I want to attend! What do I do first?
If you want to attend, you need to complete our application. Doing so, you will qualify for a free portfolio review by our program director (this does not require or imply any commitment). Once you are accepted into the program, you must complete your tuition or post a deposit to reserve your spot. You can apply here: www.theillustrationacademy.com/application.
Where is the workshop?
We are happy to call Kansas City, our headquarters. Kansas City offers a rich history of creative culture, innovation, and commercial artwork. Our program is hosted on the Rockhurst University campus. This iconic location is within walking distance of the Nelson Atkins Museum, The Kemper Museum, the Country Club Plaza, Westport, and a number of other outstanding art venues. We highly encourage students to explore the city as their skills evolve and change, especially for sketchbook development.
Is the Academy right for me?
The Academy accepts students from a wide span of experience. While technical application is critical to becoming a great illustrator, we believe the Academy can be an invaluable experience for beginners to advanced illustrators. The information is relevant to the industry and is designed to guide and assist students in building careers. Sometime, our most ambitious and dedicated students are the most successful attendees, despite their lack of experience. If you're ready to work hard and illustrate your heart out, this program is for you.
I am a beginner artist. Is the Illustration Academy right for me?
Yes! In many ways, this program levels the playing field for both experienced and new artists. We don't believe art education is a one size fits all process. There is a lot of one-on-one guidance. This tailor-fit experience allows artists of all experience levels to accelerate at our program.
I work professionally as an artist. Is the Illustration Academy right for me?
Yes! Many of our attending students come from professional backgrounds. In the past, we have had designers, illustrators, and artists from companies such as Apple, Disney, Pixar, and other major studios attend our program. The workshops are taught by iconic artists, so there is something to learn for everyone. Many of our instructing mentors often say they wish they could visit as a student.
Can I work digitally during my attendance?
Yes! We have a substantial number of instructing mentors who work digitally and who will certainly be sharing their digital skills. All mediums are welcome.
Can I work only with traditional materials during my attendance?
Absolutely. A great number of our instructing mentors work with traditional mediums.
What is the day-to-day schedule like?
Every day is packed full of information. Students receive their assignment of the week on Monday from the instructing mentors. Tuesday - Friday mornings typically consist of one-on-one assignment reviews by the visiting artists. Monday - Friday in the afternoons there are typically lectures, demonstrations, critiques, or presentations. We host figure drawing 7:00pm - 9:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2:00pm - 5:00pm on Saturdays. When students are not attending scheduled events, they are expected to be working on their assignment of the week. While we provide a detailed schedule to all students, this schedule will frequently change. We feel that this flexibility allows the program to be nimble to adjust to the needs of all of our students. Students frequently spend 10-12 hours a day in the student workshop.
There is a 2 hour break for lunch every day (12:00pm - 2:00pm). We break for dinner at 5:00pm every day.
How long is the workshop?
The Illustration Academy is a 5-week long program, but students have the option to attend individual weeks. Most days are 10-12 hours long. Attending all 5 weeks is the most immersive experience and is offered at a discounted rate.
What are the important dates I need to know?
April 29 - Enrollment must be paid in full.
May 15 - Lodging must be paid in full.
TBD - 2018 workshop dates. In the past, the 5 week program has always been hosted in mid-June to mid-July.
Who can I contact with questions about the program?
You can reach us by email at email@example.com or by phone (816) 459-0323.
Where can I stay during the Academy?
Non-local students are highly encouraged to stay in Rockhurst University's Townhouse Village Units. These are furnished two-story apartments that are similar to dorms. These units are located on Rockhurst University's campus and include 24 hour surveillance by campus police. In addition, the Townhouse Village neighbors the student workshop and classrooms, which is where all of The Illustration Academy's activities and events will be hosted. Staying on campus is similar to moving into a dorm. The rooms do not come with sheets, bedding, towels, toiletries, or any other amenities. Please visit our "Lodging" page for more information.
What supplies do I need for the Academy?
All students are encouraged to have a laptop. We provide the wireless internet. Students will be required to provide their own supplies while attending the Academy, with the exception of paper for figure drawing classes. Students will be required to purchase the specified paper at the appropriate time. There are several affordable art supplies stores located around Kansas City and students will be directed towards these resources. In addition, once every other week a local art store, Creative Cold Snow, visits our location on campus and sells a select variety of art supplies.
Is there a printer in the Student Activities Center/Student Workshop?
