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    The Art Department: Discovery with Massive Black, The Illustration Acad, and CA


    This coming Monday, ConceptArt.Org and The Illustration Academy are going to be announcing The Art Department education program which will start this coming June. Below you will find the release, shared here first, so you can get a good idea about what we have been building this past year. The website will go live just prior to the release and we will begin sharing information on the two million dollar scholarship program.

    To kick things off we are opening up a five week online course series available only here on We are going to be covering an incredible amount of information and sharing a comprehensive overview of the program for any professional, student or hobbyist who wishes to better their portfolio. Students and professionals will be learning with a select group of the Core Instructors in The Art Department. More information will be coming available over the weekend and throughout the next two weeks.

    We have much to share and we hope that you everyone interested will be able to attend the live or On Demand programs. We are working to take care of the cost of running this community while at the same time improving opportunity and education here. CA is growing up. Our goal of being the best place to learn art online is in our hands. Join us for art. Learn with the community. See your growth. We are here to help and are thankful for all the support. More to come shortly!


    Jason Manley

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    January 11, 2010 / The Illustration Academy


    The Art Department Offers Superior Alternative to Traditional Art Education and
    Three Million Dollars in Scholarships

    SAN FRANCISCO – January 11, 2010 - Internationally acclaimed online art community,, today announced that it has teamed up with the award winning Illustration Academy (, and its Visual Literacy Program ( to offer a new alternative to standard art and design colleges, starting with a five-week introductory course series in January 2010 ( ). The January series marks the creation of’s newest accomplishment, The Art Department (TAD). Together with the Illustration Academy, they have assembled an innovative art education program, combining real world and online learning with hands-on workshops led by industry icons. In efforts to make art education more accessible, a stunning two million dollar international scholarship program will also be available to students based on talent and financial need.

    Designed as the web’s first community site to learn art online and provide exposure for its members to gain industry attention, has reached out to millions of artists around the world through their innovative art and design symposiums ( and online, live-streaming classes. Its members, learning within the community and discovered by companies like Marvel, Massive Black, and Epic Games, have gone on to impact the world of art and entertainment. The Illustration Academy has gained much notoriety with the creation of their Visual Literacy Program and for its immersive educational workshops known for bringing up some of the most influential artists of the last 15 years.

    “The ability to have first look access at jobs from the field is unique to TAD, as is our ability to expose worthy students to the thousands of companies who participate in our online community,” said Jason Manley, founder of The Art Department and ConceptArt.Org. “Members from companies like Disney, Harmonix, MTV, Blizzard, ILM, Pixar, Sony, Weta Digital, and more visit us weekly. Most will hire artists at one time or another and we get our students in front of the companies they want to work for, at a level never before seen in education.”

    “The Art Department has more award-winning illustrators than all other art schools combined,” said John English, founder of the Illustration Academy. “Our instructors have done everything from covers of Time Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, to the murals covering the walls of Barnes and Noble. For the last four decades, the faculty has established the course of illustration history. Students who want the truth about the professional world of art will finally have direct access to it. TAD offers an alternative to the traditional degreed art education programs and several ways for artists to grow and improve.”

    Taught by some of today’s leading professionals, TAD gives students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to succeed in life, business and art. Upon completion of the program, students tap directly into the traffic lines where their work will be shared with professionals from throughout the entertainment, art, and design industries.

    Along with Illustration and Entertainment Design, TAD is running an in-depth foundations program and a traditional drawing based painting department, which artists learn to develop what they see, understand nature, and learn to create from imagination using traditional media like oil paint, charcoals, graphite, and water color. TAD mixes the traditional with the digital world and will help artists in nearly every country of the world.

    Professionals from leading creative companies like Massive Black, Inc. ( will be working with TAD to bring the most relevant industry information to students who wish to work in the entertainment industry.

    The five-week series in January is suited for all students, from beginner to professional. Attended by artists and instructors from across the globe, the series will serve as a crash course of the full program offered by TAD.

    About The Art Department
    Founded in late 2009 to provide relevant art education and peerless opportunities for aspiring artists, the Art Department is a new breed of art school focused on delivering the actual life, business and art skills needed to be successful in the creative and entertainment industries. The Art Department has more award winning instructors and greater access to the decision makers than any art program ever conceived and is focused on real skills that lead to employment opportunities. For more information please visit:

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    NOTE TO MEDIA: For press related faculty interviews, or additional information on the program or scholarships, please contact
    Last edited by Jason Manley; January 8th, 2010 at 07:07 AM.

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    Awesome. I can't wait.

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    Sounds great, but no real new info here just reworded old news. Guess I'll have to keep my eyes open for the bts and pieces being release during the weekend and Monday. Stop dangling the carrot in front of my Jose already

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    I don't even have money to buy your composition vid, Jason, this one will need a miracle

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