Frequently Asked Questions

We offer a number of professional tracks including the Illustration Program, Commercial Gallery Program, and Character Design Program. Each program consists of a series of linear courses, each building upon the lessons taught in the previous. Each course consists of 10, 3 hour long classes. During the semester, you will complete hands-on assignments, receive personal critiques, and have insightful discussions regarding your skill and professional development.

You will meet with your mentor every weekend for a live 3 hour class. You also have the option to attend the midweek  "Study Hall", which is live class meet-up for all Passage students.

During your mentorship, you will develop your skills via lecture, demonstrations, and learn-by-doing assignments. Every assignment you submit will either be critiqued live and in real-time during your online class or feedback will be provided as a recording shortly after the live class.

Yes, Visual Arts Passage levels the playing field for artists. We go back to the basics and help you rethink the way you create visual narratives. This information is applicable to all artists, regardless of experience level.

We only require you to commit and pay for one course per semester. If for any reason you need to take a break from the program, you can return at a later date and pick up with your next class. We also have payment plans available for all of our live courses via lending with Affirm. If you need help arranging this assistance, please email hello@visualartspassage.com

Yes, as a mentorship student you will only take one, 10 week long course per semester. You do have the option to attend topic-based mini courses during the week, such as Color Theory or Figure Drawing.

Students will spend a minimum of 3 hours per week attending live and online classes. In addition, we recommend planning on at least 2-3 hours per week on your assignment as well. This program is designed to be extremely flexible, so you get out of it what you put in. Some of our students commit much more time each week.

Mentors are assigned to instruct specific courses. Students are then paired with the best Mentor for their personal growth. Special requests are not always possible and is not always advisable depending on the student's skill level or professional interest, but we do our best to accommodate requests.

We currently host all of our classes in Zoom. Students do not have to purchase this software. Google Classroom and Discord are also used for communication outside of the live sessions.

YES! This is designed for busy people - that's why all of our classes are available on-demand and are hosted on Saturdays.

Yes! Our Foundations Course, which precedes our Illustration and Concept Art Programs, is perfect for high school-aged artists. The Foundations Course will also prepare you to join our Illustration and Concept Art Programs. You must be 18 years or older or provide permission from your parent or legal guardian to apply or attend any of Visual Arts Passage's classes.

Visual Arts Passage is the perfect place to sharpen your skills. Passage levels the playing field for artists. Our organization consists of advanced and amateur artists. Artists who are exceptionally advanced are allowed to test out of our first installment. This is not encouraged, but allowed on a case-by-case basis.

Each program features presentations by six guest speakers per semester. The guest speakers are extremely successful artists. Many of these artists are on year-round contracts with some of today's most iconic studios and brands. The presentations often consist of lectures, demos, critiques, or Q&A.

Yes. It is possible to test out of any course at Visual Arts Passage. To do so, students must apply to the program and schedule a portfolio review with John English to determine this. All applicants are prompted to book a portfolio review. You can also submit your portfolio to hello@visualartspassage.com

Visual Arts Passage is a highly personalized training resource and mentorship for artists. Unlike higher education, this is an industry-focused organization that will help you improve and advance your skills as an artist and introduces you to professional, working artists. This program is not built on theory, it is built on the industry. Visual Arts Passage is not accredited.