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The best online concept art schools

Class acts Lockdown needn’t stop you learning concept art or extending your skill-set. Tom May presents eight great places to study online

Online courses in concept art have been growing in influence and importance for the past few years now. And in 2020, for obvious reasons, they’ve come into their own. But choosing between them can be tricky. Different concept art schools don’t just specialise in different areas, but also offer very different approaches to learning in general.

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