What type of artwork should I submit?
We accept artwork from one or more of the following mediums: pencil drawing, painting, sculpture, digital painting, graphic design, motion graphics, 3D art, or animation. Please only submit high-quality photos or scans of the originals, at a maximum size of 8.5” x 11”. Artwork must not contain elements created by any other individual. Submitted artwork will not be returned.
Do I need to have 3D software experience?
No. Saturday Academy courses are designed to introduce students to industry-relevant software for the first time.
How long will it take to hear back once I submit?
A response is sent in the mail and by email within two weeks after the application deadline.
If I’m not accepted, can I apply again?
Yes! Due to high demand and limited seats, Gnomon’s Saturday Academy has a competitive application process. If you’re not accepted the first time, don’t be discouraged. We recommend speaking with an admissions advisor for more specific advice on how to increase your chances next time.
How many courses can I take each quarter?
Students can only enroll in one (1) course per term, as all classes occur during the same time slot; Saturday mornings from 9am to 12pm.
I will be in 9th grade next year. Can I apply now?
Yes. As long as you will be enrolled in high school (grades 9 – 12) and at least 14 years old at the time your Saturday Academy class begins, you are eligible to apply.
I am 18 but still in high school. Can I apply?
Yes, as long as you are still enrolled in high school during the duration of the Saturday Academy course.
I am home-schooled or enrolled in alternative education. Can I apply?
Yes, as long as you are enrolled in high school or a high school equivalent program.
Will there be homework?
Students enrolled in Drawing for Entertainment can expect 1- 3 hours of homework per week. Students enrolled in the software-based courses, 3D Animation and Visual Effects or 3D Digital Sculpting, will not be assigned homework.
Where are the classes held?
Saturday Academy classrooms are located on the second floor of the Television Center building within Gnomon’s campus.
Classrooms are not accessible by elevator.

Questions from Parents

Will this help my child get accepted to Gnomon?
Acceptance into Gnomon’s full-time programs is highly competitive, however there are several ways for students to increase their chances of acceptance by developing their skills prior to applying. Gnomon’s Saturday Academy and Digital Arts Summer Camp are excellent opportunities to expose students to the various concepts, software, and methodologies within visual effects, animation and games production. For more information on how to best prepare your child for a college-level art program, we recommend speaking to admissions advisor.
What does it mean to be on the waitlist?
Due to high demand and limited seats, it’s necessary for Gnomon to utilize a waitlist for accepted students. If and when a space becomes available, waitlisted students will be contacted in order of their application date. Waitlists are specific to the term in which a student applies and is accepted.
Accepted students who are waitlisted for a class but are not granted enrollment are encouraged to reapply for a future term. For more information, please contact saturdayacademy@gnomon.edu.
If my child was previously accepted to the Saturday Academy do they need to reapply for future terms?
Yes. Whether an accepted student was enrolled or waitlisted for a previous term, they must reapply for any future term they wish to enroll. This ensures that all applicants are given a fresh opportunity to secure a spot each term.
What is the student to staff/faculty ratio?
9:1 is the student to staff/faculty ratio. As class sizes are limited to 15 students, the student to faculty to ratio is 15:1.
Where can I find more information regarding drop-off and pick-up, parking, and other logistics?
This information, along with detailed policies, emergency protocols, and staff contacts will be sent to accepted students as part of an acceptance packet. For additional questions, please feel free to contact our admissions office at (323) 466-6663 or by email: admissions@gnomon.edu
Are there additional supplies we will need to purchase?
Students enrolled in Drawing for Entertainment are responsible for supplying their own drawing supplies averaging approximately $80 in cost. A supply list will be provided on or before the first day of class.
Students enrolled in the software-based courses will not need additional supplies.
What is your policy on absences?
We expect all Saturday Academy students to attend every class. In the case it is necessary your child misses a class, you must call or email saturdayacademy@gnomon.edu
If your child misses two (2) classes, for any reason, they will be dropped from the program. Students will be notified of their withdrawal via email.
Will my child receive a grade or transferrable course credit?
No. Saturday Academy courses are experiential; they are not graded and not for credit.