How do I apply?
You can follow the attached link for instructions on how to apply to TAD:
What are the important TAD dates?
March 7th- all scholarship applications due
May 15th- tuition due in full to TAD
June 14th- TAD classes begin
TAD offers admission in June and January.
How do I apply for scholarship consideration?
TAD’s unprecedented $2,000,000 scholarship program is being compartmentalized so that applicants at various stages in their careers and development will be eligible for scholarship consideration. TAD aims to emulate the real world demands of the Visual Arts disciplines as closely as possible. TAD’s faculty believe that there is a direct correlation between how hard an artist works and the quality of their portfolio. Strong work will be rewarded.
TAD has already announced several Scholarships categories with many more on the way, including:
Women in the Arts
POD and Program specific scholarships
What is the deadline for TAD Scholarship consideration?
Act fast to be considered for TAD Scholarships, you must submit your application to The Art Department by March 7th.
When is tuition due?
Tuition is due by May 15th but seats are limited and worthy and ready students are admitted on a first come first serve basis based on portfolio. If the facilities or program is full then students will have to apply the following year.
How will TAD function?
The Art Department is a hybrid Online and Brick and Mortar Program that is comprised of three deliveries of information designed to work in concert. TAD aims to provide the earnest student with the most current, purest information from the best practitioners through cutting edge educational technology, and unprecedented access. The three forms of delivery are: TAD Online, TAD Workshops, and TAD PODs.
What are the three forms of delivery for TAD?
How do the three delivery forms of TAD work?
TAD Online: The TAD curriculum will be delivered online through cutting edge Educational software, which includes structured classroom times (recorded for On-Demand viewing) Audio dialogue between Faculty and Students, Lecture and studio style classes, assignments, streaming video, text chatting, and many other features. Unlike Traditional education, our Faculty has the facility, and the technology to show you how their problem solving applies to your artwork with the capability of digital paintovers, when appropriate.
TAD Workshops: Connecting with the faculty, students, industry icons, and potential employees have inspired the creation of TAD Workshops. Through TAD workshops students have the opportunity to meet their TAD faculty, industry icons, and to deepen their connections with the expanding global TAD Community.
The Art Department will be offering the opportunity for students to attend our three week workshops, two times each year. The program is being designed with flexibility in mind so that students, aspiring professionals, and professionals are able to adapt the demanding curriculum to fit within their schedule and time frame, as much as possible. Online classes will be recorded live, and offered as On-demand. They will be accessible 24 hours a day, when students need to watch them. This allows flexibility here in the United States, as well as alternatives to International students living in different time-zones. The plan is to hold the workshops in alternate cities throughout the year to make them more accessible to students of the tuition based online program, and readily available to those who are immersed at the POD locations.
The brick and mortar three week sessions are currently OPTIONAL and are there to provide opportunities for hands on learning, networking, clarification and content, and to enhance the Online portion of the program. Participants have the choice to attend none, any, or all of the Workshops, the first workshop is part of the tuition. Travel expenses and accommodations are not the responsibility of The Art Department, although we will attempt to find possible venues at discounted rates.
PODs: Immersion is the catalyst behind the founding of our PODs. Initially, TAD is establishing four separate PODs. The four initial locations in the United States have been chosen to represent the EAST (Richmond, VA), WEST (San Francisco), MIDWEST (Kansas City), and SOUTHWEST (Austin, Texas). These locations have been chosen for their central locations, ease of travel, and the proximity to integral faculty of The Art Department. They are also cultural epicenters in the U.S. No POD is specific to a select discipline, although the faculty leading the PODs may be more versed in the field in which they have experience. PODs are open to Majors in all four disciplines- Foundations, Illustration, Painting, and Entertainment Design. POD leaders will be announced very soon. The PODs are designed to offer a gathering place for students to work, share ideas, develop a true sense of community, and to receive input from the Professional faculty frequenting those locations. The immersive programs from the Illustration Academy and the Massive Black workshops, which have profoundly affected their alumni, will serve as the models for these programs. Facilities will be treated as no frill workspaces with the serious student in mind.
Please Note: Behavioral issues will not be tolerated, and are subject for removal from TAD POD locations, and possibly the TAD program. Please wait until the POD leaders are announced, and have secured your spot before moving to TAD POD cities.
Living accommodations in these cities will not be facilitated by The Art Department.
Will I have to move?
No. TAD students are able to take all of the TAD courses from the comfort of their own homes.
Do I need to take all three forms of TAD’s delivery?
