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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 $275 for an intensive (3) weeks of instruction and interaction. 

That is only $92 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 is the first part of a two part series, 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.  

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

    • Crash Course 101 / Full Course Syllabus

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

    • Overview / Q&A Section

  • 4

    Week 1: The Basics 101 / The Art Department

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

    • 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: In-Depth Character Analysis Assignment

    • Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Folder Assignment Upload

    • Additional Upload Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Folder Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • Additional Upload Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Folder Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

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

    • Additional Upload Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Gird/Form Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • Additional Upload Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Gird/Form Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

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

    • Shooting, Continuity, Set Etiquette & Terminology

    • Maintaining Continuity Handout & HOT SET! Tag

    • Shooting / On-Set Terminology Quiz

    • The Basics 101 / Art Department - Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 1

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

  • 5

    Week 2: Art 101 / The Art Department

    • Media Lecture: Introduction Week 2 / Art 101

    • Week 2: Art 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: Research a Production Design Team Assignment

    • Lab: Research a Production Design Team Assignment Upload

    • Additional Upload Lab: Research a Production Design Team Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

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

    • Essential Chat! Set Decoration - Guest Speaker

    • The HOW-TO of Prop Houses

    • Graphics, Greeking and Art Usage Basics

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

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

    • Additional Upload Lab: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect Your Everyday Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • Additional Upload Lab: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect Your Everyday Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • Additional Upload Lab: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect Your Everyday Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • What is an Art Department Kit?

    • How to pull that Art Department Kit all together!

    • Sample Expendable Store Resource List

    • 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

    • Art 101 / Art Department - Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 2

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

  • 6

    Week 3: Art Round Up 101 / Art Department / Show Prep to Wrap Up

    • Media Lecture: Introduction into Week 3 / Art Round Up 101

    • Week 3: Art Round Up 101 / Q&A Section

    • Show Prep to Wrap Up / A Quick Synopsis

    • 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

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

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

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

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

    • Additional Upload Lab: Eras and How they are represented in Set Design and Set Decoration Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • Additional Upload Lab: Eras and How they are represented in Set Design and Set Decoration Assignment Upload (Extra As Needed)

    • Eras of Interior Decoration Quiz

    • Audio Lecture: Filling Out Forms

    • Filling Out Forms / Resources and Guides / IRS

    • IRS Forms Downloads

    • Filling Out Forms / Resources and Guides / Box Kit Rental Forms

    • Filling Out Forms / Resources and Guides / PC-Petty Cash

    • Filling Out Forms / Resources and Guides / Misc Work Forms

    • Audio Lecture: Job Rates / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    • Job Forms/ Miscellaneous TidBits to Talk About

    • Lecture: Vendor Resources

    • Essential Chat! Working with Vendors/Vendor Relationships

    • Essential Chat! Talking about Budgeting Basics

    • Establishing and Following Timelines

    • Wrap Books or Wrap Binders in the Art Department

    • Downloadable Handouts for Week 3 All In One Place

    • Art Round Up 101 / Art Department - Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 3

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

  • 7

    Week 4: Now What? / Art Department

    • Media Lecture: Introduction into Week 4 / Now What?

    • Week 4:Now What? / Q&A Section

    • What Skillsets and Training are important to have?

    • Where do you go from here?

    • Networking Makes the World Go 'Round!

    • Essential Chat! Guest Guidance

    • Sample Job Resources / Directories

    • Sample Resumes / CV's and Portfolio Links

    • Lab: Your Professional Resume Upload

    • Lab: Your Professional Resume Additional Upload

    • Lab: Your Professional Portfolio Link Upload

    • Your Chance To Add Products to your On-set Art kit!

    • Downloadable Handouts for Week 4 All In One Place

    • Now What? / Art Department - Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 4

    • Recorded Lecture: Now What? / Let's Talk! Series / Wrap Up Week 4

  • 8

    You Are Essential Ready!

    • You Are Essential Ready!

  • 9

    Final Thoughts and Survey

    • Final Thoughts and What to Expect from Here

    • Tell us about your experience with The Essential Art Department!

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