The most personal, effective and fun way to Level Up your skills.
The Arcanum delivers a personalized learning experience that values people over place, and coaching over content.
Using the time-tested Master & Apprentice learning method within an online social community, you can quickly close the gap between aspiration and ability.
Apply Today for an Apprenticeship
Apply now to join The Arcanum and be part of an exciting new learning experience, community and movement. Your application will be placed in the Apprentice Antechamber until a Master personally invites you to their Cohort.
Monthly Membership Dues will only begin after you accept a Master's invitation.
Our Mission is to unlock the creative awesome in every individual, and thereby, enrich the world.
A Magical Learning Experience
Unlock the Awesomeness within You!
We combine the best parts of the Master & Apprentice learning method and we supercharge it into a magical learning experience that places YOU at the center of it all.
- One-on-One Coaching and Critiques by a Master
- Custom Learning Path based on Your Goals
- Encouragement and Accountability from your Cohort
- Vast selection of Learning Resources in the Grand Library
- Inspiration from the entire Arcanum community
Our Vision is to create a connected movement around what we love: lifelong learning, creativity and art..
Epic Stories of Life Change
Hear Directly From Apprentices and Masters
We're honored to provide a place where individuals can learn and grow within a strong relational community. Visit The Arcanum Stories to hear more from our members.
...we’re all learning from each other, helping each other through our critique process.
I’ve never had another professional photographer spend so much time with me, taking each image and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses.
The core of the Arcanum is the cohort, your group of peers who rely on your input in the preparation for your critique with your master. It is quid pro co – you will only get back as much as you give. If you are not prepared to provide meaningful feedback to their work, they are unlikely to give the same to you.
The most important realization so far has been recognizing and acknowledging my own value and the value of my work. I am slowly coming to terms with all the roadblocks I have put in my own way over the years. No longer blaming others for my failings and refusing to allow myself to feel powerless. My work is changing all on it's own. A truer more centered version of myself is slowly beginning to appear and so is it's reflection in my work.
There are scores of learning opportunities for photographers, but due to my location, family situation and limited means, they were always just out of reach. Arcanum is like a mystical bridge for me, opening a door I didn't think could ever be opened. Words truly can't express my gratitude for the opportunity given to me today and I am beyond thrilled to get started on this exciting journey.
Allow our curiosity to create an ever-growing and multi-faceted mind
The Arcanum... How it Works
The first few steps within The Arcanum are common to everyone who applies but quickly becomes customized to your specific interests and learning goals. Here's a quick glance at those initial milestones. If you have additional questions have a look at our FAQ.
Apply to The ArcanumThe application process is fun, fast and free. You provide a few details about yourself, your interests and goals. Then your application is placed in the Antechamber where Masters personally review and select their next Apprentice.
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Join the Grand LibraryThe Grand Library houses a vast, rapidly growing collection of amazing learning resources, including incredible tutorials and critiques from amazing Masters. You can enjoy the Grand Library while you wait for a Master to select you.
Learn more about the Grand Library
Receive an InvitationA Master has personally chosen you from thousands of other qualified applicants! The invitation will be delivered via the email address your provided on your application, so be watching for it. You don't want to miss out on this amazing opportunity!
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Become an ApprenticeYou chose to accept the personal invitation from a Master to become their Apprentice. Your personalized learning experience is about to begin. This is an exciting time for you and for your Master! Things will move faster now, so be ready!
View the Expectations of an Apprentice
Your First AssignmentYou'll soon receive your first assignment from your Master. The early Levels help you to become familiar with the mysterious ways of The Arcanum. To see an example of what's in store, have a look at the Leveling Guide for the Photography Discipline.
View an example of a Learning Path
Meet your CohortEach Cohort typically has about 20 Apprentices. We're confident you'll learn as much, if not more, from the other Apprentices as you will from your Master. They will provide you with valuable feedback, accountability and encouragement at every Level.
Read Stories from our Members
Define your Learning GoalsThe Arcanum places YOU at the center of the learning experience. Your Master will help you to define your personal learning goals and will then customize the Levels to help you meet those goals. This is key difference from traditional, content-centric learning models.
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Level Up at Your Own PaceThe pace of your progress is completely within your control. This is not a one-size fit, pass or fail, learning model. We understand that each person's schedule and and learning pace is unique. Your Cohort will have Apprentices at many different levels.
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Embrace the counter-intuitive wisdom of vulnerability and humility
More Areas of Study are Added Regularly
We’re getting started with Masters dedicated to various fields of photography and other visual arts. As the Arcanum grows, we will add in other disciplines that benefit from the Master-Apprentice system of learning.
Interested in Other Disciplines?
If you’re interested in a particular Discipline that we do not currently offer please let us know! We are always looking to add new artistic disciplines. So go ahead and Apply Now as an Apprentice or as a potential Master. We are starting small but we’re growing fast!Apply to The Arcanum now!
Invent the rhythm of the world we want to live in
The Arcanum Masters
We are honored to have world-class Masters
Below is a small sample of the many Masters in The Arcanum. Visit our Meet the Masters page to see a more complete roster. Or, learn more about the expectations of a Master and the path to becoming a Master.
Interested in becoming a Master?
Are you passionate about sharing your talents and techniques with others? Are you excited about mentoring others through their own artistic path? Perhaps you’re interested in one of our existing Disciplines or would like to establish a new one? If so, then we would love to hear from you! Learn more about the expectations of a Master and the path to becoming a Master in The Arcanum.Learn More
Inject the elements of fun, fancy, and fantasy into our movement of art
The Grand Library
Take a peek inside The Deepness
The Grand Library of The Arcanum houses a vast, rapidly growing collection of amazing learning resources, including incredible tutorials and critiques from amazing Masters. Watch a sneak peek into this ever expanding athenaeum!
Learn how to Unlock the Grand Library
We are now offering access to the hundreds of Masters’ tutorial and critique videos in The Arcanum Grand Library to anyone with a completed application. Login to the The Arcanum now to sign-up or visit this page for more details.
Build a unified, collaborative environment that fosters creativity and experimentation
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Applying is Fun
We've got a fun application process that gets you started on your path through The Arcanum. You'll provide us with some basic information about you, your passions and what Disciplines are interesting to you. We'll add you to the Apprentice Antechamber, where you'll wait for a Master to personally select you to be a part of their Cohort.
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Applying is Free
The application process is free, and you'll only begin paying the membership dues of just $79 USD per month after you accept an invitation from a Master. There is no long term commitment. You may cancel at anytime. You will not be charged while you wait to be selected by a Master.