How do On-Line Courses work?
Generally speaking, On-Line courses function very similarly to a university level class. You will meet up once a week to go over the material, you will be assigned homework, you will complete the homework in a timely manner, and you will be graded on your work and given feedback for improvement. The difference is that all of the content will be accessed On-Line. When you purchase a course, you will be given access to a secure website where you can watch the streaming video content at your own pace. You will complete the task in the required software, then upload your homework before the due date. A video critique will be given to you explaining how to improve your work to the next level. If you wish, you can upgrade your experience to be even more interactive, much like a one-on-one professor conference at universities, for an additional fee.
How do I upload homework?
When you log into the 'my account' section of the secure website, you will see an file upload module on the right hand side of your screen. Simply upload the file with the following title structre: (firstname lastname: homeworkname.filetype), for example (Jane Smith: muscles of the arm.PSD). Access to this secure website will be given when you purchase a course.
How do I view an Instructor critique?
Critiques will be uploaded on a weekly basis in the order the homework is recieved, between the assignment due date, and the release of the new material. All critiques will be viewable by other students so that you get the same kind of learning experience as a university course. For example, the instructor might take Jane Smiths' piece and talk about proportion since that is a topic the whole class is struggling with. Then the instructor will go over specifics tailored to your learning. It is beneficial to watch all of the instructor critiques for maximum learning.
What is the Upgrade Option, and is it right for me?
The Upgrade option is for those who want extra time video time with the Instructor to help you improve your work. We are trying to simulate that face-to-face experience for those that want that in a class. It is not nessecary to have a fullfilling experince in the On-Line Workshops as you can have contact with your instructor and other classmates via the forum, but is there for those who want maximum learning in the shortest period of time. To upgrade, simply click the "add upgrade" link under your video lesson, and purchase the upgrade for $150. You will then be contacted by the instructor to schedule a time for your 30 minute one-on-one time. A discount is available for those who buy upgrades for the class before the start date.
Can I take more than 1 On-Line course simultaneously?
The logistal answer is yes, you can technically sign up for more than one class at a time. For example, one could sign up for 'the Essentials!" class with Andrew Cawrse, and 'Human Anatomy - level 1 (ZBrush)' with Ryan Kingslien. However both classes are time intensive, so it is up to you whether or not you can budjet time for both classes.
How much time commitment will I need each week?
The classes themselves are on average 1.5 to 3 hours in length. The time it takes to complete the weekly assignment on top of that is up to the individual. Because each class has multiple levels of complexity per week, just following along while watching the course will not be sufficient. Take into account pausing and rewinding the video, taking on additional challenges, clarification, uploading work, and viewing critiques into your schedule.
What do I need to prepare for class?
Each class is designed to have everything you need in terms of information for you to successfully complete the course. However, it is a good idea to brush up on your anatomy knowledge, and any software you might be using for the class, so that you get the most out of the class.
Can I view my classes any time? What about time differences?
Yes, you can view the course you signed up for at any time. A couple of things to consider are workload and timezone. We urge you to budjet time for taking the course, and not wait until the last minute to view the content. The classes are based on the GMT -8 (California) time zone, therefore it is the responsibility of our users in other time zones to prepare accordingly. We can send you the due date for your area referencing the billing information we have on file.
What are the advantages of taking an On-Line course?
We have combined all the advantages of self study tutorials with the live classroom. You get the flexibility of studying with us from anywhere in the world and at your pace; with the benefits of direct interaction with your instructor and class mates. On-line studying is proving more effective everyday.
What is the structure of an On-Line course?
Each course is a comprehensive 5 - 9 week class, which you attend with our instructors. They provide you with: 1/ Demonstrations, 2/ Professional Instruction, 3/ Active assignments + exercises, 4/ one-on-one critiques.
Are these courses available to other countries?
You can study with us from anywhere in the world, and even if you can not attend a class it is recorded for you so you can watch it when you are available and don't have to miss a thing! Workshops are only available in English at this time.
What is the teaching approach?
Our courses are highly successful because our instructors teach “active learning”. That is, courses have weekly lectures of 3-4 hours per session and they consist of progressive lessons that you get to apply & practice what you are learning immediately, committing to your memory and can be applied to your work immediately.
How can I get feedback on my work?
Attend chat sessions, and post questions & work in our forums in our active “Anatomy for Artists” community. Each student can also upgrade their course to include further consultation with their instructors.
How do I register for an On-Line course?
To register for this class simply add it to your cart. Once you complete the purchase transaction you will receive instructions for registering for the class.
What are the System Requirements?
For PC-based participants:
How can I test my internet speed is fast enough?
* Windows® 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista or Windows® 7
* Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
* Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista)
For Mac®-based participants:
* Mac OS® X 10.4 or newer – Tiger®, Leopard® and Snow Leopard®
* PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
* Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
Since these classes are pre-recorded and streaming to your computer, you will require a resonable broadband internet speed connection.
What Hardware/Software do I need?
Ideally your connection will rate atleast:
IDEAL DOWNLOAD SPEED 8.0 Mb/s, PING 10ms or better
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Input device: a pressure sensitive Wacom tablet or Cintiq is recommended For anatomy drawings: Corel Painter, Corel Sketch or Adobe Photoshop For image & texture manipulation: Adobe Photoshop or free equivalent alternatives For digital sculpting: ZBrush 3.5 or higher.