Learn Squared

This new school aims to in­no­vate in its teach­ing meth­ods, but still cov­ers the es­sen­tial top­ics

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L earn Squared was founded by vet­er­ans of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, and the site aims to in­no­vate in the ed­u­ca­tion space with its unique ap­proach: rather than hav­ing a sin­gle tu­tor lead­ing a class, here you’re pre­sented with two top-level pro­fes­sion­als, one of whom teaches the other. Stu­dents re­ceive the same tu­to­ri­als and guid­ance you would ex­pect on a tra­di­tional course, with the added perk of watch­ing an­other artist put the knowl­edge into prac­tice.

As An­drew Hawry­luk ex­plains, “The core con­cept we hope to get across to our stu­dents and the artis­tic com­mu­nity at large is that every­body has to start some­where. The skills you’d learn from th­ese other, new fields of art might ben­e­fit your main artis­tic en­deav­ours in ways you would’ve never pre­vi­ously imag­ined.” It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing an­gle on ed­u­ca­tion, shed­ding light on the process of learn­ing it­self.

Each course con­tains eight weeks of video tu­to­ri­als across a range of sub­jects in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­ment paint­ing, 3D con­cept de­sign and ti­tle de­signs for film. Mod­ern art tech­niques are at the fore­front of most of the cour­ses, with a heavy fo­cus on cre­at­ing an ef­fec­tive pipe­line for work­ing in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­tries. Pric­ing falls into three cat­e­gories for all cour­ses: $100/£71 for the ba­sic pack­age, ac­cess­ing a sin­gle course of video lessons and com­mu­nity ac­cess with life­time ac­cess, $200/£141 for the abil­ity to down­load the files and en­gage with the apprentice jour­ney; and $1,000/£707 for live men­tor­ship and re­views.

The core con­cept we hope to get across is that every­body has to start some­where

Jama Jurabaev leads the in­tro­duc­tion to 3D con­cept de­sign class.

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