Frequently Asked Questions
How exactly do the mentorship programs work?
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.
How much of the mentorship is delivered live and in real-time?
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.
Is the mentorship actually personalized coaching and how?
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.
I'm just starting out as an artist, Is Visual Arts Passage right for me?
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.
Do I have to pay for the entire program up front?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I take just one course per semester?
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.
What is the time commitment?
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.
What do I need to attend Visual Arts Passage mentorship courses?
You need an ambitious, won't give up attitude, and a computer with access to wifi. Here are the system requirements for using Zoom video conferencing.
Can I pick my mentor?
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.
What software is used for the live online classes?
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.
I have a full time job or I'm Just a really busy person. Is this for me?
YES! This is designed for busy people - that's why all of our classes are available on-demand and are hosted on Saturdays.
I am in High School - Can I apply?
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.
I'm a professional artist. Am I too advanced for Visual Arts Passage?
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.
How many guest speakers are there and how does that work?
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.
Can I skip courses in the program?
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 email@example.com
Is Visual Arts Passage accredited?
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.