How The Online Mentorship Works
A series of immersive courses taught by working professionals act as integral building blocks for artistic development.
Michael Bierek, VAP Mentor
Classes are delivered live and online. Students have audio, video, chat, and streaming capabilities to ask questions and join the discussion.
Each class consists of industry-relevant lectures and demonstrations presented by your Passage Mentor.
Students complete assignments on a weekly basis. Each assignment is designed to work towards a complete portfolio.
Completed assignments are submitted to the Passage Mentor and critiqued for visual improvement and portfolio development.
Jon Foster, VAP mentor
The Foundations Course is a single immersive mentorship course, consisting of five, three hour sessions. This is perfect for beginners preparing to enter our Industry Mentorship Programs.
Five courses, each 11 sessions, act as the building blocks of our Industry Mentorship Programs. Students are only required to commit to one course at a time.
1. Process: Skill & Craft (11, 3-hour sessions)
2. Ideation & Visual Storytelling (11, 3-hour sessions)
3. Portfolio Development (11, 3-hour sessions)
4. Career Development (11, 3-hour sessions)
Class is once a week on Saturdays. We teach our sessions using the web conferencing software, Zoom. Attendees stream video, chat questions and comments, share their desktop, and more. For our advanced classes, two high-profile artists visit as guest lecturers. Students hear from industry giants. Foundations does not include guest speakers. All classes are recorded and available for on-demand viewing at a later time.
During the class, you may receive an assignment to work on until the next class period. The assignments are largely based on the course you are taking. Foundations assignments are more focused on developing skill and technique, whereas Portfolio Development assignments will be more industry practical and career oriented. This assignment was complete by Anke Gladnick for Edward Kinsella's Ideation & Visual Storytelling class.
Slack is a mobile and desktop communication tool. It allows you to share work, ideas, and feedback in real time with your group peers and mentors. Mentors and attendees use Slack as much as possible during the week to maintain their creative energy. Students often will post their thumbnails or roughs to get midweek guidance from their mentor or fellow student.
One hour before your Saturday session, you will submit your completed assignment to your mentor. You will receive a personalized critique along with your classmates. This is provided in addition to any class lectures, demos, or related events. This is a flat assignment by Rob Jordan for the Illustration Program's Foundation course.