Frequently Asked Questions:
Below you will find our FAQ policy. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if there are concerns to the questions and answers below, or if your question was not addressed. Please note that Focal Point School maintains the right to edit, modify and change the FAQ policy at any time.
1. Where should I start with classes?
There are nine classes which are divided into two sections- intro classes and advanced classes. We advise you to take the intro classes if you have never practiced drawing and designing, and if you are seeking to kickstart the confidence and smoothness in all the skills which are necessary in the industry. We advise you to sign up for advanced classes if you have several years of experience in drawing/designing but still need the upper edge to compete in the entertainment industry. These classes are recommended for aspiring/junior concept artists to professional individuals.
2. Do I need to register and make an account and/or subscribe to sign up for class?
The less clicks you are away from your learning experience at Focal Point, the better for you and us! This is why it is not mandatory to register in order to sign up for a class. You have the option of subscribing to our newsletter to be up to date with our latest news and offers.
3. When is payment due and what are the refund options?
In the beginning of 2019 we set up a new payment system in order to achieve the best results offering our students the most common and accessible forms of payment. The moment you sign up for a class is the moment you pay and secure your course(s) seat. Pre-orders are not possible at that moment.
Here are the following refund options:
- 100% refund deadline: 31 days prior to class start date
- 50% refund deadline: 10 days prior to class start date
- 0% refund within 9 days of class start date
4. What can I expect from each course?
Please refer to the class tabs on the website as details per class differ, such as length, price and class structure. However, in general, what you can expect from each class (but not limited to) are : weekly assignments, live demos, portfolio reviews, paint and sketch overs, guest lecturers, critique and feedback sessions, and class activities like outside plein-air paintings, museum visits, and reference trips around the Tri-City (Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia).
5. Do I need to present a portfolio prior to starting a class?
It is not mandatory to present your portfolio; however we highly recommend it to calibrate students’ needs so that the instructors can know what to focus on to help you in your professional career.
6. How many classes should I take each semester?
The more classes you take the better for you in the end. The learning curve increases as well, as it allows the student to absorb more knowledge when three classes are taken versus one class. However, we advise that you access your workload and make sure you will be able to complete the homework for all classes you sign up for in order to benefit the most from each class.
7. What if I am unable to attend to one of the classes?
We completely understand that unexpted things can happen during the course time. If you are not able to make it to one of your classes, you will receive all the materials we covered during that class. We also offer 1 time individual online feedback session from the class' instructor.
8. Will I be able to master the skill of a given class?
Each class at Focal Point School is packed with knowledge for you to absorb. The instructor of the class is responsible for delivering to you the best learning experience possible. Every individual absorbs knowledge at his or her own pace. Retaking classes for this reason is common and sometimes necessary to fully learn and understand the content taught in class. The term ‘’mastering a skill’’ is dependent on practicing long term, which is something that usually every industry professional has to continually do. At Focal Point School, we help you get better faster by integrating you in a disciplined environment with industry experienced professionals where you will be motivated and challenged to deliver your best work.
9. Do you offer international student visas?
We do not offer any visas. We recommend students coming from abroad to apply for the tourist visa. Students coming from the EU and the USA do not require a VISA application when traveling to Poland.
10. Do you offer help on finding accommodation for students coming from abroad/ further away than the Gdansk Area?
This will depend on the amount of students requesting such help. We do not cover the cost of students’ accomodation while they are taking classes.
Disclamer: Please note that Focal Point School is not responsible for housing choices and quality of accomodation.
11. Do I increase my chance of getting hired after I sign up for a class/classes?
At Focal Point School, it is our mission to provide you with a boost in your learning curve which is guaranteed by our instructors; you will therefore by default increase your chances. The second important thing to do is network. You will be put in an environment where you are surrounded by industry veterans and fellow students, and we advise that you use that community to forge friendships, network, and hopefully increase your chances of landing a job in the industry field with the more people you know.