Illustration Program — Course 4

Career Development

Instructed by Sterling Hundley

Turn Your Portfolio into a Career

When you’re ready to strip away the veneer of life as an illustrator—to learn what’s really required for success and how to bring it—this is the course for you. Your mentor, Sterling Hundley, is one of America’s most awarded living illustrators. He will set you on the inside track and impart the tools and wisdom far beyond a high-gloss portfolio.

Career Development is designed to be taken multiple times by illustrators with an established portfolio, giving you the chance to hone your illustration skills, enhance your portfolio, and most importantly, propel yourself strategically towards the career you want.

Classes are hosted weekly, live and online. Your mentor will lecture on technique, skill, and the history of illustration. Added to that, you’ll join in for demonstrations, critiques, and Q&A sessions, with weekly homework assignments.

Key Takeaways From The 10 Week Course

  • How to leave a positive impression

  • Setting goals and tracking progress

  • Professional strategy

  • Developing skills for the career you want

  • Budgeting and managing your business

  • Building and designing your portfolio site

  • Continued development of your portfolio

Enrollment Opens

Aug. 23

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Semester Dates

Oct. 8 – Dec. 17

Length

10 weeks (23 Live Classes)

Live Classes

Saturdays
10:00am – 1:00pm PT

Price: $999 (limited offer)

Course Outline

Portrait of illustrator and fine artist, Sterling Hundley

Meet the Class Mentor Sterling Hundley

One Of The Most Celebrated Illustrators Of Our Time.

Sterling Hundley is an internationally acclaimed illustrator. His work has appeared regularly in the pages of Communication Arts, American Illustration, Print Magazine, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, 3 x 3, Graphis, Step by Step Graphics, the Society of Publication Designers, and the New York Society of Illustrators. Clients include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Atlantic Monthly, the Grammys, GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper Collins, Penguin/Putnam, Random House, Scholastic, and Knopf. From 2006-08, Sterling was the most highly awarded illustrator in the US.

Award-winning Guest Speakers

Every semester, Visual Arts Passage invites 6 guest speakers to connect and share wisdom with all students. These industry leaders answer student questions, complete in-depth demonstrations, review work, and more.

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DEVELOP WORK FOR YOUR PORTFOLIO

Assignment: Final Portfolio Art

Throughout this 10-week long course, you will create and refine finished work that is worthy of a career-ready portfolio. The focus and purpose of the finished work from this class is determined by your personal goals and industry of interest.

  • Doug Bell

  • Esteban Sanchez

  • Tom Shannon

  • Jon Kvassay

  • Laura Marian Valencia

  • Esteban Sanchez

  • Doug Bell

What makes this Mentorship unique?

As a mentorship student, you will gain access to a vast wealth of resources to better your understanding and improve your skills. You will be paired with a high-caliber professional, who will be with you every step of the way.

Live Classes

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

Connect on Discord

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Study Hall

guest speaker events with comic book artist, Afua Richardsons

Guest Speakers

Student Testimonials

Sterling Hundley has a knack for targeting what a student specifically needs help developing. His course not only gave me a much better understanding of the industry and how I fit into it, it also helped me find my distinct artistic voice.
Esteban SanchezCareer Development StudentView Esteban’s Portfolio
The program’s instructors are not only in the top 5% of American illustrators working today but are the most generous, thoughtful, caring and helpful instructors I have ever had. Each instructor takes his/her time with each student’s work, offering detailed, specific, clear and entirely useful commentary, all of which is crafted toward each students’ goals. Comments are always honest and direct, while ensuring students are made to feel valued, relevant and understood. They truly care about the progress of each of us. Additionally, everyone is treated with equal consideration. The quality of the teaching here exceeds anything I experienced in my MFA program. This program has made me feel motivated, energized and in love with the business of illustration.
Robyn StoneCareer Development StudentView Robyn’s Portfolio

Enrollment Opens

Aug. 23

Only

$999

Payment Installments Available

Even though our courses are the best value, with the high caliber instruction and personalized mentoring, there are finance options available to make the mentorship program financially possible for as many artists as possible. Select Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout to view options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Career Development is the last course in our Illustration Program and is built out for students who already have a nearly complete portfolio. We recommend that students attend Portfolio Development before attending this course, which is intended for students who are currently pursuing a career in the industry or actively work in the industry.

We do not recommend students skip other courses in the program unless they have an established portfolio.

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.

We encourage students to attend the livestream whenever their schedule permits, however, this is not required nor is it essential to fully benefit from the personalized coaching and mentoring offered by this course. Every class we host is recorded and available on-demand after the broadcast. You will still receive personalized feedback on work submitted before the livestream.

Yes! This course is designed truly as a mentorship course. Your mentor will review work you submit for the course and provide feedback during or after class to help you progress, improve and develop your skills and portfolio.

Yes, all classes are available for download during your enrollment as a mentorship program student.

We recommend students enroll in only one mentorship course per semester. We highly recommend taking mini-courses, such as Color Theory or Figure Drawing in addition to Mentorship courses.

As a repeatable course, Career Development is designed to be taken more than once. Returning students will focus predominantly on continued development of their portfolio, with a strong focus on career strategy and networking. Career Development offers return students with all the resources they need to maintain a competitive edge.

Need Some Guidance?

We can help you with any questions related to enrollment, portfolio development, and the student experience.