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The Arcanum: An Online ‘Hogwarts’ Where You Can Learn One-on-One from the Pros

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In the past, before resumes, interviews and portfolios, there was the master/apprentice relationship. If you wanted to learn a trade, craft or skill, you sought out a master of that skill and humbly asked for their tutelage.

That system has all but disappeared where most professions are concerned, but photographer Trey Ratcliff wants to bring it back into the world of the arts, and he’s doing it through a newly-formed online “Magical Academy for the Mastery of the Arts” that he’s calling “The Arcanum.”

You can get a brief intro to what The Arcanum is all about by watching the video at the top and, if you’re like us, you’ll get pretty excited at the potential here. The benefits of mentoring are nothing new, and yet, in the digital, the desire to learn a new skill or improve on an existing one usually leads us to online tutorials that can’t possibly be tailored to your individual artistic path.


The Arcanum blends the old and the new by using the miracle of modern technology to connect Masters with multiple eager Apprentices online. In this way, beginners are offered one-on-one mentorship as they ‘level up’ until they ultimately prove themselves worthy of taking on their own “Mastery Cohort” of apprentices.

As the website puts it:

Imagine a type of Hogwarts, online in Augmented Reality, where you always have a connection to your Master and your fellow Apprentices. Get your head around that, and you’ll see where this is going…

Whether you’re a beginner who is excited at the prospect of being hand-picked by one of The Arcanum’s masters to grow your skills under their watchful eye, or a professional who would like to join the likes of Thomas Hawk, Gordon Laing, Karen Hutton, Jeremy Cowart, Frederick Van Johnson and many more as a Master in the program, The Arcanum is definitely worth checking out.

To learn more, get your name on the waiting list to become an apprentice or apply to be one of the Masters, head over to The Arcanum website by clicking here. There’s no cost to get on the wait list for an invitation from a Master, but once you’re selected, tuition (special introductory price) will run you $30 per month.

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