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Foundation Course in Art & Digital Design

Course Overview

Students who are looking to enhance their artistic skills and to make a good hold in digital production or a related field with a well-rounded portfolio HIDA’s Art & Digital Design Course is a perfect fit for your interest and passion.

You’ll learn from the experts and have access to techniques and processes used within art and design across a wide range of creative mediums.

Course Module

Basic Fundamentals of Drawing

In this module, students learn about the basic fundamentals of drawing including expressing value, shadows, shading, use of basic shapes and forms,perspective study and composition techniques. Students focus on developing sketching and illustration techniques oriented to big production houses and design studios. This module is a foundation of learning methods of visual art and concepts.

Life Drawing

In this module, students are taught about drawing human anatomy, starts with human face, facial features, expressions up-to a fully-proportional human figure using the sketching skills learned in the previous module.

Gesture Drawing / Speed Drawing

This module is a continuation of Life Drawing, focusing on the expression and gesture in the human figure. Students practice to learn about the various gestures of humans as well as expressions. This module will also cover the rapid drawings/sketching for story-driven projects.

Animal & Creature Drawing

This module is dedicated to studying / drawing animal anatomy. Students will learn to draw a variety of animals and get familiar with the basic illustration techniques, and dynamic form and gesture.

Entering in Digital Production with Photoshop

This module starts with an introduction of the interface and tools of Adobe Photoshop. Through lectures, demonstrations, and exercises, students learn tools for photo retouching, color correction, use of layers and making selections, image manipulation, and compositing. Students will learn the ability to create and utilize advanced photo manipulation and image editing techniques.

Color and Light

This module introduces about the fundamentals of light and color. Students will learn and practice the topics such as types of light, role of light in compositions, patterns, shadows, and atmospheric perspective both traditional and digital platforms. This module will also cover the colortheory and making color schemes, color harmonies and atmospheric principles. Regular learning and practicing in the foundation of colorand light provides students ability to expand their sense in visual art techniques.

Digital Painting

This module is focused to bring student’s artistic skills to digital platforms. Students use their art expertise in the form of digital painting while working on variety of subjects using both traditional and digital methods.
Emphasis is placed on storytelling, painting technique, and the ability to complete finished pieces. Students will explore various methods of painting through homework assignments and work toward theme based projects.

Clay Modelling

This module is the foundation of 3D modelling. The student will learn basic traditional sculpting and clay modelling techniques. It is an essential part of learning the foundations of 3D design. Students will be provided with raw material to work on clay models.

3D Design / Modelling

In this module students will get familiar with 3D workspace and learn the 3D design procedure with using widely used software in the industry. Student will also focus on various techniques of 3D modelling which will be used in upcoming modules.

Character Design

This module is focused on process of character design. How to develop a character from start to finish, going through multiple stages, developing a story based character, characteristics etc. will be covered.

Software CoveredProps Design

This module explores the design methods used to build conceptual props. Students will sketch the basic concept of props such as weapons, armours, game assets etc. and learn to transform them on digital platform.

Concept Art

This module is focused on the processes used to develop concept art.Students will research and developvisual representation which tells a story or conveys a certain look. In-class demonstrations and lectures on the topics and software used to establish conceptual art will help the students to level up their skills.

Matte Painting / Environment Design

This module covers digital matte painting ideas and its techniques. Student will learn to create a visual representation of landscape, set or distant location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment.

Course Duration

  • 8 Months


Critaria for Assessment

  • For each Qualification Pack will be created by the Sector Skill Council (SSC). Each Performance Criteria will be assigned marks proportional to its importance in National Occupational Standard. SSC will also lay down proportion of marks for Theory and Skills Practical for each Performance Criteria.
  • The assessment for the theory & Practical part will be based on knowledge bank of questions created and approved by SSC.
  • Individual assessment agencies will create unique evaluations for skill practical for every student at each examination/training center based on this criteria.
  • To pass the Qualification Pack , every trainee should score a minimum of 70% cumulatively.

Software Covered

  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Blender
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Substance Painter
  • Z Brush

Career Opportunities

  • Sketching Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Digital/ Matte Painter
  • Props Designer
  • Organic / Inorganic 3D Modeller


What is the digital design course all about?

One can opt for this course who is looking explore and enhance art skills in digital mediums and want to make a good hold in digital production. One will learn and access the techniques and processes used within art and design across a wide range of creative mediums.The course includes 8 months of classes, course material (online and offline resources), and certification of completion.

What is the digital design course all about?

At HIDA, you get a first-hand experience of its interdisciplinary learning approach that helps you in building a secure future. Various courses and programs are formulated to provide you with an environment conducive to an interactive learning experience. Our excellent faculty, modern infrastructure, experience with on-ground projects via interactive class assignments and work-oriented learning makes our curriculum a unique one where students get personal attention and an environment of technology-infused learning which can prepare them for their careers.

What is the duration of Course?

Duration of this course is 8 months, course duration can be increase depending on the final submission of the portfolio.

What skills will I learn after completing course?

There are various software and skills you will learn in this course like sketching, digital/matte painting, 3D modelling, clay modelling, character design etc. and you can opt one topic/field for specialization or portfolio making.

What is the fee structure of this course?

Fee structure of all programs vary depending on the duration of the course, opting specialization in particular field, change in course structure or software and applying through different scholarship programs. For more information you are free to contact official no. of the institute or can write us at

Is HIDA a certified institute?

HIDA is accredited with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) We are affiliated with Media & Entertainment Skill Council and the Curriculum is designed as per the Qualification Pack of MESC.

What will I get when I get enrolled in the Foundation Course in Art & Digital Design ?

A course module timeline and timetable will be shared with you. Before beginning, the classes, online and some offline learning resources will also be shared with you.

Is there an online mode of taking the classes?

Yes, there is both online as well as offline mode of classes.

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