Art Department Crash Course

Our flagship course! This is a 6-week intensive class that introduces students to all the essential knowledge and skills for working in an entertainment industry art department. This course will require between 4-6 hours of additional homework and reading time outside of the weekly Live Let's Chat! sessions. Limited capacity.

  • Course Fee: $415 reg. price (+applicable taxes & fees) / (6) weeks / Instructor-led live sessions each week

  • Course Starts: March 6th - April 10th 2024 / (6) week course with weekly live, instructor-led classes.

  • Live Sessions: Held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:oopm PT. *Live sessions are not required and will be recorded. But participation is highly recommend and encouraged.

  • No prior knowledge or prerequisites are required! This is an introductory class for anyone/everyone interested in learning about the art department!

  • All lessons must be marked complete and assignments submitted

  • Upon completion, you receive your Essential Art Department Certificate

Art Department Crash Course/ Spring '24 session starts March 6th

A 6-week intensive class that introduces students to all the essential knowledge and skills for working in an entertainment industry art department.

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Payment Plans

Pay in full or split your course fee into two (2) equal payments- interest free! (+ applicable taxes & fees)

Art Department Crash Course

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 an Art Department Crash Course session. We want you to keep your skillsets ready to go for any art department project! Only $415 for an intensive (6) weeks of instruction and interaction. 

That is only about $69 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 (6) 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! 

Complete this course and receive your Art Department Crash Course certificate!  


Each course will have a (6) 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 (6) 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 (Minus applicable fees & taxes). 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.

Art Department Crash Course 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 Navigate Your Student Course Site

    1. Welcome to ADCC - Please introduce yourself!

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

    2. Crash Course Series / Full Course Syllabus

    3. Overview / Q&A Section

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

    2. Week 1: The Basics 101 / Q&A Section

    3. The Job of the Art Department / The Essential Department

    4. Emotions and Psychology of the Art Department

    5. Unions vs. Non-Unions

    6. Audio Lecture: Script Breakdown, Character Analysis and Building Character Environments

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

    8. Sample Script Breakdown Forms (9)

    9. Character Environments / It's In The Details

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

    11. Lab Overview: In-Depth Character Analysis Assignment

    12. Lab: In-Depth Character Analysis Folder Assignment Upload

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

    14. Audio Lecture: Shooting, Continuity, Set Etiquette & Terminology

    15. Shooting, Continuity, Set Etiquette & Terminology

    16. Maintaining Continuity Handout & HOT SET! Tag

    17. Shooting / On-Set Terminology Quiz

    18. Downloadable Handouts for Week 1 All In One Place

    19. Peer Homework for Review!

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

    1. Media Lecture: Introduction Week 2 / Art Collaboration 101 Overview

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

    3. Research & Design

    4. Research & Design Resources

    5. Audio Lecture: Collaboration: The People or Departments You Work With

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

    7. What_Is_Collaboration_Handout_CC101

    8. Entertainment Industry Job Descriptions Quiz

    9. Lab Overview: Research a Production Design Team Assignment

    10. Lab: Research a Production Design Team Assignment Upload

    11. Set Decorating / Set Dressing Tips / What is a Set Decorator?

    12. Essential Chat! Set Decoration - Guest Speaker

    13. Prop Makers and Fabrication

    14. Prop Makers & Fabrication Handout

    15. Essential Chat! Prop Fabrication

    16. Costume and Wardrobe Basics

    17. Costume and Wardrobe Basics Handout

    18. Downloadable Handouts for Week 2 All In One Place

    19. Peer Homework for Review!

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

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

    2. Week 3: Artistic Environments 101 / Q&A Section

    3. Eras and How They Are Represented in Set Design and Set Decoration

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

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

    6. Eras of Interior Decoration Quiz

    7. The HOW-TO of Prop Houses

    8. Graphics, Greeking and Art Usage Basics

    9. Lecture: Vendor Resources

    10. Essential Chat! Working with Vendors/Vendor Relationships

    11. Creative Exercise Overview: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect You Everyday Assignment

    12. Creative Exercise: 10 Set-Type Environments That Affect You Everyday Assignment Upload

    13. Downloadable Handouts for Week 3 All In One Place

    14. Peer Homework for Review!

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

About this course

  • $415.00
  • 62 lessons
  • 8.5 hours of video content

Meet Your Instructors

Brandi Creason

Senior Instructor

Jamie Bartkowicz

Lead Instructor

Jamie originally hails from the Detroit area of Michigan, but moved out to Los Angeles in 2015 after getting her Bachelor of Science in Film & TV Production. Many of her first gigs out of college were working as an Art PA and Set Dresser. Just a few months after settling in L.A., Jamie found herself in a new area of Entertainment: Theme Parks. She worked at Universal Studios Hollywood as part of the Entertainment Production Department from 2015-2021. During her time there, she had worked on the Art & Design team for various projects, from seasonal events to park decor. However, Halloween was an everyday affair since her primary role was working on creating Halloween Horror Nights year round. Currently Jamie works back in the Film industry at Walt Disney Studios as part of the Physical Assets team, managing the props, set dec, costumes, & more of Disney Live Action & 20th Century Fox, and Searchlight Pictures films. In her free time, Jamie loves getting involved with different outreach programs and entertainment organizations. She enjoys mentoring students and expanding her network through all mediums on the Entertainment industry!

Art Department Crash Course / Spring '24

Session starts March 6th! $415 / (6) Weeks Limited capacity.

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