No there is not. Students have access to the Rockhurst College's facility, the Copy Cave, which is in the basement of Massman Hall. You can learn more about this extremely affordable resource here.
I am attending all 5 weeks of the program. When should I arrive in KC?
Non local students attending all 5 weeks of The Illustration Academy should arrive in Kansas City the first Sunday of the program. We host an orientation in the evening. We recommend against non-local students arriving on Monday - you will likely miss important information Monday morning.
I want to arrive in Kansas City early, can I book extra nights on campus?
Unfortunately, no. We are not able to book housing at Rockhurst before our program's scheduled dates.
I am not attending all 5 weeks, but I am attending individual weeks. When should I arrive in Kansas City?
If you are attending individual weeks, we recommend you arrive in Kansas City on the Sunday of the first week you are enrolled, anytime before 4pm.
I am not attending all 5 weeks, but I am attending individual weeks. Can I check out of the dorms early or late?
Unfortunately, no. We are not able to accommodate these requests. Students are only able to stay on campus after or before their attendance.
What should I do first when I arrive in Kansas City?
First, go to Rockhurst College at 1100 Rockhurst Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110. Go to the Student Activities Center on the northeast side of campus. Checkin and orientation will be staged at the Student Activities Center. Once you are checked in, we recommend going to the grocery store and completing any errands you may need to finish before the official start of the program. This is the only slow day of the 5 weeks.
I am only attending individual weeks. What should I do first when I arrive in Kansas City?
First, go to Rockhurst College at 1100 Rockhurst Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110. Go to the Student Activities Center on the northeast side of campus. Checkin and orientation will be staged at the Student Activities Center. Once you are checked in, we recommend going to the grocery store and completing any errands you may need to finish before the official start of the program. This is the only day you will have free time.
I am staying on campus, what do I need to bring?
The Rockhurst dorms include twin XL beds, furniture, bathrooms, and full kitchens. The dorms are not equipped with towels, toilet paper, bath mats, sheets, pillows, bedding, paper towels, kitchen utensils like pots, pans, cutlery, or other home goods. We suggest imagining you are moving into a dorm. Bring everything you may need.
I will not have a car in Kansas City, how will I commute?
All of our events are hosted at Rockhurst College. There are grocery stores and restaurants within 10-20 minute walking distances. Due to our attendance size, we cannot provide rides for students. We encourage students to carpool with one another. In addition, students have the option of using Uber or our bus system Ride KC.
I don't want to miss anything. When should I go to lunch, dinner, or the store?
Everyday, we have a hard stop from 12:00-2:00pm for lunch and 5:00-7:00pm for dinner. This is an ideal time to complete any necessary errands.
Can I dine at Rockhurst College's cafeteria in Massman Hall?
When the cafeteria is open, students are allowed to dine there. In the summer, this schedule changes on a weekly basis and due to demand, it is frequently closed. We do not recommend students rely on this resource.
What is The Illustration Academy's drinking and drug policy?
Rockhurst College has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drugs. Students with possession of alcohol or drug substances on Rockhurst campus will be dismissed from our program and will not be refunded.
Is Rockhurst College a secure campus?
Rockhurst is a closed campus, meaning only students or faculty associated with the school may be on campus. Their campus security actively patrols campus on a 24/7 basis. There are blue, emergency phone stations around campus. Students are encouraged to use these if they ever feel they are in danger. Campus parking facility is a gated area that requires security card access for drivers and pedestrians. Student housing is gated, Students may also contact Rockhurst security at any time by calling (816) 501-4010. The Campus Security Department does an excellent job of creating a safe environment. Students can utilize emergency blue phones found throughout campus if they have an emergency. Students can also request for a Security escort if they feel unsafe.
What happens if my personal belongings are stolen
Rockhurst is a completely secure campus. However, all students are responsible for protecting their personal property and ensuring that property is securely maintained. All students who live on campus should understand that the Illustration Academy is not responsible or liable for the loss, theft, or damage of property maintained by the student while living on campus. Even though it is locked 24/7, we recommend students do not leave valuable items in the student workshop unattended. Students may wish to obtain renter's insurance for the protection of their belongings.
Can I digitally record the demonstrations or lectures?
To record any events at The Illustration Academy, we request that students have the permission of the instructing artist and that no event is posted in entirety online. We definitely love students sharing their experience at The Illustration Academy and strongly encourage doing so.
I cannot contact my son or daughter, who can I contact to reach them?
Please contact Tim J. Trabon (816) 260-9167 or John English (913) 579-1139 if you have any issues contacting your son or daughter.