"Great artists are NOT born
They are made"
At Cestar Collège - Syn Studio, we believe in the power of training over talent. Since 2007, we’ve been helping passionate and dedicated students master the fundamentals and learn high level design and digital illustration skills: The skills they now use professionally to create mind-blowing concepts and visuals for the next generation of entertainment media.
at World-Renowned companies including:
Cestar Collège - Syn Studio was ranked
The #1 School in North America for Concept Art and Illustration 3 Years in a Row
by The Rookies
Concept art is a quickly evolving field so it is critical that you learn from professionals who are working in the industry right now (and not five or ten years ago). Over a dozen top concept artists teach part time at Cestar Collège - Syn Studio so you can be directed, corrected, coached and mentored by the best in the industry right now!
Christian Robert de Massy
Christian Robert de Massy is one of the film industry’s best
kept secrets. He’s been working for the last 8 years as a freelance concept artist and
illustrator on films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Snow White and The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button. All without ever having put any artwork online (until now).
He’s known for his incredible speed and the beauty of his environment paintings and
he’s a popular teacher here at Cestar Collège - Syn Studio.
Sean Bigham is senior concept artist at Riot Games. Sean has worked for a variety of high profile clients including Digital Extremes, Activision and Atomic Cartoons. His designs have been featured in Warframe, Halo 4 Champions DLC bundle, Prototype 2 and other various unannounced projects.
Remko Troost has over 15 years of industry experience and is currently a Senior Concept Artist at Ubisoft Montreal. His designs appear in numerous AAA titles such as Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed Unity. His expertise in digital painting and concept art has been recognized with numerous awards and his work has been featured in prestigious art publications from Ballistic Publishing, Titan Books, Imagine FX, 2D Artist Magazine and Computer Arts. His is also an experienced and passionate instructor and we’re excited to have him on the Cestar Collège - Syn Studio team!
Pierre Raveneau is a senior concept artist at Ubisoft Montreal where he is working on an unannounced project. Prior to this, Pierre has worked for companies like Gameloft Madrid and Ubisoft Halifax on games such as Gods of Rome, Asphalt Xtreme, Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak and other unannounced projects. In addition to this, Pierre has also worked on several freelance projects for companies such as Square Enix, Applibot, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Alderac and Fantasy Flight Games, among others.
Xin Ran Liu
Xin Ran Liu is a concept artist and illustrator who has worked for several years in the video game industry and in publishing. He is currently lead artist and art director at Kitfox Games. His credits include Mafia Wars, Shattered Planet and Moon Hunters. He is also a popular teacher at Cestar Collège - Syn Studio.
Sergei Sarichev is a Matte Painter and Concept Artist at Mr.X. His Credits include: Monster Hunter, The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, Ad Astra, The Boys, Vikings, American Gods, Pet Cemetery, Vice and the Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair. His work has also been featured on the cover of Clarkesworld Magazine (Issue 126) and on book covers such as ‘Terminal’ by Noemie Gauthier.
Veronique Meignaud is a concept artist, designer and illustrator specializing in visual development for multimedia environments. In a career spanning over 12 years, she has worked for companies such as Ubisoft, 4U2C, Gameloft, Take Off, Arkane Studios, Steambot Studios, Wizards of the Coast and Electronic Arts on a variety of projects including Far Cry 4, Child of Light, Dishonored, Magic The Gathering and Monster Life. She has also worked on several large events such as concerts by Jean Leloup and Céline Dion as well as Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK. Veronique’s work has been published in magazines such as Imagine FX #56 and Advanced Photoshop #66, among others. Veronique is currently working as a senior artist and illustrator at Moment Factory.
Jessy Veilleux is the founder and creative director of Meduzarts,
a digital environment and character design studio, and the creative director of Digital
Dimension. Combining a background in fine arts with his passion for digital work, Jessy’s
unique approach and artistic eye has led to his work being featured in a lot of high profile
movies and video games such as StarWars, The Force Unleashed II, Avatar VG, 300, AION,
FallOut 3, SinCity, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen VG, Assassin’s Creed II, Prince
of Persia II and Mortal Kombat X, among others. Jessy has been teaching for 10 years at
Centre NAD in Montreal, where he was instrumental in creating the university’s first
digital matte curriculum. A recipient of several awards including the CG Talk choice
award and the XSI Gallery Award, Jessy’s work has been featured in several publications
such as Exposé 5, Mattepainting.org and the CG Channel.
Jeong H. Shin
Jeong H. Shin is currently a senior concept artist at Ubisoft. His unique designs can be seen in blockbuster titles such as For Honor, Watchdogs and Far Cry 3 and 4. He studied with world-renowned vehicle and entertainment designer Scott Robertson at Art Center College of Design. Robertson’s tutelage, as well as Shin’s own background in industrial, vehicle and entertainment design led him to tenure at General Motors as a senior creative designer. There, Shin designed two Chevrolet (Cruze and Sonic) vehicles that are currently on the road. While concept designer at Mattel, Shin designed cars for Hotwheels Battleforce 5, the animated series.
Nick Oroc is a senior concept artist at Ubisoft, Montreal. His credits include: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Rainbow Six (Lockdown, Vegas, Siege and more), Splinter Cell (Conviction and Blacklist), Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy, Far Cry Primal and Child of Light. Prior to this, Nick worked as a senior concept artist at Behaviour Interactive, where was involved in games such as WET, Iron Man and Rango. His artwork and tutorials have been published several times in 2dartist magazine and he has been a guest speaker at two Adapt Conferences (2008 and 2009). In addition to this, Nick was also a guest artist at the The Art of Games exhibition in Aosta, Italy and is an experienced teacher.
Eric Mannella is an award winning fine artist and the co-founder of Atelier de Brésoles. Eric holds an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art and is an inspiring teacher, having taught students of all ages for over 20 years. Eric has given artist talks and painting demonstrations at Concordia University, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, and Algonquin College, been a juror for the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada and was featured in the 2007 documentary film L’Art du Nu. In addition to this, he is also the recipient of a Forbes Foundation Travel Grant, the Prince of Wales Scholarship from the Prince of Wales Foundation and a merit scholarship from the New York Academy.
Aadi Salman is a concept artist and illustrator at Ubisoft Montreal. His credits include: Watchdogs 2, Farcry 4, and Rainbow Six Siege. Prior to this, Aadi worked at Volta Creations, and did freelance work as an illustrator and comic artist.
Our instructors have designed the characters, creatures, environments, props and vehicles for your favourite movies and games such as:
Cestar Collège - Syn Studio instructors and alumni are designing the characters, creatures, environments, vehicles and props for the world’s most exciting and top secret AAA video games and blockbuster films!
Cestar Collège - Syn Studio is an accredited private college. Our accreditation is at the highest possible level: the accrediting body being the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MES) We are the first and only school in Quebec that is licensed to give an AEC in Concept Art. The degree given is an attestation of college studies (AEC) and is an internationally recognized professional degree. Receiving the AEC signifies that the student is ready to enter the job market as a concept artist.
Cestar Collège - Syn Studio wishes to thank the dozens of top concept artists and educators worldwide who met with us to advise us in the creation of an elite concept art training program. In particular, we wish to give thanks to the legendary concept artist and world renowned educator Scott Robertson for generously donating his time and sharing his expertise with us on several occasions. We’d also like to thank the following artists and educators, mentioned in the “special thanks” sections of our application to the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MES), who officially participated in the process of developing and evaluating our program and application for accreditation.
Want to see the artwork you
could be creating at Cestar Collège - Syn Studio?
Check out our student artwork showcase.
Student Art Showcase