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FAQ


FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a major in Photography/Graphic Design/Video Game Development?
No, we offer ONE course; it is a hands-on specialized course that leads to a Diploma in Visual Arts & Communication. In our program, students spend their first two years focusing on traditional drawing and painting skills. At the end of the second year, students then choose either illustration or concept art as a concentration for their third and fourth year. The program is designed for students who wish to have a career as concept artists and commercial illustrators.

How many classes do I take each day/week?
Our program is skill based which means that you work on a specific project until it is finished. Each morning starts with an hour and a half of sketching exercises prior to working on individually assigned projects. Much like an apprenticeship, all students have a private easel and are expected to be at school from 9:00-6:00, Monday-Friday. After all, in the real world, you’ll need to work business hours too! For a full list of courses and descriptions, click here.

What about Math/Science/English classes?
At Gemini School, we focus on career preparation for future concept artists and commercial illustrators. Therefore, gaining a high level of skill in drawing, painting and digital art is our top priority. We do not offer classes in math, science or English. Our four-year program includes subjects necessary to become a successful commercial artist: drawing, painting, digital media (including Photoshop, 3DStudio Max, and Painter), concept art, character development, anatomy, perspective, and photography. For a full list of courses and descriptions, click here.

What SAT or ACT scores do I need to be admitted to Gemini School?
Gemini School does not require prospective students to take either the SAT or ACT exam. You are required to have a high school diploma or GED, complete a written application and personal interview/portfolio review. To get an application form click here [PDF – 21.6MB].
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What is the application deadline?
Gemini School accepts “rolling” admissions applications. If there is a place available and you are selected for admission, you will be able to start at the beginning of the first available term.

What kind of portfolio do I need for my interview/portfolio review?
At your interview/portfolio review, we like to see samples that reflect your best work. If you have originals, bring them, but quality reproductions are fine too. Remember we do NOT expect prospective students to show work at the level of our currently enrolled students.

Can I transfer credits from another school?
No, Gemini School does not accept transfer credits. However, your progress at Gemini School is based on your individual ability/skill level, not on that of your peers.

What about Federal Student Loan or Grant Programs?
Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, COE, and students of Gemini School are eligible for Federal Student Aid. Please call 512-249-0187 or email Colette@geminischool.com for details on how to apply and on how to complete a FAFSA. Gemini School students who are eligible US Military Veterans or dependents may use their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for our program. To determine your benefit status, please visit the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs website and then contact us at Colette@geminischool.com or call 512-249-0187 for further instructions

Do you have student housing on campus?
We don’t have on-site student housing, however, most of our students live in apartments, condos or private homes in the Northwest Austin/Cedar Park area. There are many options available to fit a variety budgets. For more information on housing options in and around Austin, click here.

Any other questions? Give us a call at 512-249-0187.

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