Concept Art Program

Develop the practical skills and build a head-turning portfolio from start-to-finish in as little as 12 months

About the program

These 4 progressively challenging courses place you on a custom-tailored track towards professional development. Starting with the first course, you will progress through the curriculum until all four courses are completed. You can sign up for each course individually as you make your way through the classes.

  • Course 1

  • Course 2

  • Course 3


    If worldbuilding is your language, this course is your dictionary. Worldbuilding will unlock the tools you need to develop profound ideas and execute on them to spec.

    This course focuses on developing design problem solving skills as well as their application while working with a client brief.

  • Course 4

    Career Development

    During this course, students continue to hone skills, enhance their portfolio, and outline career strategies. Every step of this process is guided by an illustration mentor, a highly vetted professional in the illustration industry.

    This course focuses on developing design problem solving skills as well as their application while working with a client brief.

Program Mentors

The entertainment & game arts is one of the fastest growing sectors of the visual arts industry. It’s never been more important to learn from highly skilled and experienced professionals and our concept art program is taught by premiere industry talent. Your mentors will help you develop creative abilities, techniques, and entrepreneurial skills. Each course features a different mentor, paired with a collection of top-notch guest speakers.

Concept designer and artist, Jon Neimeister


Fundamentals of Character Design

Taylor Fischer Concept Design character art


Advanced Concept Design

Fantasy art by Narges Jafari


Advanced Concept Design

Concept Artist and character designer, Viviane Kosty


Advanced Concept Design

Photo of concept artist, Lake Hurwitz


World Building

Guest Speakers


Each semester, the Concept Art Program features a minimum of 3 guest speakers. We invite industry leading artists for these events and students are invited to ask questions and observe the guest artist as they share their craft and career wisdom in real time.

Character design concept art for The Last of Us by Alexandria Neonakis

Alexandria Neonakis

Concept Artist & Illustrator

Digital concept art painting for Last of Us video game by Ashley Swidowski

Ashley Swidowski

Concept Artist & Illustrator

Omar Hesham

Character Artist (Model, Texture, Lookdev, Groom)


As a Concept Art Program student, you will also gain access to guest speakers featured in the Illustration Program as on-demand content.

Painting of a mermaid by fantasy artist, painter, and illustration, Ashly Lovett.

Ashly Lovett

Illustrator & Painter

Tim O'Brien illustration of Beyonce for Lemonade album

Tim O’Brien


Ed Binkley

Illustrator & Fantasy Artist

Mentorship Courses Start Date

Jan. 22, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Students only commit to one mentorship course per semester. Once you complete a course, you can register for the next course, to continue your progress in the mentorship program.

The Mentorship Program can be complete within a 12 month period. It is not unusual for students to repeat the final course in the program, Career Development, if they choose to have continued coaching from Visual Arts Passage mentors.

The Mentorship program is a "get out of it, what you put in" experience. That being said, our courses are structured to accommodate individuals with a busy schedule. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 3 hours for your live course and 2 hours to complete assignments and course work. We highly encourage students to commit more time if their schedule allows.

Mentorship courses enroll 4 times per year, during the winter, spring, summer, and fall semester. You can view the program calendar here.

We recommend that most students start with the first course in the Concept Art Program, Intro. to Concept Design. Highly experienced students may qualify to attend the second course in the program, Advanced Concept Design. If you are not sure, feel free to send your work to and a team member will get back to you with a recommendation shortly.

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