Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication
501 Prize Oaks Drive
Cedar Park, TX 78613
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The school’s mission, “turning talent into a profession” is realized through a rigorous, integrated art and technology training program where students master traditional drawing and painting and then learn to apply those skills to cutting-edge design software in our state of the art Digital Media Lab.
For a young artist in today’s commercial market, the ability to combine strong traditional skills with strong design software knowledge is critical to obtaining employment with the top creative firms in the advertising, video game, publishing, entertainment, technology and fine art industries.
Our graduates leave Gemini School as savvy professionals ready to succeed in any environment.
At Gemini School, we are dedicated to the education of professional artists. From first year students to working concept artists, illustrators and designers, our programs are designed to provide professional-level instruction in art.
Our overall guiding philosophy is “giving back”. We believe that as professional artists, it is our responsibility to share our technical and artistic knowledge and experiences with future colleagues to ensure the advancement of our craft. And, as working artists and educators, we believe in the tenants of artistic freedom, integrity and professional ethics and expect the same from our students.
The Gemini School of Illustration was founded in Berkshire, England in 1984 by world-renowned fine artist and illustrator Roger Barcilon. He opened the school with one goal in mind: to share with his students the knowledge he had painstakingly acquired during his career. Roger’s philosophy of treating students like future professionals and sharing his experiences gave students a unique “apprenticeship” education—unlike most traditional art schools at that time.
Word of Gemini School’s illustration program quickly attracted students from all over the world and the school thrived for over 15 years in its original location with over 85% of graduates working as fine artists and illustrators in their chosen field including film, advertising, publishing, and design.
In the mid 1990’s Roger discovered the power of combining traditional drawing and painting skills with technology using the computer software program Fractal Painter. With these early experiments in digital media, Roger realized the future of art and illustration was rapidly changing and encouraged his students to adopt these exciting new tools.
By the late 1990’s, the merging of art and technology was a reality as the video game industry was expanding and with it, new opportunities for well-trained artists.
In 1997, a prominent US-based video game publisher approached Roger with an opportunity to not only work as an artist in this burgeoning field, but to train their current artists using his teaching methods to create the visually compelling worlds we take for granted today. As he accepted that offer, the Gemini School of Illustration was closed and the Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication was reborn in Cedar Park, Texas, with the same commitment to world class art education as its UK sister.
Although the location had changed, the philosophy of Gemini School remained the same: “To Turn Talent into a Profession”. In this inspiring Texas Hill Country environment with a large Texas limestone structure, peaceful grounds and towering oak trees, Roger created a new, integrated curriculum combining classic drawing and painting with cutting edge graphics software training – taught by professional working artists – all leaders in their fields and committed to excellence in art education.
After undergoing a two-year approval process with the State of Texas, the Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication opened to its first students in October 2003. By August 2009, the student enrollment hit the current maximum full-time enrollments of 24 students. Today, Gemini School graduates can be found working as commercial artists in the video game, film, special effects, advertising and publishing industries for studios such as Disney Interactive and Electronic Arts.
By the end of 2009, it became evident that Gemini School needed to apply for accreditation and offer to its students eligibility to Title IV Federal Student Aid. By the middle of 2012, Gemini School became fully accredited by the Council for Occupational Education (COE) followed a year later by approval from the Department of Education and now Gemini students are eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid.