Crash Course 101

Certificate Course Online (upon completion of Part 2). Navigate at your own pace. This is an intensive (3) week, professinal development course and will require between 8-12 hours of additional homework and reading time outside of the weekly Live Let's Chat! sessions. This is a Pre-Requisite course, and must be completed to move onto Part 2, Crash Course 102. Limited capacity.

  • Course Fee: $255 Reg. Price / (3) Weeks / Save an extra 30% when you purchase the Series Bundle!

  • Course Starts: June 6th - June 25th, 2022 / This is Part 1 of a multi-series course with a 1-week break in between courses

  • Course Length: 3 Weeks at your own pace with weekly check-ins through live sessions

  • Before you begin: This is Pre-Requisite course. Check out Crash Course 102 today as the companion course.

  • All lessons must be marked complete and assignments submitted

  • Upon completion of Crash Course 1 & 2, you receive your Essential Art Department Certificate

  • Purchase a Crash Course Series Package and save $$$

Crash Course 101 /Pre-Order NOW! Summer Session Starts June 6th, 2022! Pre-Order ends May 30th, 2022...

Part 1 - A (3) week pre-requisite course to Crash Course 102 available soon! Limited Capacity! Save 30% when you purchase the series bundle. Order early and get prepared to go in deep to all things Art Department!

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Crash Course 101

Want to know what to do next with your career or just want to brush up on knowledge and skillsets?


We can help guide you through one of the most industry demanding departments, the Art Department. Entertainment creation, inspiration and resources at your fingertips, taught by industry professionals passionate about their work. Now, let's get your coursework started!

Join us for a Crash Course 101 session. We want you to keep your skillsets ready to go for any art department project! Only $255 for an intensive (3) weeks of instruction and interaction. 

That is only $85 per week, for a college level course designed for young professionals, students of varied age levels or any individual just wanting to brush up on industry knowledge.  

This is your intensive (3) week Crash Course into the beginning nuances of the Art Department. This course will help familiarize you with the Art Department and how it works with others in the creation of visuals for projects. You will have access to downloadable handouts, live webinars, online classroom activities, access to network building skills and many more resources to help you navigate a rewarding career within an Art Department.

This course is NOT A DRAWING course!! It is built more upon the theory and working, hands-on skills of how to navigate an Art Department, so drawing ability is not necessary for this course. There will be a fair amount of research required and delving into your psyche about concepts and you will be producing physical homework folders based on your research, but there is no drawing ability needed for this course! Just be prepared to research concepts, cut and paste and note up folders! These types of assignments are geared to get you prepared to learn how to research and then submit your visual ideas about subjects, that you will be able to use throughout your career in any Art Department! 

This is the first part of a multi-series course, and is a Pre-Requisite to continue into Part 2, Crash Course 102. Take one part or both! The choice is yours. But you don't want to miss out on the valuable insight and resources that are offered in both sessions. 

Complete both courses within the Crash Course Series and receive your certificate!  

Check out the CRASH COURSE SERIES for package discounts!


Each course will have a (3) week schedule that will be available to you week by week. At the beginning of each week, you will have access to the entire course content for that week, and you will be able to navigate it at your own pace. Yes! That's right, we said at your own pace

During your (3) week course session, take your time and learn at your own pace. We know life gets in the way sometimes, and by allowing students to access the resources and course content ahead of time and without time pressures, it is our thinking that it should allow for more volume of quality questions to brought up at the end. 

We want Any and All questions! Don't be shy, we are here for YOU!

At the end of each week, there will be a live, instructor led, Let's Talk! Series where we will go over all the content for the week, look at assignments that may have been turned in and the instructors will be answering your questions, in real-time.

The content from the week stays accessible to you the student, for the entire session of the course, so you will always have the opportunity to go back to prior weeks to review information or download handouts as needed. 

It is our hope that the course content will inspire you to dive into this crazy department, and become an Essential part of any art department. We expect you to have fun while taking the course, because even though it is packed with information and resources, you should still be enjoying every moment of it! 


Taught by industry professionals you will be given rare insight into the inner workings of some of the most famous Entertainment projects around town. And you will get to hear some amazing, funny, sad and true stories from behind the scenes as well!

Our resident Art Department Crash Course hero, "Crash" himself will pop in from time to time to say hi and see how you are doing, tell art department antidotes and just remind you to HAVE FUN with this course! 


T.E.A.D. while teaching this coursework virtually because of the current state of the world due to the current pandemic, is hoping that in the near future, the coursework will continue with a dual approach to learning, through virtual based as well as in-person, hands-on experiential learning.


All students will have until one week before course start to cancel their registration and receive a full refund. Cancellations requested within one week of class started will not be refunded. Please see our Terms & Conditions for any questions. 


