Frequently Asked Questions:

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If you do not see your question here, please email info@brainstormschool.com for more information. Please note, we reserve the right to change the FAQ policy at any time.

Questions for Classes

C1. Where should I start first?

Register for classes at Brainstorm School webpage on the following link: brainstormschool.com/content/classes.

(Information for all classes can be viewed on the link provided above)

If you are a beginning artist or looking to focus on concept design, we recommend a core focus of learning of these materials:

Beginner level: foundation courses, sketching, drawing, form understanding and drawing from life. (PBC, WB1, AD3, ENT1)

Intermediate level: Understanding of values, lighting, color, basic design fundamentals and digital medium (WB2, DC2, AD1, PD1)

Advanced level: Focused learning of design sensibilities, aesthetic and shape language ( AD2, DC3, WB3, ENT2)

Portfolio Building: Integration into designing for games and/or film (ENT2, AD2, WB3, DC3)

C2. How do I register for classes, mentorships, uninstructed mentorships, and workshops?

To register, please visit: brainstormschool.storenvy.com/products.

Registration is based on a first come first serve system. A Student is considered registered when full payment is received. A registration fee of $15.00 will be applied to each class, and $15.00 for workshops and Uninstructed Mentorships purchased.

*Please note, all manual payments for classes will be made using paypal. A $20.00 paypal fee will be applied.

*Please note, the email used to register will be used for correspondences between school and students.

C3. When is payment due?

There are two payment options for Brainstorm School.

  1. Tuition in full is due during time of registration.

  2. 50% deposit can be made to reserve a spot. Remaining balance will be due in one week before the start date for classes. Please note, an additional fee of $50.00 will apply for each class reserved.

    *Failure to pay remaining balance one week prior to the start date of the term will result in a loss of reservation, loss in the fee of $50.00. Deposit is non-refundable

C4. What to expect from each course?

  1. All classes for entertainment design are scheduled for 10 weeks/3 hours per session.

  2. Assignments, Demo's, guest lecturers, reviews, critiques, paintovers along with solo & group activities taught by industry professionals.

C5. How many classes should I take each semester?

  1. Very Serious: 3-4 classes
  2. Serious: 2-3 classes
  3. Part-timers: 1-2 classes
  4. Liesure: 1 class

C6. Do you require portfolio review for all your classes?

  1. “Foundation Courses”, “Digital classes” & “Workshops” - are open to everyone.

  2. “Intermediate Courses” - are open to everyone, however some classes require prerequisite courses to be fulfilled or a portfolio review if a student wishes to skip taking the prerequisites.

  3. “Advanced Courses” – all require portfolio reviews unless prerequisite courses are fulfilled. IE ENT3.

    *It is highly recommended to all new students to start with foundation in order to transition to the intermediate and advanced course with a solid footing. Please refer to section C1 for curriculum details.

C7. Can I skip the Prerequisites class for the classes/mentorship I want to register?

In order to skip a prerequisite class, please submit your portfolio link (no attachments) to: info@brainstormschool.com. Please add ‘pre-rec wave review’ in the subject.

**Please note, if your portfolio is rejected for a class that requires prerequisites, you have 2 options, (1) receive school credits for use in future term classes or (2) a cash refund.

Please refer to our policy below in regards to which option you choose.

C8. Are Brainstorm School courses accredited?

NO, Brainstorm School classes are non-accredited courses that focus purely on industry standards for building a student’s foundation on design fundamentals, and portfolio development. All Brainstorm School instructors are leading professionals that mentor and guide students into a career within the concept design industry.

C9. Will I be able to master the skill within 1 class?

Classes at Brainstorm School are full of valuable information formatted by the school and instructors to deliver the best experience and education possible. It is very common for students to retake a class 2~3 times to fully absorb the content. Students often acquire different skills and understanding through repeated experience. Students will not master the skills and understanding provided in the class the first time. It takes further practice and development to truly master the skills from each class. Brainstorm School also offers other learning opportunities with workshops and mentorships to speed up the learning curve.

*We highly recommend the following program in between terms: brainstormschool.com/content/mentorship

C10. Do you offer international student visa?

Brainstorm School does not offer student visa. You may attend our term with a standard visitors visa *this route is highly recommended

For other puroposes, Brainstorm will provide an International Student Enrollment Verification Form that is required to obtain a student visa. To request one, please email Brainstorm School at: info@brainstormschool.com

For more information in regards to student visa, please visit the U.S. DEPARTMENT BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS site: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html.

C11. Refunds, Transfers, Credit, Discounts Policy

Before three weeks prior to the first day of class – Refunds, Transfers, and Credits will be granted with fees applied. Fees are listed below.

  1. Refunds

    *100% refunds allowed with $100.00 fee deduction before 21 days prior to the term start date. -ex: if term starts May 22, last day for 100% refund is May 1st. -20 days to 10 days prior to term start, 50% refund policy will apply.

