Madrid Academy Of Art

Summer Intensive: Character Design – From 1 to 8 weeks

✅ Monthly Price: € 750 monthly

✅ Starting Date: Custom Date, Summer (Jul, Aug)

✅ Program Duration: From 1 to 8 weeks

✅ Total Hours: h

✅ Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (July and August)

✅ Weekly Hours: 15h

✅ Language: English, Spanish

✅ Art Discipline: Digital Drawing, Digital Painting, Digital Sculpture

✅ Daily Live Model Session: No

✅ Weekly Live Model Hours: h

Language: English or Spanish

Duration: From 1 to 8 weeks (choose as many as you need from the calendar beside 👉)

Schedule Options: July and August Monday to Friday 9:00 – 12:00

Starting Date: Any Monday in July or August.

This intensive summer course is designed for artist eager to delve into the art of character design. Throughout the program, you will explore advanced techniques in character creation using digital tools such as Procreate and Clip Studio. This course is ideal for artists looking to enhance their skills and develop a solid portfolio in a creative and collaborative environment. Here’s a closer look at what you’ll experience (8 weeks program):

  1. Exploration of Advanced Techniques:
    • You’ll start with the basics and quickly move to advanced character design techniques, ensuring a solid foundation and growth.
    • Learn to create detailed character concepts, from initial sketches to fully rendered designs.
  2. Procreate and Clip Studio Mastery:
    • Gain proficiency in two of the leading digital art tools, Procreate and Clip Studio.
    • Whether you’re new to digital art or looking to enhance your skills, this course provides comprehensive training on both platforms.
    • If you prefer, you can focus on just one of these tools or explore the benefits of mastering both.
  3. Developing Unique Characters:
    • You’ll learn how to build characters that stand out, with unique personalities and backstories.
    • Explore different styles and techniques to develop your distinctive artistic voice.
    • Engage in creative exercises designed to push your imagination and innovation.
  4. Technical and Artistic Growth:
    • Improve your understanding of human and animal anatomy to create realistic and imaginative characters.
    • Master facial expressions and body language to bring your characters to life.
    • Learn dynamic posing to convey movement and emotion effectively.
  5. Collaborative and Supportive Environment:
    • Work alongside fellow artists, sharing ideas and receiving constructive feedback.
    • Benefit from a community of creatives who are equally passionate about character design.
  6. Building a Professional Portfolio:
    • By the end of the course, you’ll have a comprehensive portfolio showcasing your best work.
    • Prepare your portfolio to meet industry standards, ready for presentations or job applications.

Fundamentals of Character Design

  • Introduction to character design principles.
  • Study of human and animal anatomy.
  • Exercises on proportion and structure.

Expressions and Posing

  • Techniques for drawing facial expressions.
  • Body language and emotion in character design.
  • Dynamic posing and gesture drawing.

Digital Techniques with Procreate and Clip Studio

  • Introduction to Procreate and Clip Studio interfaces.
  • Digital sketching, inking, and coloring techniques.
  • Layer management and digital painting tips.

Style Exploration and Final Project

  • Experimenting with different art styles.
  • Developing unique character aesthetics.
  • Final project: Create and present a fully realized character design.

Technical Aspects:

    • Procreate:
      • Interface navigation and customization.
      • Brush settings and tools for sketching and painting.
      • Layer management and blending modes.
      • Time-lapse and animation basics.
    • Clip Studio:
      • Interface overview and setup.
      • Advanced inking tools and vector layers.
      • Custom brushes and material management.
      • Animation and frame-by-frame techniques.

General Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Summer (July and August): Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Program Schedules:

  • Full-Time Program:
    • Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    • Summer (July and August): 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
  • Part-Time Program:
    • Morning Schedule: Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    • Afternoon Schedule: Monday to Friday: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM (with a lunch break from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM)
    • Summer (July and August): 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
  • Amateur and Other Programs:
    • Flexible schedule based on your chosen hours.

Special Events:

    • Winter Trimester: No local holidays.
    • Spring Trimester: May 1st (Labour Day), May 2nd (Community Festival of Madrid).
    • Summer Trimester (July and August): No local holidays.
    • Fall Trimester: November 1st (All Saints’ Day), December 6th (Constitution Day) or December 8th (Immaculate Conception)​.

Flexibility and Recommendations:

  • We are generally quite flexible when it comes to making changes to your schedule, as long as it’s possible. Sometimes, due to limited spots, changes may not be feasible.
  • If you need to make changes to your program, please let us know at least one week in advance. The more notice you give, the better the chances we can accommodate your request, although this will greatly depend on the specific situation.


  • Device: Bring either a laptop with Clip Studio installed or an iPad with Procreate installed.
  • Digital Pen: A digital drawing pen is required for sketching and designing.
  • Sketchbook and Pencil: Ideally, bring an A4 sketchbook, a pencil, and an eraser for traditional drawing exercises.

Classrooms and Study Spaces

  • Classroom: Main room for classes.
  • Study Room: Dedicated space for individual and group study.
  • Library 📚: For book consultations (books cannot be taken home).


  • Coffee and Tea ☕🍵: Available for self-service.
  • Microwave: For heating food.
  • Tables: For eating.
  • Free Fruit 🍎: Usually apples or other fruit available.

Common Areas

  • Rest Areas: Sofas for relaxing inside the school.
  • Terrace 🌞: Outdoor area with benches, often used for smoking and socializing.


  • Lockers 🔒: Each student can have a locker, with the option to use a small padlock.
  • Storage Units: For leaving artwork, boards, and paintings.
  • Coat Racks 🧥: Available throughout the school.


  • Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi for students.
  • Security: Surveillance cameras in different areas.

Opening Hours

  • Regular Hours:
    • Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Summer Hours (July and August):
    • Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Nearby Stations:

  • Fuente de la Mora: Train, light rail, and metro.
  • Pinar de Chamartín: Metro station.
  • Bus Access: Various bus lines connect from Plaza Castilla.


  • Unregulated Parking: Free street parking available around the school.
  • Paid Parking Lots: Two paid parking lots within walking distance.
  • School Garage: Limited spots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

295  one week

✅ Split Payment Available

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