Illustration Program

Start your art journey, develop practical skills, and build a head-turning portfolio from start-to-finish in as little as 12 months.

Not sure if this is the right program for you? Book a consultation now.

Wesley Burt, Guest Speaker

Your Art Career Jetpack

Every aspect of the Illustration track is focused on professional development. From identifying your dream clients, to building the skills and portfolio to compete at that level, our mentorship track acts as your compass and guide.

Super EarlyBird [$300 Off]

Ends Feb. 25

Illustration Mentors

The mentoring artists at the helm of the Illustration Program are some of the top-performing artists in the industry. As you progress through the program, these artists act as your professional compass, helping you develop creative abilities, techniques, and entrepreneurial skills. Each course features different mentors.

Katherine Lam

Process: Skill & Craft

Ashly Lovett

Ideation & Visual Storytelling

Photo portrait of artist and illustrator Audrey Benjaminsen

Audrey Benjaminsen

Ideation & Visual Storytelling

Portrait of illustrator and painter, Dale Stephanos

Dale Stephanos

Portfolio Development

Illustrator and painter John English

John English

Portfolio Development

Portrait of illustrator and fine artist, Sterling Hundley

Sterling Hundley

Career Development

Live Classes

Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.

Community Networking

laptop image of zoom art class for illustrators and concept artists

Study Hall

guest speaker events with comic book artist, Afua Richardsons

Guest Speakers

Award-winning Guest Speakers

Every semester, Visual Arts Passage invites 7 guest speakers to connect and share wisdom with all students. These industry leaders answer student questions, complete in-depth demonstrations, review work, and more.


Visual Portfolio, Posts & Image Gallery for WordPress
Art Director at Lex and Otis Animation

How to Kickstart Your Illustration Career

How do you get your first job? What are the most common mistakes artists make? What art should be in my portfolio? This Q&A-style lecture with John English and Audrey Benjaminsen covers everything there is to know about developing your portfolio, building your skills, and professional strategies to pursue a career in illustration.

Book a Free Consultation

Need help determining if this is the right path for your professional and artistic development? Book a free Zoom call with our Program Director to discuss your goals and the resources offered at Visual Arts Passage.

Super EarlyBird [$300 Off]

Ends Feb. 25

Hear it from our students

Alana Tedmon attended and completed the Mentorship Programs at VAP, studying with artists such as Audrey Benjaminsen, Edward Kinsella, and Sterling Hundley.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Students only commit to one mentorship course per semester. Once you complete a course, you can register for the next course, to continue your progress in the mentorship program.

The Mentorship Program can be complete within a 12 month period. It is not unusual for students to repeat the final course in the program, Career Development, if they choose to have continued coaching from Visual Arts Passage mentors.

The Mentorship program is a "get out of it, what you put in" experience. That being said, our courses are structured to accommodate individuals with a busy schedule. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 3 hours for your live course and 2 hours to complete assignments and course work. We highly encourage students to commit more time if their schedule allows.

Mentorship courses enroll 4 times per year, during the winter, spring, summer, and fall semester. You can view the program calendar here.

We recommend that most students start with the first course in the Illustration Program, Process: Skill & Craft. Highly experienced students may qualify to attend the second course in the program, Ideation & Visual Storytelling. If you are not sure, feel free to send your work to hello@visualartspassage.com and a team member will get back to you with a recommendation shortly.

Each course in the Illustration Mentorship Program is $1199.

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