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A Certification Exam on Computer Graphics

In Cooperation with the CG-Arts Society of Japan

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What is the GDAP
CG Creator Certification?

For Creators whose Medium is Computer Graphics.

​Creators in the fields of movies, animation, commercials, games, music videos, apps, and other related fields are encouraged to take this Certification Test. This is a knowledge test that checks test-takers for their understanding in computer graphics, from 2D graphics and design, to 3D modeling and animation, to editing and compositing, and to workflows. This Certification is recognized by the GDAP member studios and its partners, and while this Certification alone does not assure employment in any of the studios, it is a good gauge to see a creator's current level.

 The CG Creator Certification is a digital arts certification created in 1991 by the CG Arts Society of Japan with the support of Canon Marketing Japan and IT companies. This was certified by the Japanese Ministry of Education, and is recognized by major Japanese broadcasting, animation, games, and visual effects studios. 


The CG Creator Certification exam serves as an indicator or target for digital artists aiming to work at Japanese CG animation studios. The Certification Exam will test  their ability to use computer graphics technology, their knowledge on the theories behind computer graphics, and their ability to use graphics software effectively under design, schedule, and budget constraints to produce good CG movies, animations, games and commercials.


In October 2023, the Game Development Association of the Philippines (GDAP) will be conducting a localized English version of the certification exam for Computer Graphics students and professionals to be able to take. To implement this, GDAP has also translated the CG Arts Textbook for teachers and students to learn, and conducted trainings for teachers to help students reach the required baseline to pass the exam.

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Benefits of the Certification

A Consistent Baseline for our Digital Arts Learners

One of the current problems of digital arts courses locally is that there is no consistency in the things we teach. Largely, this is due to the fact that there is no official reference book that schools use. With the  certification exam, schools and its learners will be able to gauge for themselves if they are reaching the minimum know-how to be competitive if they pass the exam. Also, the certification exam comes with a book that can also be used as a reference material in digital arts learning.


It Levels Out the Playing Field

A problem for smaller schools is that they are often ignored in favor of the more popular schools for computer graphics, even when they produce better graduates. With the certification exam, the industry can identify schools that really produce good graduates and give these lesser known schools a chance to be known for their teaching quality.


Global Competitiveness

One of the biggest reasons why we sometimes don’t win bids for international projects is that our skill and quality do not reach the global standards. In fact, statistics show that the industry is only hiring 6% of graduates in our field because majority just don’t reach the level needed for global competitiveness. The certification exam will give students a bar to aim for.

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Opening of International Doors

With an internationally-recognized certification like the GDAP CG Creator certification, foreign companies will be less apprehensive to work with our local artists and studios. This will give them the assurance that the artists at least can reach the level set by the certification exam.



The certification test will cover the basics of design and 2D graphics, the basics of image production such as composition and camerawork, and methods and workflow of 3D graphics such as modeling and animation.

Basics of Expression

  • Drawing

  • Color

  • Movement

  • Typography

2D CG and Photography

  • Digital Basics

  • 2D CG

  • Photography

  • Video Editing


  • Modeling and Materials

  • Rigging and Animation

  • Camerawork

  • Lighting and Rendering

  • Composting and Editing


  • Production Workflow

  • Intellectual Property Rights


What Can I Do Now?

Next Steps


Buy the Book

Php 2,400

The Introduction to Computer Graphics Design book is the official companion textbook to the CG Creator Certification Exam - Basic Level. It is recommended for anyone planning to take the exam. 

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Take a Review Class

Php 2,000

Our next Review Class for the GDAP CG Creator Certification is on:
Sept. 18 - 29, 2023 (Mon - Fri)

3 - 5 pm | via Zoom


*A recording of the class will be available 


Take the CG Creator Certification Exam

Php 3,750

Ready for the exam? The next one is:

Sunday, October 8, 2023

10:00 am GMT+8 | Online


Register via the link below.

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Introduction to CG Design

Php 2,400

The Introduction to Computer Graphics Design Book is the official textbook of the CG Creator Certification Exam - Basic Level. It covers six main topics that are also the coverage of the exam:

  • Introduction to CG

  • Basics of Expression

  • 2D CG and Photography

  • 3D CG

  • Fundamentals of Technology

  • Intellectual Property Rights

Please contact us for bulk print orders.

Are You a School?

Teacher Training and Certification

If you are an educational institution and would like to partner with us, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are looking for partners:

  • To be a Review or Training Center

  • For bulk orders of the Introduction to CG Design book

  • To have your students take the CG Creator Certification


If you interested in offering Review Classes in your school, we offer Teacher Training and Certification on the CG Creator Curriculum. If you're interested in any of the above, please get in touch with us.

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About Us

The CG Certification exams were created in 1991 by the CG-Arts Society, a Japanese public interest incorporated foundation that has played a role in human resource development and cultural promotion for the image information field and its advancements. The CG Creator Certification Exam is one of five tests being administered by the CG-Arts Society. And each test has two levels: Basic and Expert.

In 2016, in its effort to increase the quality of Computer Graphics in the country, the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) reached out to the CG-Arts Society to localize the CG Creator Certification for the Philippines. And on October 8, 2023, the first translated exam, now called the GDAP CG Creator Certification Exam - Basic Level, will be administered by GDAP.

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Dates to Remember

Review Class

Take an online refresher course in preparation for the exam.

19 - 29 Sept. 2023

GDAP CG Creator Certification Exam

Take the GDAP CG Creator Certification Exam!

8 Oct. 2023

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Ready to Take the Exam?

GDAP CG Creator Certification

Sunday, October 8, 2023

10:00 am GMT+8 | Online

Php 3,750

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Game Developers Association of the Philippines

IBPAP Office, 5F C2 Bldg., Bonifacio Hight Street,

BGC, Taguig City, PH

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