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Character Design for Film & Games

Create & stylize character from Pre-production to Production including gesture drawing using Adobe Photoshop Software

Course Detail

Course Details

Award : Certificate of Completion

Duration: 36 hours

Course Schedule: 12 weeks / Every Saturday

Topics Covered

  • Highlight the importance of anatomy.
  • Building Blocks/Forms/ Shape Design, (Cylinders, cubes, and sphere) for basic anatomy.
  • Importance of storytelling in a character and use of color
  • 2 Pipelines – Character Design pre-production to production gesture drawing (drawing the lines that have meaning).
  • Basic proportions of the body and few general tips on the conceptualization
  • Fundamentals of poses
  • Anatomy basics face (proportions)
  • Stylize and create keyplates for a character
  • Silhouette, character positioning, and understanding shape.
  • Work with a tone, color, and light drapery, materials, render tips
  • Facial expressions, skin color, weapon and tool design
  • Rendering and posing the final character

Entry Requirements

  • Age: 16 years old and above recommended
  • Open to all Singapore Residents (Including citizens, PR, LTVP Holders)

Learning Outcomes

  • Designing a character based on a story
  • Understanding and developing poses for characters
  • Designing character emotions
  • Create imaginative, convincing, and believable characters through spontaneous imagination and creativity.

Software Taught

  • Photoshop



ParticularsFull FeesSingaporeans 40 Yrs Old and AboveSingaporeans Below 40 Yrs & SPRSME Sponsored Singaporeans & PR
Subsidy (Grant) in %0%up to 90%up to 70%up to 90%
Fees (Inclusive of 7% GST) (S$)$2354$374$814$374
(Self-sponsored students can use Skills Future Credit, PSEA grant, UTAP, and SEP)

  • 75% attendance is mandatory to complete the programme
  • The student should submit and must pass the prescribed assessment (i.e. Practical Project)

*For additional grant eligibility, please contact us.


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A unique learning experience combining academic leadership and first-hand experience from world-class educators.

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Mohd Zaki Bin Ragman

Assistant Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Diploma in Entertainment Design, MAGES Institute of Excellence

Zaki brings with him more than 18 years of experience in various creative industries, from illustration to animation. Zaki has been a valuable addition to various companies such as Scrawl Studios and Chip & Toons taking up the responsibility of Animation Director in both places. In addition to his illustrious career, Zaki has also been published 5 times – with his latest comic, Badang, being a historical comic based on the Second World War in Singapore. Zaki completed his formal education with MAGES Institute of Excellence, graduating with a Diploma in Entertainment Design.

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Dominic Woon

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dominic is a Concept Designer/ Illustrator with 5 years of experience in conceptualising, designing and storyboarding. He heads his company Pen and Paper Studios with the intention of creating quality artworks that communicate as well as entertain. Some of Dominic’s clients include Grey Group, Shooting Gallery Asia, Tiny Island and MM2 Entertainment. Having worked with global and regional innovation managers for clients like Fonterra and Uber. Dominic has visualised new product concepts that could define the future. He has also storyboarded for SG50’sìTheatre of Dreams in the Future of Us exhibition as well as created visuals for the 2016 Health Promotion Board’s Chinese New Year animation. A supporter of community initiatives, Dominic works with Bold At Work – an innovative educational centre, to build resilience amongst youth by imparting design thinking skills. He has also partnered Presence Pictures, and created a curriculum for secondary schools which supports children learning to draw and encourages the development of spatial awareness.

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Jimmy Ling

Academic and Business Management Leader ~ Visual Designs | Creative Art Direction | Program Oversight

Jimmy is a versatile and accomplished Art Direction and Academic Management professional with more than 13 years of experience across Visual Designing, Art Direction, Program Direction along with Design, Strategic and Operational oversight for start-ups, design agencies, and eminent educational organizations. Accomplished sourcing, organizing, and acquisition of sponsors such as Wacom, Asus, and APOL for the most prominent digital art and technology contest event in Singapore, with a government-owned Singex, at the largest expo IT event – Sitex 2019. Exposed to working with clients in the U.S.A., Taiwan, and Singapore markets, he reckoned as an award-winning professional who has gained the stature of being Singapore’s first and the only Wacom Ultimate Master Artist.

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The classes are really interesting. Our lecturer is the best lecturer I’ve ever had. No one has ever sat down and taught me how to paint like that. The lecturer not only taught us how to texture, he also taught us major skills like lighting and ambience. The hands-on approach at MAGES was a game changer for my art.

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