Concept Art for Entertainment program (Postgraduate) (G407)

Concept Art for Entertainment
School of Design
St. James Campus
1 year (3 semesters)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Concept art is the most crucial stage in conceptualizing and driving the production process of video, games and film. Through a rigorous program of study, the 12-month graduate certificate in Concept Art for Entertainment at George Brown College will expand artists’ techniques and creativity, to transform written ideas into visual experiences.

Full Program Descriptions


Concept Design by Paul Leli - image of a fighter-style space craft

Image by faculty member Paul Leli.

The Concept Art for Entertainment program will train students to meet industry demand for concept artists and fine artists with a focus in entertainment fields. Strategically designed to provide specialized skills for graduates of Game Development, Interaction Design & Development and Graphic Design, the intensive curriculum emphasizes the development of artistic and direction techniques relevant to the industry, namely concept art production and visual conceptualization, in real-world scenarios.

Students will become proficient with production processes, defining art styles and drawing techniques by interpreting stories, character profiles and design documentation. Throughout their time in the program, students will assemble a personal portfolio, while designing and directing the art production for games and film. This experience will provide graduates with the necessary professional practices to enter the workforce or become entrepreneurs.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
CART1001 Visual Style and Presentation I
CART1002 Digital Painting I
CART1003 Surfaces and Materials I
CART1004 Character Design I
CART1005 Environment Design I
CART1006 Production Process I
CART1007 Production Project I


semester courses
Code Course Name
CART1011 Visual Style and Presentation II
CART1012 Digital Painting II
CART1013 Surfaces and Materials II
CART1014 Character Design II
CART1015 Environment Design II
CART1016 Production Process II
CART1017 Production Project II


semester courses
Code Course Name
CART2010 Studio Entrepreneurship
CART2020 Experiential Thesis

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

Concept art is an intense field that is highly competitive yet exceptionally rewarding. As the television and film industries shift in response to changing trends such as online access to traditionally aired content, the industry supplements its series and films with online and interactive content, which allows more opportunities and exposure.

Career Options 

Concept artists are employable within multiple fields such as film, television, interactive storytelling, gaming and animation. Potential job titles include:

  • Concept Designer
  • Environment Designer
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Illustrator
  • 2D Artist
  • World Builder

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

*Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the application questionnaire and submit a portfolio and resume electronically. Details on these supplementary requirements will be communicated at a later date to qualified applicants, as part of the review process. Qualified applicants may also be invited for an interview.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International (Visa) Students

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Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129


Game Development Program Co-ordinator: Jean-Paul Amore, ext. 3427 or

The School of Design is located at both 230 Richmond St. E. and 341 King St. E., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1L1.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options. Meet your friendly professors and staff. Experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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