    *50% refunds allowed with $100.00 fee deduction before 10 days prior of term start date. -10th day is the last day eligable for any refund. ex: if term starts May 22, last day to request refund is May 12

*0% refund within 9 days period of term start date. -If you request refund on the 9th day prior to term start you will not be eligable for refund

  1. Transfers

    *There is a $50.00 fee per class of all transfers. (if there is space available)

    *No transfes Within 10 days of term start date -10th day is the last day to process a transfer ex: if term starts may 22, last day to request transfer is May 12

  2. Credits

    *Credits to other term will be allowed with $50.00 fee deduction per class. There is one year expiration. No credits within 2nd week of the term start date. no credits will be allowed.

  3. Payment Plan

    Partial payments (max three installments) are allowed with $50.00 fee deduction per each installments

    *First payment should be made more than 50% of the tuition with a $50.00 fee

    *2nd payment must be made more than 25% of the tuition with $50.00 fee

    *Final payment should be made with $50.00 fee before the one week prior to the first class.

*CREDITS HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE OF 1 YEAR FROM DATE ISSUED.

*REGULAR REGISTRATION RULES APPLY FOR CREDIT USE. PLEASE SEE SECTION C2.

C12. Substitute teachers

In the rare event a current instructor cannot teach a class or mentorship because of professional and personal changes to their schedule, Brainstorm School will provide a qualified substitute instructor.

C13. Absences

Due to the nature of the courses, it is not possible to make-up missed classes. Since we cannot refund missed classes, we strongly advise student to make it to every session in order to get the most from each course.

C14. Do you offer free sit-in's?

Our school has an open visitation policy. To schedule a visit, please email us at: info@brainstormschool.com. Please refer below for our visitation rules:

C15. If I am awarded a Brainstorm School Scholarship, can I use that towards any class for the term?

No, Scholarships awarded to students before the start of each term, can only be used for the classes that are eligible for scholarship use.

*Please note that our scholarship policy is subject to change each school term.

*Full or partial scholarships cannot be used towards classes that have already been purchased. If a student already registered into a class, and is awarded a scholarship for the same course, then Brainstorm will provide school credits to be used in future term courses.

*The email used to register will be used for corresponding between school and students.

Questions for Uninstructed Mentorship

U1. Where should I start first?

Register at Brainstorm School’s Uninstructed Mentorship Program on the following link: brainstormschool.com/content/mentorship/.

(Information about our Uninstructed Mentorship Program can be read on the link above)

To see examples of our Uninstructed Mentorship Program please visit the following links:
Foundation: brainstormschool.com/portfolio/mentorship/foundation-mentorship-uninstructed/

Advanced: brainstormschool.com/portfolio/mentorship/advanced-mentorship-uninstructed/

*Please note, Uninstructed Mentorship video schedule for both foundation and advanced take place on the 1st monday of each month. Example: If you sign up after the first Monday of June, your first video release will be on the first Monday of July.

If you are a beginning artist or looking to focus on concept design, we recommend focusing on these areas:

  1. Foundation: sketching, drawing, form understanding and drawing from life.

  2. Understanding of values, lighting, color and digital medium

  3. Focused learning of design sensibilities, aesthetic and shape language

  4. Integration into designing for games and/or film

    Brainstorm recommends ‘Mentorship GROUP A’ for those wanting to develop and learn Sections 1 & 2.

    ‘Mentorship GROUP B’ is for those who seek to develop the high level design and art skills for professional portfolio and career building encompasses sections 3 & 4.

U2. How do I register for the Uninstructed Mentorship Program?

To register, please visit: brainstormschool.storenvy.com/products

A Student is considered registered when the full payment is received during time of registration.

A registration fee of $5.00 will be applied to each class, workshops, mentorships and uninstructed mentorships purchased.

*The email used to register will be used for corresponding between school and students.

U3. When is payment due?

Payment is due during time of registration. A Student is considered registered when the full payment is received during time of registration.

U4. How long is each uninstructed mentorship?

The Uninstructed Foundation Mentorship is 10 weeks long while the Advanced Mentorship is currently 9 weeks. Each mentorship contains over 20+ hours of video content.

U5. When is the first release of the first week's video?

The first video release will take place on the 1st Monday of each month. For example: If you sign up after the first Monday of June, your first video release will be on the first Monday of July. All video releases each week will be scheduled at 12pm pst.

U6. Can I submit my assignments for review?

This is an uninstructed Mentorship, and assignments are not required. Although an instructor will not be available to review your material, you are welcome to join the "Critique" Patreon community - patreon.com/critique

U7. Can I interact with other Uninstructed Mentorship Students?

Brainstorm has created a Facebook community page for Uninstructed Mentorship Students. You are free to join the community here: facebook.com/groups/857614117663224. You are free to post your artwork from the mentorship assignments for your 'classmates' to comment on.

U8. Refunds, Transfers, Credit Policy

Before 3 weeks prior to the first day of class – 100% refund or credits less processing fees. After 3 weeks no refunds, credits, and transfers allowed.

  1. Refunds – $150.00 fee will be applied for each class.

  2. Transfers – $50.00 fee will be applied for each class.

  3. Credits – $50.00 fee will be applied for each class

    CREDITS HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE OF 1 YEAR REGULAR REGISTRATION RULES APPLY

U9. Do I need a broadband connection to take classes?

Yes, Brainstorm School mentorship programs include video demos as well as online meetings which will require high speed internet for efficient and proper connection and bandwidth.

Please see the Google system requirements for more details: support.google.com/plus/answer/1216376?hl=en