give their design work an extra level of layering and history.

Sign up soon and join us next Monday, June 5th for the first day of class :)

Kevin Chen 

Concept Design Academy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"3 Days Composition Workshop" with Marshal Vandruff on June 2, 3, & 4~!!!

Hi Everyone,

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


This is a yearly workshop not to be missed as Marshall is one of the best at teaching the craft and design language of visual storytelling.

It is one of the most foundation workshop we offer at CDA. Because of this, we have pushed our Summer semester to start after this event to allow all of our students to attend without schedule conflicts with their regular classes.

Sign up soon and hope to see you at the event~!!

Concept Design Academy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Human & Mechs" with Carlo Arellano~!!!

Carlo Arellano is back this Summer to teach his "Human & Mechs" class at CDA~!!


This is a great class for character and prop designers to learn how to design characters with iconic tools and technology they created that reflects their culture and needs.

Carlo is a very experienced designer in both game and film industry. Sign up soon and join us for the Summer to build your design portfolio together~!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CDA Summer 2017 Brochure Released~!!

Hi Everyone,

Our Summer 2017 brochure have been released and public enrollment started today on May 2nd~!!

To enroll, please visit our online store at:

For the latest enrollment status update, visit our status page at:

We have an exciting line up of great classes and workshops coming up. Space is limited, sign up soon and hope we will see you in the coming Summer term~!!

Kevin Chen
Concept Design Academy

Summer 2017 Enrollment Status (Updated 8/1/17 2:30PM)

- None -

Analytical Figure Drawing (Sun) with Kevin Chen - Full
Analytical Figure Drawing (Wed) with Kevin Chen - Full 
Animal Anatomy with Brynn Metheney - Full 
Architecture for World Building with Gabriel Yeganyan - Full 
Character & Costume Design with Joshua James Shaw - Locked
Cinematic Storyboard 1 with Jay Oliva - Full 
Color and Lighting with Dan Cooper & Christina Cooper - Full
Composition & Cinematography with Bill Perkins  - Full
Costumed Gesture Drawing with Kirk Shinmoto - Full 
Environment Design for Games with Tu Bui - Full 
Figure Drawing with the Reilly Method with Mark Westermoe - Full
Gouache Color Study with Peter Chan - Full 
Head & Hands Drawing with Kevin Chen - Full
Human and Mechs with Carlo Arellano - Locked
Intro to Character Design with Kevin Chen - Full 
Intro to Digital Painting with Bryan Lee & David Merritt - Full 
Intro to Form Language with John Frye - Locked
Intro to Perspective with Polina Hristova - Full
Intro to Storyboard with Alan Wan - Full 
Key Frame Illustration with Alex Mandradjiev - Full 
Landscape Painting with Shae Shatz - Locked
Sketching for Environment with James Finch - Full
Story Development for Animation with Tron Mai - Full 
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (morning) with P. Ballesteros - Full
Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching (afternoon) with P. Ballesteros - Full
ZBrush Character Creation with Xander Smith - Locked

Cinematic Storyboard with Ben Juwono - Full
Vis. Dev. for Animation with Assaf Horowitz - Full

3 Days Composition Workshop with Marshall Vandruff  - Locked
Cinematic Set Design with Samuel Michlap - Locked
Archetypes & Story Structure with Ryan Meinerding - 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. ***)