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FUNDAMENTALS OF VISUAL DEVELOPMENT

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LAY THE FOUNDATIONS TO BECOME
A CONCEPT ARTIST FOR ANIMATION
AND VIDEOGAMES

FUNDAMENTALS
OF VISUAL
DEVELOPMENT

Now available ONLINE!

COURSE DIRECTOR

Illustrator, cover artist

Born in Rome in 1974, Cristiano starts working as an illustrator in different fields, from poster designing to publishing industry and in cinema as “fashion illustrator”. He became a comic book artist by working on issue 18 of Demian (together with Maurizio Di Vincenzo), published in 2007. After working on 3 issues of “Magico Vento” on pencil drawings by Giuseppe Barbati, he joined the team of “Julia”(an Italia...

Visual Development Master courses are now available both onsite and online in live streaming

 

The online live streaming version is the same integral experience as the on-site version with the same features, including access to IDEA's recruiting services and to recruiting events as well. It will include dedicated platforms and channels to facilitate the delivery of assignments and communication with both your fellow students and your teachers.

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IDEA's Fundamentals of Visual Development course is the best way to start a career as an animator, concept artist, comic artist or illustrator, building students’ future success on a solid technical basis that will give them a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, environment, and moving dynamics. Students will also learn of all the fundamentals of character design, environment design and illustration for videogame and animation.

IDEA's Fundamentals of Visual Development course offers a practical and direct approach to drawing, taking as references both Baroque and Renaissance Masters as well as contemporary artists who use an artistic representation and interpretation of reality. The course will provide throughout the study that will allow students to be ready for the Visual Development Master Level 1. During this 9 months course, students will train their skills of observation and will learn how to draw in a detailed way both the human body and the world that surrounds it as well as apply their studies to character design, environment design and illustration. IDEA Academy is keen on offering the best and highest quality education in every field and the study of drawing is, like in the past, the first step to becoming next-gen artists and professionals.

“Experience is the only teacher we can rely on” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Experience is the only teacher in which we can trust.”  - Leonardo Da Vinci

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COURSE CONTENT

  • Observation

  • Composition

  • Dynamics and movement

  • Proportions

  • Lights and shadows

  • Anatomy

  • Construction and Volume

  • Color

  • Rendering

  • Character Design

  • Environment Design

  • Illustration

During the course, students will use life models who will change time and position depending on the exercise. The main part of exercises aims at teaching students how to observe, draw and build shapes which are the basic forms of objects, bodies, heads, etc... and then study values and tones and apply these principles to create illustrations, characters and environments.
Other very important topics are movement and mood, practiced both with the life model and through outdoors sketches. At IDEA Academy we are interested in teaching the students a deep understanding of form, construction and movement rather than how to make nice and glossy surfaces. This understanding is relevant not only for animation but for all kinds of artistic disciplines. This course is therefore an excellent base for further visual studies and to proceed to the Visual Development Master course. It is also relevant for visual professionals wishing to improve their drawing skills.
Another important topic is understanding atmosphere and movement by practicing drawing life models and en plain air.
In IDEA Academy we strongly believe we can offer all our students a precise keystone and a reliable method to make drawings in which construction and movement are at an high professional level.
Understanding these topics is important not only for a career in the entertainment field but also for other kinds of artistic paths. IDEA's Fundamentals of Visual Development course represents an excellent starting point to then deepen one’s artistic studies. Furthermore, it is of great importance for those professionals who want to enhance their drawing and designing skills.

OTHER ADVANTAGES

GUEST TEACHER WORKSHOPS

Additional to the classes, IDEA Academy also offers its students the great opportunity to attend exclusive lectures and webinars.

Furthermore, students have access to reserved discounts for workshops organized by IDEA with internationally renowned professionals working for Pixar, Dreamworks, Blizzard, Activision, Cartoon network and much more.


Please note that the availability of discounts reserved for IDEA's students changes depending on the workshop.

OTHER ACTIVITES

Being a student at IDEA Academy’s drawing course means that you will be given the chance to enter in a unique school in Italy where there is an important network of international professionals and teachers who are currently working as leading artists in their respective fields.
IDEA's staff is always available to offer portfolio reviews and helpful advice to students who would like to attend the Visual Development Master Level 1.

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MATERIALS

Students will learn to draw using different tools (both digital and traditional ones) in order to expand and refine their technical knowledge. Pencils, charcoal, ink and brushes will all be used during the course. The use of a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed and a graphic tablet are also necessary; students enrolled in the on-site courses are required to bring their own laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed and a graphic tablet, as the academy does not provide them.

ENROLLMENT DATES 2024/25

Enrollment start: March 2024
Enrollment deadline: subject to availability
Starts on: September 23rd, 2024
Ends on: June 16th, 2025

LESSON SCHEDULE

CLASS A (ON SITE*)

 

Mondays:          10AM - 1PM CET/CEST
Wednesdays:     10AM - 1PM CET/CEST

Fridays:             10AM
 - 1PM CET/CEST

CLASS B (ONLINE)

 

Mondays:          2PM - 5PM CET/CEST
Wednesdays:     2PM - 5PM CET/CEST

Fridays:             2PM - 5PM CET/CEST

CLASS C (ONLINE)

Mondays:          7PM - 10PM CET/CEST
Wednesdays:     6PM - 9PM CET/CEST

Fridays:             7PM - 10PM CET/CEST

IMPORTANT: The school reserves the right to change the course's schedule

* Please note that during on-site courses, the lessons of some teachers will take place online but students are still allowed to come to the academy to connect and take lessons with their classmates

COST 

The cost of the course is the following:

ONLINE

ON SITE

The sum is to be paid as follows:

  • Enrollment:             1100 € (VAT included) to be paid at the enrollment

  • First installment:      1100 € (VAT included) to be paid within September 23rd, 2024

  • Second installment: 1100 € (VAT included) to be paid within January 15th, 2025

  • Third installment:     1100 € (VAT included) to be paid within April 15th, 2025

The sum is to be paid as follows:

  • Enrollment:             1400 € (VAT included) to be paid at the enrollment

  • First installment:      1100 € (VAT included) to be paid within September 23rd, 2024

  • Second installment: 1100 € (VAT included) to be paid within January 15th, 2025

  • Third installment:     1100 € (VAT included) to be paid within April 15th, 2025

  • € 1100 annual enrollment fee (VAT included)

  • € 3300 tuition fee (VAT included)

  • € 1400 annual enrollment fee (VAT included)

  • € 3300 tuition fee (VAT included)

Alternative payment solutions can be arranged with the school

COURSES FEATURES

ON-SITE

  • Access to recruitment activities

  • Access to post-course assistance

  • Student pass (that grants discounted access to some events, like Annecy Fair)

  • Free extra lectures with Recruiters and Professional

  • Welcome package

  • Museums and outdoor Drawing sessions in Rome most interesting sites

  • Live events, e.g. Christmas Party

ONLINE

  • Access to recruitment activities

  • Access to post-course assistance

  • Student pass (that grants discounted access to some events, like Annecy Fair)

  • Free extra lectures with Recruiters and Professional

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