Virtual Art Academy
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Academy Calibre Art Instruction

With our online painting course, our goal is to give you the equivalent or better education than you would get at a prestigious Art Academy or Art University.

Tuition and fees for an Art Academy such as the Master of Fine Art program at the Academy of Art University San Francisco will cost you  $20,797 per year.

If you travel long distance to learn from a top professional painter, just a single week-long workshop will cost you between $2000 and $3,000 taking into account the cost of tuition, air fares, car rental, food and lodging.


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✓ Comprehensive curriculum of 192 Lessons, 40+ Videos, 48 eBooks & 300+ Assignments

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Virtual Art Academy beginner friendly?

Yes! We teach artists at all levels. Whether you have never painted before, or you are a working professional artist, the Virtual Art Academy has appropriate painting lessons for you.

Can I change my subscription from Apprentice Lite to Apprentice Pro at any time?

Absolutely. You can upgrade from an Apprentice Lite subscription to an Apprentice Pro subscription at any time.

Can I downgrade my subscription from Apprentice LIte to Apprentice Pro if I find my time is limited?

Absolutely. You can change your subscription from an Apprentice Pro subscription to an Apprentice Lite subscription if you wish. However you will find that in the long term, the Apprentice Pro subscription works out cheaper. If you stay a member for 4 years, the cost of an Apprentice Pro subscription drops to an average of $44 per month, and after 6 years the average is only $33 per month. This is because after 2 years we offer our loyal long-term Apprentice Pro members a reduced membership of only $9.95 per month in order to help them stay connected to our unique community.

What is your refund policy?

We have a 30 day Money-Back Guarantee. If you are not happy for any reason, within 30 days we will refund your first month’s membership fee with no conditions attached. We want to be sure that the program is right for you and that you are happy with your purchase

Can I cancel at any time during my program?

Yes absolutely. you can cancel your subscription at any time and owe nothing. The Virtual Art Academy works on a monthly subscription basis so you can stop at any time. You are not committed to completing all four years of the program.

Are there any cost reductions available on my monthly membership fees?

If you are an Apprentice Pro member you are eligible for our Pro Loyalty Program that gives you the benefit of a reduced membership rate of only US$9.95 per month after 24 months.

What is the difference in total cost of between Academy Lite and Academy Pro?

If you are an Apprentice Lite member the average monthly cost of your education over a four year period is US$49 per month. If you are an Apprentice Pro member, your average monthly cost is only US$44 per month. If you stay a member for 6 years (many of our members do), this cost drops to only US$33 per month.

How do I qualify for the Apprentice Pro Loyalty Plan?

Simply keep up with your monthly Apprentice Pro subscription payments without a pause. After 24 payments are complete you are eligible for the US$9.95 per month reduced monthly membership fee. Important: You must make sure you update your credit card details if your card number changes, of if you get a new card with a new expiration date.

How long does it take to complete the Apprentice Program?

It typically takes 4 years if you do the program at the rate of one lesson per week. You need about 6-8 hours per week to do the assignments. If you have more time and would like to move through the program faster you can complete the program in two years. You would need a about 16-24 hours per week depending on how much time you spent on the assignments. The more time you spend, the more thoroughly you will build up your foundational skills. The speed with which you do the program is totally up to you. You can go as fast or as slow as you like.

What does the monthly membership pay for?

Your monthly membership fee pays for access to our student Online Campus:

  • Our Tip of the Day series: Master tips delivered to your home screen every day to help you solve common painting problems and help you do your assignments.
  • A Monthly Master Profile – an introduction to the best old (and contemporary) masters you need to study to improve your work.
  • Access to our online glossary of painting terms and techniques, with links to our lesson program, so you get instant answers to your painting questions.
  • Access to our online custom learning plan tool to help you fine turn your lesson plan to suit your individual needs.
  • Storage on our servers for your assignments so you can see your progress throughout the course.
  • Access to our exclusive Online Campus where you can interact with our friendly community of members from all over the world .
  • Access to our streaming video servers so you can review lessons whenever you want.
  • Our customer support hotline.
How do the Virtual Art Academy® online painting classes compare with attending a four-year program at prestigious art school?

We provide a much broader curriculum than you would get at a traditional art school or classical realism atelier. 

We teach not only the traditional classical realism curriculum that was taught in the French academies, but also impressionist color techniques,and the principles of modern art and abstract art. Our program is even suitable for photographers who are interested in artistic photography.

With the Virtual Art Academy program you can choose your style. You are not pigeonholed into just one style.

How do the Virtual Art Academy online painting classes compare with attending a one-week workshop with a professional artist?

Each year of our Apprentice Program contains the equivalent of four workshops of information with a top professional artist. If you take just a week-long workshop with a top professional artist, you could easily pay $3000 for the week. This would include the cost of airfare, lodging, and tuition. For the same cost, with the Virtual Art Academy you get 16 workshops worth of information!

And the advantage with the Virtual Art Academy is that you can fit the workshops into your own schedule. You have complete control over when you do the lessons.

Is my credit card information secure?
We do not store your credit card information on our server. All of our transactions are handled by FastSpring, Bright Market, LLC of Santa Barbara, California and Bicester, England who adhere to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and are regularly audited to ensure the highest levels of data security.

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