Visual Development Mentorship

An 8-week mentoring course where students will develop a portfolio based on skill level and artistic direction/pursuits

Course overview Course overview

Course Overview

Explore the possibilities of your story

Students fortunate enough to take this Visual Development Mentorship class will have the rare opportunity to work directly with an industry veteran: visual development artist Armand Serrano. During this course Armand will help students choose a focused path of study based on their current skill levels and overall artistic directions/pursuits. Through one-on-one mentoring over a series of group sessions, students will explore more advance rendering/construction techniques, along with other applied foundation principles. In order to successfully participate and enroll into this course, students are required to submit an application that will be reviewed by the instructor. Applicants should have either completed the majority of the 2D Foundation & Design Program Track, or submit a strong 2D foundation/design portfolio. The certificate of completion for this class will be validated directly by the instructor.

Course Format:   Custom
Lecture Type:   Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Feedback:   Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Duration:   8 weeks
Assignment:   Ongoing work each week (Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk)
Q&A:   Live (sessions are recorded and available afterwards)
Materials:   Photoshop (or equivalent) and Wacom Tablet *please see syllabus for full description
Skills level:   Advanced
Prerequisites:   Instructor approval of application; *NOTE: application required Recommended: completion of all courses in Foundation & Design Program

Visual Development Mentorship WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

What you'll learn

The more you know, the better.

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Personal artwork compilation | Analyzing artistic paths | Designing a path of action: style and subject matters | The importance of knowing your target audience
Follow up on path of action: style and subject matters
The importance of effective workflow | Time management
Achieving cohesiveness through your artwork
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development
Exploring techniques that will aid personal artistic development | Final artwork presentation and lecture

Real heroes don't wear capes, they teach

Armand celebrates more than two decades in the animation industry and is currently a Visual Development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He also worked as a conceptual art director and senior visual development for Sony Pictures Animation. He is a lecturer in the field of animation and holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Armand is also involved in game and commercial design commissions on the side. Credits: Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stich, Brother Bear, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Arthur Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, and Escape from Planet Earth.


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Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education.

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Employer Reimbursement

Animation Guild CSATTF

Payment Plan

Companies that hire our students

  • Naughty Dog
  • Luma Pictures
  • Google
  • EA Games
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Blizzard Entertainment

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What makes this learning experience unique?

Personal Feedback

Receive personal individual feedback on all submitted assignments from the industries best artist.

1+ Year Access

Enjoy over 365 days of full course access. This includes all lectures, feedback, and Live Q&A recordings.

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion when you complete and turn in 80% of course assignments.

Flexible Learning

Learn anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace with our online courses.

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