What is TAD?
The Art Department has recently partnered with Aspen University to offer a 4 year BSFA degree and a 2 year AA degree, which gives us the ability to fully compete with traditional art and design schools while offering our multi-faceted delivery at a much lower cost. The non-accredited 36 month program is still being offered.
The Art Department was created in 2009 by founders of the award-winning Illustration Academy and leading art education portal, Conceptart.org. It is largely based on the track record of success and the performance model of The Illustration Academy, established in 1995. The Art Department has since become the first career-driven, virtual and real world art and entertainment development school for both digital and traditional media, designed and delivered by today's top industry professionals. The 36 month program immerses students in their chosen focus; Drawing and Painting, Illustration, or Entertainment Design 2D and 3D, guided by a faculty of award-winning artists and illustrators, and leading industry pros from the film and game industries.
Unlike other online educational institutions, all classes at The Art Department are taught LIVE, giving students an opportunity to interact with their instructors and classmates, ask questions, and participate in each lecture or demonstration in real time. Those who cannot attend live courses are able to watch in-depth class recordings, available on-demand anywhere around the world. This three-year program has an international reach, and has begun to transform the typical art school classroom environment into a real-world training ground, led by an elite team of some of the most successful artists practicing in the industry today.
For those seeking the most immersive program TAD has to offer, students may elect to participate in one of the three TAD studio locations, found in Austin, TX, Kansas City, MO, and Richmond, VA. Studio students enjoy 24-hour access to fully-equipped studio space, where they interact with their peers and instructors on a daily basis, with the potential opportunity to collaborate and receive guidance on TAD projects as well as any other personal or contracted work.
Current students and alumni of The Art Department have already made their mark on the art world, garnering awards from such institutions as Society of Illustrators, Spectrum Live and seeing their work published in magazines and galleries worldwide, and contributing their expertise to the NBA, Riot Games, and other entertainment giants. With such amazing success from our inaugural classes, we can only imagine the amazing work that our future students will generate.
Who are the Faculty?
*Jon-FosterDigital & Traditional Painting I, Figure Painting I *Jason-Felix-TADEntertainment Design, High Vision Marketing & Pitch Illustration *Marshall-VandruffComposition & Color Theory I and II, Figure I: Anatomy Lab, Genre in Entertainment & Pop Culture, Linear Perspective *D0rian0Cast Drawing, Fundamentals of Light & Form *Ron-LemenFigure II:Constructive Figure Drawing, Greenlight Process & Entertainment Development I & II, Multiple Figure Composition, Sketchbook I
|From the creators of Conceptart.org |
and the Illustration Academy
Award Winning Faculty • Unique Incubator Program
Cutting Edge Online Learning • Deep Industry Connections • Immersive Workshops
TAD – A New Vision for Art Education
The Art Department (TAD) is an innovative art school designed by industry leaders to develop artists into their greatest potential and prepare them for a successful career in today’s digital world.
TAD’s goal is to transform art education from traditional classroom learning to real-world training from some of the most successful artists practicing in the industry today. Believing that the current educational system is not preparing artists for careers in today’s workplace, TAD faculty are focused on helping students develop the best portfolio possible.
Using an incubator model that combines a cutting-edge online curriculum with hands-on immersive learning, TAD makes it possible for artists anywhere in the world to get a quality and cost-effective college education. And, through TAD’s exclusive entertainment
industry and professional artist network, students have an opportunity to network both online and during yearly international workshops. Students are exposed to several major entertainment companies and art directors before they graduate.
How TAD Works
TAD offers accredited programs through Aspen University:
Associates in Fine Art, ASA
Bachelor of Science in Fine Art, BSFA
TAD offers a non-accredited 36-month curriculum that provides in-depth traditional and digital art education in the following fields:
•Drawing and Painting
Options are available to learn exclusively online, in-person at one of TAD’s campus locations, or a hybrid of both, offering custom learning to artists in nearly every country of the world.
TAD’s campus locations, called Studios, are located Austin, TX, Kansas City, MO and Richmond VA.
World Renowned Faculty
TAD offers the most award winning faculty of any art school in the world. Contributing Professionals include:
Other TAD Programs for Artists
TAD also hosts various specialty programs and workshops throughout the year that are available to both TAD students and the public. Current programs include the Illustration Academy summer workshop, as well as a Winter and Summer Workshop for TAD students.
Four weeks in length, The Illustration Academy is an immersion program designed to shorten the time between the decision to make images for a living, (often times this refers to the graduation of a student), and actually achieving that goal. Open to students of nearly any level as well as professionals, the program reaches into not only the fundamentals of art and image making, but to the deepest levels of problem solving and critical thinking used in the career of the illustrator and image maker.