Welcome to the Austin POD!

What is The Art Department?

Created by the founders of the award winning Illustration Academy and leading art education, The Art Department (TAD) provides real world training by top industry professionals to help artists build successful careers in Illustration, Entertainment Design, and Drawing and Painting.

As the next generation model for art education, TAD’s goal is to transform education from traditional classroom learning to real world training from some of the most successful artists practicing in the industry today. TAD faculty bring dedication, passion and understanding to teaching that is focused on doing whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to help students develop into the best artists they can be and create a portfolio that is going to land them jobs. Through TAD's online community and international workshops, students also have an opportunity to network with hundreds of potential employers while in school.

At TAD you will:
  • Train with the best industry professionals in Illustration, Entertainment Design, and Drawing and Painting
  • Develop your abilities and unique talents at a higher skill level · Learn how to apply your skills in real world industry settings, promote yourself, negotiate deals, and get jobs.
  • Create connections with industry professionals and potential employers
  • Know how to make a career out of doing what you love, while developing your vision, ideas, and dreams.
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Illustration
  • Entertainment Design
  • First year of study for all majors is Foundations
Length of Program: 30 months
  • Three ways to study:
  • Exclusively online
  • In-person at one of TAD’s studio locations, called PODs
  • Combination of both online and in-person TAD Studio
Locations (PODs):
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Austin, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Richmond VA
TAD’s Award Winning Faculty:
  • Mark English
  • John English
  • Andrew Jones
  • Gary Kelley
  • Carl Dobsky
  • George Pratt
  • Anita Kunz
  • Sterling Hundley
  • Jason Manley
  • C.F. Payne
  • Brent Watkinson
  • Marshall Vandruff
  • Ron Lemen
  • Jon Foster and more!

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