Syn Studio Concept Art School

Syn Studio Concept Art School

Art instruction, Concept Art, Illustration, and Traditional Drawing and Painting

About School

Syn Studio Concept Art School, Montreal, specializes in teaching concept art and illustration for the entertainment industry. For over 10 years, Syn Studio has been helping aspiring artists of all skill levels achieve their artistic dreams through their affordable online and onsite drawing, painting, concept art, and illustration classes as well as their Full-Time Programs. The online art classes and programs offered are designed to help you improve your artistic skills dramatically in as little as 10 weeks! Syn Studio was recently ranked the world’s top-ranked concept art and illustration school for 2020 (ranked by The Rookies).

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Syn Studio is located on Sainte Catherine Street in the heart of downtown Montreal. The school has 4 classrooms in total plus a reception area, lounge, kitchen and a bathroom. One of the 4 classrooms, along with the lounge area, is exclusively reserved for the Concept Art Diploma Program Students


Syn Studio's teaching faculty is made up of top concept artists, illustrators, and art directors currently working in the industry. They are at the forefront of cutting-edge techinques and pipelines so they can teach what's relevant in the industry today. Some of faculty members include: Christian Robert de Massy (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Snow White and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, among others). Sean Bigham (Warframe, Valorant and other unannounced projects). Pierre Raveneau (Gods of Rome, Asphalt Xtreme, Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak and other unannounced project). Remko Troost (Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed Unity, among others). Jianli Wu (NBA Elite 11, World Cup 10, and, FIFA 10, among others).

Employment Rates

Syn Studio’s recent diploma graduates are working as concept artists and illustrators at top companies such as Ubisoft, Behaviour Interactive, WB Games, Beenox, Ludia, Square Enix, Digital Dimension, Virtuous, Kabam, Volta, Oasis Animation, Moment Factory and WB Games, among others.

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork Syn Studio students produce during their education.

Randi Sanchez

I've always wanted to create video games, they are the reason of my journey.

Jenny Wang

I will create high-level designs for the development team: from the first drafts, over technical drawings, to stunning marketing illustrations for the entertainment industry. I am interested in both A...

Marina Serra

I have always been interested in the video game industry, but coming from a small city in Brazil, I didn't have many opportunities to explore a career in this field. After coming to Montreal, I starte...

Maria Schepochkina

I have always been obsessed with painting. But I realized that I want to be a concept artist when I saw first-time inspirable concept arts for the Elder Scrolls online.

Vladimir Mokry

I always loved making games. When I was a kid I made paper games for my brother, during high school drew maps and illustrations for DnD sessions, and later at university, I created the educational mob...

FRED (Kwun To) LAM

When I was 5, my family got a personal computer and that changed everything.. I would always be playing with mspaint and flash; drawing and making animation shorts of Pokémon or anime characters. Once...

Léna Labonté

When I was 18, during my first year of prepa at Bellecour school of art, they talk to me about the job of concept artist and I realised it was my dream job.

Ismael Paddack Trudel

It must have been when I was like 8 or 9, I was playing a PSP game, called Crash Mind over Mutants, and in the game you could unlock concept art, and I loved looking at it. I think that was the first ...

Allan Martin Dos Santos - Concept Artist, Virtuos

My experience at Syn Studio was a turning point for my concept art career. I chose the school because I knew that Montreal was not only affordable but also a hub for the entertainment industry. I had always had a hard time with discipline and not having a structure that would allow me to focus and progress. Syn Studio helped me find the missing pieces of this big puzzle. The teachers were professionals with real world experience, most from working in the industry at major entertainment studios. In addition, the majority of the students shared the same goal, so the friendly competition from seeing passionate people around me improving really pushed me through the frustrations of learning and producing art. In the end though, the real value from the school came from what I was able to put in and especially from the people I met. I was lucky enough to leave with a concept art job at a AAA game studio and fantastic lifetime friendships.


Syn Studio offers affordable traditional drawing, painting, and concept art and illustration courses for students of all skill levels. The courses offered at the school are designed based on the current industry trends and requirements. The course curriculum is continuously evaulated and updated to ensure that the students learn the latest techniques and processes used by top artists currently working in the industry. The opportunity to study with some of the industry's very best from anywhere in the world without costing an arm or a leg makes our courses an attractive option for students and sets them apart from other training providers.

Art Bootcamp

Syn Studio's Art Bootcamp is fast paced training program designed to help aspiring concept artists and illustrators. By taking this program, you can strengthen your fundamentals and improve your art skills, get accepted into the elite diploma programs (such as the Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program), land an industry job and win lucrative art contracts!
Duration: 10/20 weeks or more | Pricing Details: $1799/3399 USD

Concept Art Diploma Program

The Syn Studio Concept Art Diploma Program is an elite 18 month training program where you will receive all the tools, techniques, training, skills and strategies required to build a killer concept art portfolio and get hired as a concept artist in the entertainment industry. This is a very intensive training where you will develop your design and illustration skills while working in an industry environment, under the direct supervision of an instructor who will act as your art director.
Duration: 18 months | Pricing Details: $35,995 CAD

Online Art Classes

Learn drawing, painting, concept art, illustration and comic-making online from top industry professionals at the most affordable prices! Online Art Classes feature live class instruction, access to recorded videos and personalized feedback from the instructor.
Duration: 10 weeks | Pricing Details: 385 USD | Intake Dates: Every term

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