No. TAD is designed to be highly flexible. All of TAD’s curriculum is delivered through TAD Online. Information will be presented in both lecture form, which is presented to the students, and studio form, which is presented as assignments, then critiqued. For those students seeking face to face contact with faculty, students, and the larger Arts community, Workshops, offered *twice annually, allow TAD students to get out of their studios for real world interaction.
* One time attendance to TAD Workshops each year is included in TAD tuition.
How will figure drawing be done at the Pods?
Figure Drawing will be held twice each week at POD locations. Specific PODs may be participating in additional figure drawing. Contact POD Directors with specific questions regarding figure drawing.
Where will the PODs be located?
Kansas City, Kansas
San Francisco, California
Who will be running the PODs?
POD Directors will be in charge of TAD PODs.
Austin POD- Jason Manley
Kansas City POD- John English, Brent Watkinson
Richmond POD- Sterling Hundley
San Francisco POD- Carl Dobsky
What kind of contact time should I expect with Pod Directors?
POD Directors will be available a minimum of two days each week for student contact at the PODs.
What kind of contact time should I expect of Artists in Residence (Studio Leaders)?
Artists in Residence (Studio Leaders) will be available to assist students for a minimum of 20 hours each week. Additionally, Artists in Residence will be expected to treat POD facilities as their home studios, pursuing their own Research shoulder to shoulder with TAD students. Additionally, they will be overseeing the figure drawing sessions.
Who are the Resident Assistants at the Pods, and what are their responsibilities?
Resident Assistant at POD locations will be selected by POD Directors. They are POD specific TAD students who will help to facilitate routine duties at POD locations. They are there to assist POD Directors, Artists in Residence, and students. When Directors and Artists in Residence are not available, Resident Assistants will serve as the authority at POD locations.
Austin POD- Dorian Iten
Kansas City POD – Trey Bryan
Richmond POD – Josh George
San Francisco POD -TBA
Where in the four cities will the Pods be located?
To be announced. All locations are strategically chosen by TAD. San Francisco's location is downtown in the vibrant and creative SOMA district currently utilized by the award winning ConceptArt.Org Next Gen Atelier.
How do I submit my work for the Community Choice ConceptArt Scholarship?
Step 1: All nominated artists (please ask them first if you wish to nominate them) must apply to The Art Department via the online form available by clicking the APPLY button on the top right corner of www.theartdepartment.org. Nominees will need to submit their artwork as instructed below. To officially nominate someone, you must post their ConceptArt username and one (1) sample of their work in this thread: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=181150
Please request their permission before doing so.
b. The nominated Student applies to TAD following the easy portfolio and application process here: www.theartdepartment.org (click the apply button in the top right corner).
c. Finally, the nominated students posts their portfolio and a one paragraph (five sentences minimum) short essay on why they want the scholarship to TAD. This must be posted here prior to March 1 2010. Judging will occur until March 15. Here is the thread for nominated artists who have completed their application. http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=181148
*This is an additional chance at scholarships. Those nominated will also be considered for the remaining 1.8 million in scholarships.
**Artists are not allowed to nominate themselves.
The faculty is made up of amazing practitioners, but can they teach?
The creation of Art is often explained in unresolved terms of sense, feel, and intuition. Education in the arts requires an understanding and explanation of intuition into a universal dialogue so that students can interpret the professional expertise of their instructors. This questions always comes up when you are weighing an individual’s professional credentials against their educational merit.
For fifteen years, the faculty of the Illustration Academy has been educating the most ambitious and talented illustrators and representational picture makers from around the world, with staggering results. Academy students and alumni have continuously garnered top awards from the most prestigious competitions The Illustration Academy's notoriety as the place to continue your visual arts education is widely known.
Massive Black and ConceptArt.org workshops have served as the place to learn first hand from the artists who bring Entertainment Design, Illustration, and Fine Art to life. From video games to movies, animation, and everything in between, Massive Black and ConceptArt.org have been the pioneers of Technology Arts education since 2003. To date these events have been attended by 7000 students and professionals from every major art school and over 300 entertainment companies and studios in the business. Whether it be the lead designer from Ford, defense designers from Northrop Grumman, toy makers from Hasbro, or gurus from Weta Digital, many of the highest profile and successful talents have come to learn from TAD instructors.
Frequently requiring Masters degrees of their Professors, Art and Design Colleges and Universities often require their instructors to study in immersive programs. Several of the Academy and TAD faculty have been the much sought after, core faculty of these immersive Masters programs, educating Professors in many of the Art Schools throughout the United States. They are the teachers' teachers.
Many of The Art Department faculty have worked as Studio Leads, Visiting Professors, Lecturers, and Full time professors, in addition to their individual Professional accomplishments.
