About Us

Founded in 2007, we are a private design school located in Pasadena, California, near the center of the animation, film and game industry.

At Concept Design Academy, we are committed in establishing a community where artists with passions for both traditional & entertainment arts can meet to develop their skills together.

Our goal is to strive in providing the best art and designs instruction available. We offer easy to follow foundational courses for aspiring artists and advance workshops for seasoned professionals.

All of our instructors are currently active & informed in their specialties. We intend to help equip our students with the necessary tools to reach their artistic & professional goals.

 

 

CDA Trimester Schedule

We run three semesters a year:

- Spring term usually starts on the first week of February
- Summer term usually starts on the first week of June
- Fall term usually starts on the last week of September

Enrollment generally starts one month before each semester.

 

 

Front entrance of our building. We are located down the hall in room 104.

Front entrance of our building. We are located down the hall in room 104.

Our Digital Media Room. Average Design class is between 16~20 students max.

Our Digital Media Room. Average Design class is between 16~20 students max.

John Watkiss' "Millenium Project" Mural displayed in our Digital Media Room.

John Watkiss' "Millenium Project" Mural displayed in our Digital Media Room.

Our Traditional Media Room. Average drawing or painting class is between 16~20 students max.

Our Traditional Media Room. Average drawing or painting class is between 16~20 students max.

 "Color & Lighting" class with Dan Cooper

 "Color & Lighting" class with Dan Cooper

Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with Peter Han and Patrick Ballesteros

Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with Peter Han and Patrick Ballesteros

Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with Peter Han & Patrick Ballesteros

Vis Com 1: Dynamic Sketching with Peter Han & Patrick Ballesteros

Intro to Form Language with John Park (In class "Kit Bash" design session)

Intro to Form Language with John Park (In class "Kit Bash" design session)

Intro to Character Design with Kevin Chen

Intro to Character Design with Kevin Chen

Sci Fi & Fantasy Illustation Workshop with Stephan Martiniere

Sci Fi & Fantasy Illustation Workshop with Stephan Martiniere

Story Illustration Workshop with Chris Appelhans

Story Illustration Workshop with Chris Appelhans

Film Character Design Workshop with Charlie Wen

Film Character Design Workshop with Charlie Wen

Digital Illustration Workshop with Jaime Jones

Digital Illustration Workshop with Jaime Jones