Student Art: Natalie Jerabek

CG Fundamentals

/Online/16 Weeks/certificate

Held entirely online, this short and intensive program allows students to grasp the fundamentals of CG art. A great stepping stone to more advanced education, this program helps newer artists identify which part of the industry they'd like to specialize in.


Program overview

Taught through Think Tank’s interactive platform, Portal, this program combines prerecorded tutorials, collaborative workshops, and personalized instruction to teach students the basic technical and conceptual skills necessary to develop a finished asset.

Along with providing you with a fundamental understanding of how to create CG Art, you’ll also leave with a
firm understanding of the potential career opportunities that exist in Film, TV, and Games.

By the end of CG Fundamentals, you’ll be equipped with the skills and credentials to pursue Think Tank’s more advanced programs that begin in the Intermediate term such as CG Asset Portfolio Production & Pre-Production (Online).

Who it's for

This program is for artists looking to take a comprehensive deep dive into the basics of CG remotely. Students must be ready to dedicate at least 40-60 hours a week to their studies. Working while studying is not recommended.

Software we'll provide

  • PhotoshopPhotoshop
  • MayaMaya
  • MudboxMudbox
  • MariMari
  • UVLayoutUVLayout
  • V-RayV-Ray

Youโ€™ll create a high quality CG Asset

Spend the last part of your program developing a fully rendered 3D asset based on an original 2D concept. These final projects help students determine their preferred specializations and career paths:

Eldar Seydamet

Eldar Seydamet

Diego Aguilar

Diego Aguilar

Nicolette Battad

Nicolette Battad

Ayana Sawada

Ayana Sawada

Hanyang Zhang

Hanyang Zhang

Chiara Cuccuru

Chiara Cuccuru

16-week program

Term 1

Start with the basics. From texturing, lighting, compositing, rendering, asset creation and more…this term is designed to train you in the most essential facets of 3D modeling. In addition, you’ll be introduced to (and ultimately do a deep dive in) the software tools you’ll be using when working in the industry. 

The courses you’ll take in CG Fundamentals will emphasize and enhance your organization, flexible thinking and problem solving skills. In just 16 weeks, you’ll become an extremely well-rounded artist, with a strong inkling towards a potential specialization should you choose to continue your education.

  • / Introduction to Maya
  • / Look Development
  • / 3D Modeling Fundamentals
  • / Texturing
  • / Final Project
Art by Soumya Verma
Student Art: Soumya Verma
Why Think Tank?

Personalized Fast-paced Hands-on Anywhere

  • Portal

    Your virtual home base. Connect with classmates, your supervisor, take in live sessions, and explore the student gallery.

  • Weekly challenges

    Utilize training materials, such as video, software screen capture, exercises, resources, and assignments. 

  • Peer learning

    Take part in live question-and-answer sessions with your classmates and supervisor to share your ideas.

  • Small classes

    Each class has a max of eight students. This means less theory, less waiting, more collaboration, and more feedback.

  • 24/7 access

    Throughout your program, you’ll get 24/7 access to all recorded live sessions and proprietary training materials.

  • Leave with results

    At the end of the day, walk away with a final project that you’ll proudly add to your portfolio, resumé, and bedroom wall.

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Student Art: Garistyn Howard
Tuition & Start Dates

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๐Ÿ“ฃ Tuition is increasing for select Online programs. Apply by October 1, 2024, to get the current rate.ย ย ย Learn more.

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