Yes, The Art Department faculty can Preach what they Practice. Still not convinced?
Take a look at the student and alumni testimonials on www.theartdepartment.org , and our ever-expanding list of accomplished alumni. We hope to see your name there soon.
Where will the workshops take place?
The workshop locations will be announced April 1. The first Workshops will take place in the United States, until our program is ready for expansion in Europe and Asia.
How many students will the Pods accommodate?
This number will vary, depending upon the host city. Currently, the Richmond POD and the Kansas City POD will hold roughly 25 students. As we reach the POD announcement dates, we will have more specific information.
What is the Visual Literacy Program?
The Visual LIteracy Program is a subscription based arts community website that serves as a premium level of ConceptArt.org. VLP members have access to critiques from TAD faculty, as well as videos of TAD faculty demonstrating everything from Process, inspiration, and ideation to Promotion and Business. TAD students have full access to the Visual Literacy Program as part of their tuition.
Is there a curriculum?
Yes. The TAD curriculum will be dependent upon the placement of applicants in one of three majors
How often will the Workshops take place?
TAD Workshops will be taking place twice annually, at alternate locations. Attendance to one TAD Workshop annually will be included in the price of TAD tuition. TAD students wishing to attend a second workshop may do so for an additional fee.
Is the Illustration Academy still taking place?
Yes. The Illustration Academy will still be taking place, as an extension of the TAD Illustration program- at least for the summer of 2010. Details have yet to be finalized for this program, but announcements will be made in the near future.
Are there other scholarship alternatives?
Yes. In addition to offering tuition at roughly 1/4 of the price of many of the traditional Art and Design Colleges, TAD is actively working to define the parameters of our extensive $2,000,000.00 scholarship program so that students from a variety of different skill levels, education levels, and backgrounds will have a fair opportunity for scholarship consideration.
What will TAD be looking for in Scholarship applicants?
Reflective of the Visual Arts profession, TAD will place emphasis on the maturity of the work in the portfolio, as we feel that their is a direct correlation to how good an artist is to how hard they work. Mitigating factors such as age, duration of study, Point of View, and other factors will be taken into account.
Will The Art Department provide housing for students attending PODs?
No. PODs are studio workspaces only. TAD students wishing to attend PODs will be responsible for their own living accommodations, transportation, and day to day living needs.
Who is running the program?
TAD was formed by the merger of The Illustration Academy, The Visual Literacy Program, and ConceptArt.org.
What is the Student to Teacher ratio at TAD.
TAD will keep the student to teacher ratio Online to 25 to 1. Students attending PODs can expect a much lower student to teacher ratio. However, there are many occasions when multiple instructors and visiting artists will attend the Online classes. Recently in Discovery we had two instructors scheduled and the class was attended by six other major professionals who were invited to assist. At TAD students work directly with a diverse and very dedicated faculty group.
With High Profile careers, and teaching schedules, how do I know that teachers at TAD will be committed to it's students attending PODs?
TAD Directors will be committed to teach in the PODs two days each week. Artists in Residence are expected to assist students at a minimum of 20 hours each week. Artists in Residence are also expected to utilize TAD POD facilities as their studios for their own personal research, and they will set the tone in the workplace for serious study. TAD faculty have taught thousands of students, changed lives, helped build careers and create success for their students.
What is the cost of living in each of the TAD cities?
Cost of living in each of our Host cities varies greatly. We advise that TAD students interested in relocating to PODs first research the areas where PODs are located then contact the POD Directors with specific questions.
How will behavior issues be handled at TAD?
POD seats are based on performance. If students are not utilizing designated studio space, or are presenting disruptive behavior, their seats may be forfeited, as determined by POD Directors. TAD students attending PODs are expected to behave in a professional manner in the studio at all times.
How many students will be accepted into the PODs?
POD locations are being finalized. PODs in Richmond and Kansas City will initially be able to accommodate roughly 25 students. If demand dictates, TAD will lease additional space to fulfill student needs. It is necessary to contact POD directors in order to secure your space, once your application has been approved. POD seats are not guaranteed, but TAD will attempt to meet the needs of it’s students, as need arises.
What resources will be furnished at the PODs?
PODs are appropriately furnished with desks, stools, a printer station, easels, drawing horses, model stand, and other common necessities. TAD students will be responsible for supplies, materials, an up to date laptop and 9x12 Wacom Intuos (2,3, or 4) tablet.
Is TAD accredited?
Does TAD intend to seek accreditation?
Additional discussion on accreditation can be found here: