Schoolism

A leg­endary school founded by a leg­endary dig­i­tal artist, this is a school you can trust

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Schoolism has rapidly be­come one of the best­known on­line art schools. This is thanks in part to its pro­lific founder (Bobby Chiu be­ing a well­known and supremely well-re­spected artist him­self), and the di­verse team of in­struc­tors it’s col­lected. The ros­ter in­cludes the likes of Craig Mullins, Daisuke “Dice” Tsut­sumi, Iain McCaig, Nathan Fowkes and other ti­tans of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

The cour­ses avail­able are as di­verse as the peo­ple teach­ing them, cov­er­ing more tra­di­tional top­ics such as ges­ture draw­ing (es­sen­tial for aspir­ing an­i­ma­tors and con­cept artists), por­trai­ture, anatomy and colour and light­ing fun­da­men­tals, as well as char­ac­ter and crea­ture de­sign, dig­i­tal paint­ing and sto­ry­board­ing. Ba­si­cally, pretty much all ar­eas of ex­per­tise that you can think of in the in­dus­try are cov­ered here.

Schoolism op­er­ates around a one-year sub­scrip­tion model for $144/£102. Within that year you’re able to work on a sin­gle course, but have the op­tion to switch at any time for a min­i­mal fee. It’s a smart sys­tem that en­ables the stu­dent to cover sev­eral top­ics within that year if they have time avail­able and are able to work ef­fi­ciently. It’s also pos­si­ble to re­ceive video feed­back from the tu­tor di­rectly, but this costs $998/£706 and po­si­tions are limited.

Reg­is­ter­ing for a class gives you ac­cess to pre-recorded lec­tures, which are then avail­able to be streamed through­out the du­ra­tion of the sub­scrip­tion (as­sum­ing you don’t switch course) and there’s a Face­book group avail­able in which to share work for cri­tique by stu­dents.

Schoolism co-founder Kei Aced­era cre­ated this beau­ti­ful paint­ing, en­ti­tled Out­laws.

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