(*** The guideline information in this section only applies to students who wish to enroll into the "Advanced" level classes offered at CDA. For all other "Foundation", "Intermediate Design", "Digital" and "Monthly Workshops", there are no portfolio review required to enroll. ***)


The goal of the advanced class portfolio review is to help make sure the students applying have the strong base skill set needed to get the most out of the upper level classes.

For the advanced classes, it is targeted at students who already have a strong draftsmanship in drawing and painting and is familiar with the concept of designing for storytelling and function. The students should have already generated a volume of work/projects through the intermediate design classes and is in need to take a more advanced class where they will be pushed further by an experienced mentor.


The advanced class instructors will then take the selected students through a strict training with higher quality standards to push the students on the finer points of design choices, professional attitude and work flow efficiency.

In general, the foundation and intermediate design classes are better if you want to see more demos and process. The advanced classes tend to have less demos and focuses more on training and challenging students to be ready for a professional studio environment. 

The portfolio review is also designed to promote a positive competition for students to work harder. Due to this, the instructor will pick the top students that have the highest quality of skill, ideas or strongest work ethic into the class to create an interesting class dynamics.

If this sounds like something you are ready for and want to take your designs to another level, we would love to see you work submission :)




Please post your work samples on dropbox or blogspot and send us your portfolio link for easy review. To get a free dropbox account, you can visit dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/
For a free blogspot account, you can visit blogspot at https://www.blogger.com/start  

If you already have a website featuring your recent works, that will work for the review too. 

Unfortunately we will not be able to review physical portfolios or e-mail images.

  *** Before we can review your portfolio, we will need to collect your tuition payment in full as a deposit. If you do not get accepted after the review, we will refund the tuition deposit back to your credit card or Paypal account in full. ***




The portfolio review will take place once a week, every Saturday. The cut off time for portfolio submission is on Saturday, 6PM PST every week until the class is full. The first submission deadline is on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 6PM PST.




You can send your portfolio link to contact@conceptdesignacad.com





Bellow are the portfolio submission requirements for each advanced classes: 




Visual Development is focused on creating interesting visual direction for storytelling that will need to be follow through in all aspect of the production (Character, Environment, Props, Lighting, Color, etc.). Due to this, we need to make sure the students have a strong drawing and painting foundation and are comfortable to working in multiple areas of disciplines so they can get the most out of the class.

-  Portfolio samples showing your current skill level in character design (show at least one sample in color).

-  Portfolio samples showing your current skill level in interior/exterior environments design (show at least one sample in color).

-  Portfolio samples showing your current skill level in prop design.

-  Any additional samples of your best work showcasing your personal style & what you like to draw for yourself. It can be studies from life or personal design work.


Cinematic Storyboard is focused on training and preparing students for the exciting field of storyboarding for modern TV animation. Due to the drawing skills needed to create the storyboards, this class requires the students to possess the ability to draw character poses from imagination and be familiar with storyboard shot basics before taking this course. Because of the amount of time it takes to create storyboard sequences, we ask students to reserve 20+ hours of homework time per week for this class.

For your portfolio submission, we would like to see examples of:

- 1 completed storyboard sequences showing your current ability and experience in storyboarding.

- Extra artwork samples showing your sketching and gestural drawings abilities (No finish illustrations needed. Quick sketches preferred.)

(*** Please upload your storyboards in the correct order onto a free dropbox account and send us a link where we can view your storyboard sequences. Or you can also upload your storyboard to your blog or youtube and send us a link to view it. Please do not send us your full storyboard files through e-mail. Thanks. ***)



If you are only missing 1 or 2 art samples, just do your best and include what you have (best work). The instructor will be able to judge based on your artwork to see if you are ready for the class.

If you have a lot of required artwork missing or don't have enough quantity to put into your portfolio submission, this might indicate you will still need to focus more on the foundation or intermediate classes to build your drawing, painting, or design mileage.

In this case, you can use the portfolio submission guideline above to help you know what areas you still need to work on before trying again for the advanced class.



Please allow us 1~2 weeks to get back to you on your portfolio review results. If your portfolio is a first pick, you will be notified right away. If your portfolio requires more time to review, the instructor might choose to hold your portfolio one more week to compare with the next batch of submissions in the following week. But, the decision will be made within the 2 weeks (usually sooner).