Entertainment Design

A one year track of courses designed to help aspiring artists develop their portfolios for careers in the entertainment industry

  • One year of full-time study
  • Core foundation for aspiring 2D and 3D artists
  • Industry relevant curriculum and training
  • Invaluable networking and career guidance

What is Entertainment Design?

The films you watch, the TV shows you follow and the games you play are made by people who, for the most part, work at studios. Many people, with many specialties, collaborate on the production of what we define as entertainment. Within these studios are thousands of artists who draw, paint, sculpt, design and use specialized computer programs for 2D and 3D work such as Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk Maya.

Over the past decade, the entertainment industry has continued to grow with a steady demand for more qualified artists. As the entertainment industry matures and audiences demand an ever increasing level of realism, studios spend more money on qualified people. If you can draw, you have the potential to be one of those people. But potential needs to be developed into skill. Skill needs to be developed into a portfolio. A portfolio needs to be distributed through a network.

The growing entertainment industry represents an opportunity for artists unlike anything we have seen in the past hundred years. If you like to draw, believe that you have potential, and dream of one day working on the next Starcraft, Bioshock, Battlestar Gallactica, Lord of the Rings, Transformers or Wall-E, don’t let anyone tell you that it is not a real job. Because it most definitely is.

Gnomon was founded as a professional training center for students looking to advance their studies within the visual effects industry. We specialize in supplying students and professionals with the skills they need to succeed in animation and effects for film, broadcast and games. All of our courses are open to individuals with the necessary background or prerequisites.

Ideal candidates for professional studies are individuals who are:

  • Considering advanced skills in effects, animation, game art or high-end visualization
  • Considering a career specialty and need a customized track of courses to enhance employability
  • Working industry professionals who want to learn specific skills or software

Launched in 1998, the Gnomon CG Certificate Program has recently celebrated ten years of helping students enter the entertainment industry with graduates placed at most of Hollywood’s top studios. This program is designed to provide students with an in-depth technical and artistic understanding of the tools used in the visual effects, film, broadcast and gaming industries. Since its inception, Gnomon has adhered to a strict traditional drawing/design portfolio requirement for admission. It is for this reason that our placement rate is 100%*. It is also for this reason that Gnomon's criteria for admission is so high. Every term we reject applicants whose drawing skills show potential, however, are undeveloped. The Entertainment Design track offers an opportunity for students to develop their portfolios for admission. It suffices to say that we, and the industries that we serve, strongly believe that the best 3D artists have strong drawing and design skills.

*As required by national accreditation standards of the Council of Occupational Education.

Industry Approved Curriculum

Gnomon's Entertainment Design Track consists of twenty intensive drawing and design courses. Each class develops the student's knowledge, technique, and understanding of the creative process.

  • Term One

    • Photoshop for Digital Production
    • Figure Drawing
    • Overview of Visual Effects and Games
    • Perspective
    • Visual Communications 1
    • Art History 1
  • Term Two

    • Visual Communications 2
    • Anatomy
    • Costumed Figure Drawing
    • Graphic Design
    • Character Sculpture 1
    • Art History 2
  • Term Three

    • Zoological Drawing
    • Storyboarding
    • Character Design
    • Product Design
    • Color Theory and Light
    • Design History
  • Term Four

    • Digital Painting
    • Creature Design
    • Environment Design
    • Vehicle Design
    • Character Sculpture 2
    • Film History

*Sample curriculum, subject to change


Over more than a decade, Gnomon has collaborated with many of the industry's top talent. It is through these relationships that we guarantee the quality of our programs. Our Advisors consists of professional artists who have proven their commitment to helping aspiring artists enter the industry.

  • Jonathan Berube
    World of Warcraft, Diablo III, StarCraft: Ghost, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

  • Dylan Cole
    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Daredevil, I, Robot

  • David Levy
    Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Turok, The Red Star

  • Fausto de Martini
    World of Warcraft, StarCraft II

  • Iain McCaig
    Star Wars: Episodes One, Two and Three, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Peter Pan

  • Jerry O'Flaherty
    Gears of War, Thundercats, Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict, Anachronox

  • Neville Page
    Cloverfield, Avatar, Star Trek, Watchmen, Hulk 2

  • Ben Procter
    Avatar, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix Revolutions, Superman Returns

  • Aaron Sims
    Terminator 3, AI, Constantine, Fantastic 4, The Golden Compass, I Am Legend

  • Feng Zhu
    Lucasfilm, Disney, Blur Studio, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Warner Brothers


  • Tuition: $4,100 per term (4 terms over 1 year)
  • Total Cost: $16,400


To register, please contact our admissions department at 323-466-6663. The Entertainment Design track is available for students to begin every quarter.

Artwork samples are recommended — view our portfolio guidelines. Please send your samples one of the following ways:

  • Via email to Admissions: admissions@gnomonschool.com
  • In person during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 6 pm
  • By mail:
    Attention Admissions
    Gnomon School of Visual Effects
    1015 North Cahuenga Blvd,
    Hollywood CA, 90038


Artwork by instructor Charles Hu

"Gnomon's classes are well-rounded, their content well thought out and their recruiting and business practices beyond reproach." - Frank Gladstone, Dreamworks, SKG Animation

Artwork by Entertainment Design advisor Feng Zhu

"I found Gnomon to be one of the few, if not the only school, with a thorough understanding of the needs the industry has concerning the education of 3D artists." - Henrik Fett, Look Effects

Artwork by Entertainment Design advisor Iain McCaig

"I received a better education, critiques and support in the year I was at Gnomon than the four years at what is said to be an excellent art school”" - Tefft Smith II, Gnomon Alumni

Artwork by Entertainment Design advisor David Levy