Check out a preview of the course curriculum below and check back often for the next session to begin. Follow your passion for all things Art Department.

Crash Course 101 Sample Curriculum

This is a great sampling of the subject matter that you will experience within all of our Crash Course offerings.Your course may not have all the chapters shown below, or may be comprised of more chapters.

  • 1

    How To Work Within Your Essential Art Department Learning Platform

    • How to Navigate Your Student Course Site

  • 2

    Welcome to CC101 Message - Please Introduce Yourself!

    • Welcome to CC101 - Please introduce yourself!

  • 3

    Crash Course 101 Overview

    • Media Lecture: Introduction to the course and overview of the Art Department

    • Crash Course 101 / Full Course Syllabus

    • Overview / Q&A Section

  • 4

    Week 1: The Basics 101 / The Art Department

    • Media Lecture: Introduction Week 1 / The Basics 101 Overview

    • Week 1: The Basics 101 / Q&A Section

    • The Job of the Art Department / The Essential Department

    • Emotions and Psychology of the Art Department

    • Unions vs. Non-Unions

    • Audio Lecture: Script Breakdown, Character Analysis and Building Character Environments

    • What is a Script Breakdown & Character Analysis? / Building Character Environments

    • Sample Script Breakdown Forms (9)

    • Character Environments / It's In The Details

    • The Presentation and Idea Folder: An Art Director's Recommendation

    • Lab Overview: In-Depth Character Analysis Assignment

    • Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Folder Assignment Upload

    • Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Grid/Form Assignment Upload

    • Audio Lecture: Shooting, Continuity, Set Etiquette & Terminology

    • Shooting, Continuity, Set Etiquette & Terminology

    • Maintaining Continuity Handout & HOT SET! Tag

    • Shooting / On-Set Terminology Quiz

    • Downloadable Handouts for Week 1 All In One Place

    • Live Session: The Basics 101 /Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 1 / Sat., June 11th

    • Recorded Lecture: The Basics 101 / Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 1

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    Week 2: Art Collaboration 101 / The Art Department / The People and Departments You Will Work With

    • Media Lecture: Introduction Week 2 / Art Collaboration 101 Overview

    • Week 2: Art Collaboration 101 / Q&A Section

    • Research & Design

    • Research & Design Resources

    • Audio Lecture: Collaboration: The People or Departments You Work With

    • What is Collaboration: The People or Departments You Work With / Descriptions

    • What_Is_Collaboration_Handout_CC101

    • Entertainment Industry Job Descriptions Quiz

    • Lab Overview: Research a Production Design Team Assignment

    • Lab: Research a Production Design Team Assignment Upload

    • Set Decorating / Set Dressing Tips / What is a Set Decorator?

    • Essential Chat! Set Decoration - Guest Speaker

    • Prop Makers and Fabrication

    • Prop Makers & Fabrication Handout

    • Essential Chat! Prop Fabrication

    • Costume and Wardrobe Basics

    • Costume and Wardrobe Basics Handout

    • Downloadable Handouts for Week 2 All In One Place

    • Essential Office Hours! Mid-Week 2 Check In / 11:30am - 12pm (PST) / Wed., June 15th

    • Live Session: Art Collaboration 101 / Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 2 / Sat., June 18th

    • Recorded Lecture: Art Collaboration 101 / Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 2

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    Week 3: Artistic Environments 101 / Art Department / Knowing Eras, Genres and How to Represent Them

    • Media Lecture: Introduction into Week 3 / Artistic Environments 101 Overview

    • Week 3: Artistic Environments 101 / Q&A Section

    • Eras and How They Are Represented in Set Design and Set Decoration

    • Lab Overview: Eras and How they are represented in Set Design and Set Decoration

    • Lab: Eras and How they are represented in Set Design and Set Decoration Assignment Upload

    • Eras of Interior Decoration Quiz

    • The HOW-TO of Prop Houses

    • Graphics, Greeking and Art Usage Basics

    • Lecture: Vendor Resources

    • Essential Chat! Working with Vendors/Vendor Relationships

    • Lab Overview: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect You Everyday Assignment

    • Lab: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect You Everyday Assignment Upload

    • Downloadable Handouts for Week 3 All In One Place

    • Essential Office Hours! Mid-Week 3 Check In / 11:30am - 12pm (PST) / Wed., June 22nd

    • Live Session: Artistic Environments 101 / Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 3 / Sat., June 25th

    • Recorded Lecture: Artistic Environments 101 / Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 3

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    Moving On to Crash Course 102 - Part 2!

    • Getting Ready to Move On to Crash Course 102!

    • Tell us about your experience with Crash Course 101 - Part 1!