FAQs

Q: What comes with my subscription?
Lots. The Stan Winston School is thoroughly dedicated to improving and preserving the fine art of character creation.  Stan shared everything he knew with a great number of master artists.  And many of those artists make up our incredible faculty.  Stan believed that talent was in the individual artist but technique and knowledge should be shared to advance the industry as a whole.  This school is the embodiment of that vision.

First and foremost, our subscribing students get unlimited access to all of the educational content on our site.  As of today, that's more than 500 hours of detailed, expert instruction and lectures by these fantastic artists, all in HD. And our online library grows every month with new webcourses from some of the most inspiring artists in the character creation and special effects fields.  As the modalities in the industry shift, so do our webcourses. From 2D design, to mechanics, to 3D output to whatever the future holds.

As the saying goes, there is more than one way to create a skin-less, sentient, evil Super-Cat.  Compelling character creation involves a combination of skills and disciplines coming together to make magic.  To that end, our Award-winning faculty cover a vast array of subjects, techniques and skill-sets - from big budget Creature FX approaches to DIY monsters that you can create for free in your garage.

You'll also have privileged access to the Stan Winston Studio archival library of behind-the-scenes footage and imagery, spanning nearly 40 years at the forefront of the monster-making business.

As a student, you'll receive awesome discounts on our entire catalog of DVDs and you'll get a first look at some amazing, in-person, once-in-your-lifetime opportunities: a series of hands-on, intensive, IN-SHOP webcourses with the guys who run the industry's top monster labs.

And that's just the beginning.  As enrollment increases, we fully expect to expand our offerings, guided by what we hear from you.

Q: Is a stream the same thing as a DVD?
A: Same content, different medium. But, yes, it's the exact same webcourse, verbatim. The only difference is, in the stream you have the option to watch in HD as well as standard def. (That goes for our subscription streams as well!)

Q: Where is the Stan Winston School located?
A: We are located in cyberspace, accessible to Creature FX students and fans worldwide at www.stanwinstonschool.com.

Q: What type of education is required to enroll?
A: The Stan Winston School of Character Arts is open to anyone with a curious mind. No previous experience or education is required.

Q: What is the appropriate age for viewing the Stan Winston School Webcourses?
A: Our webcourses span a wide range of techniques and are consequently geared to a varying level of skill sets. We feel that even the most basic webcourses would probably require at least a 7th Grade (13-year-old) level of comprehension. The content and language used by our artist/instructors may not be appropriate for every student. If you are a parent with concerns about appropriate language and imagery (realistic depictions of gore, occasional adult language) it might be best to review specific lessons before sharing them with your younger children.

Q: What is the application process?
A: Just sign up, subscribe and you’re in!  Or test the waters by streaming or purchasing a specific lesson on DVD.

Q: Is there a degree program?
AStan Winston School does not currently offer a degree program. We are a resource for individuals who want to learn the ins-and-outs of all aspects of Character Arts and we offer unprecedented access to industry professionals who show you in-detail how they do what they do. 

That being said, we DO offer individual webcourse Certificates of Completion or Mastery for students who enroll in and complete all project assignments for our Live Webcourses at the "Online Worskhop" level.

Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: We do not currently offer financial aid.

Q: How do you handle purchases by international students?
A: Stan Winston School lists ALL prices in US Dollars. Should you make a credit purchase, your credit card company will automatically convert the amount based on current exchange rates.

Q: What’s your Return Policy?
A: Stan Winston School of Character Arts will accept unopened or damaged/defective product within 60 days of sale. Please see our RETURNS section for more information.

Q: Is my Personal and Credit Card information safe?
A: Your information is safe with us. All personal data, including Credit Card information is encrypted and stored on our secure server.

Q: Is my information kept private?
A: We do not make any collected information available to unrelated third parties whether for sale, rent, or for free, without your consent. Please see our PRIVACY POLICY for more information.

Q: Can I make purchases by phone?
A:
We do not accept payments by phone. All transactions must be made ONLINE, via our secure e-commerce SHOPPING CART.

Q: Why do some On-Demand Webcourse DVDs cost more than others?
A: When the length of an On-Demand Webcourse requires a 2 or 3 DVD set, we factor the extra manufacturing costs into the pricing.
 

TECHNICAL FAQ

Q: When playing an On-Demand webcourse stream on Chrome I hear audio but don't see the picture.
A: Instead of using Chrome try using the Firefox browser.

Q: When I try to play an On-Demand webcourse stream I get an error message on the video window.
A:
 When an error message appears clear your cache and cookies from your browser, this helps the site run smoothly.

Q: What is the best way to contact Stan Winston School to resolve a problem?
A:
To resolve a problem, you can reach us via e-mail: info@stanwinstonschool.com

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