School of Visual Concepts

Humans teach here.

We’re a small, highly personal, Seattle-based school offering a la carte classes and workshops, as well as intensive certificate programs lasting several weeks. We’re the school you want to attend when you’re staring down a new career path or simply need to bone up on a specific area of learning.

Started in 1971 by Dick and Cherry Brown, SVC was a school taught by those actually in the business. And with each brilliant instructor who’s come through our classrooms over the years, that philosophy has remained the same.

When you come to SVC, you get hands-on experience with someone whose hands are still all the way on. And not just on, but contributing in a major way at top firms for the biggest, most prestigious brands around. This is something you can’t get online or even at many of the bricks-and-mortar schools. Our live classroom environment allows these talented instructors to start and stop, re-explain, and give personal feedback.

It can also help you land a job. If the instructor likes you, of course.

Upcoming Events

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September 7, 10:00 am

Urban Sketching: Learning on Foot

Urban sketching, also known as on-location drawing, is just what it sounds like. Instead of snapping hundreds of photos that will go ignored in your phone, you lovingly document the world around you via on-site sketches — creating tangible, thoughtful artifacts from your urban life. If this sounds niche, it’s not. There’s a whole global community of people sharing this kind of work via the Urban Sketchers organization, founded by none other than your instructor, Gabriel Campanario.

Price: $245.

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September 13, 12:00 pm

Letterpress: Create at Lunch

If you’ve been curious about letterpress printing, but not ready to dive into a full 10-week evening class, how about a couple of hours over your lunch break? For a small investment of time and dollars, you can spend part of your day creating in our beautifully equipped letterpress shop. While letterpress printing is a skill that can take a lifetime to master, you can definitely produce some great results more quickly than you might think. So, for those of you who have been wanting to stick a tiny toe into the letterpress waters, this little workshop will knock your socks off.

Price: $85

Register here.

October 4, 12:00 pm

Letterpress: Create at Lunch

If you’ve been curious about letterpress printing, but not ready to dive into a full 10-week evening class, how about a couple of hours over your lunch break? For a small investment of time and dollars, you can spend part of your day creating in our beautifully equipped letterpress shop. While letterpress printing is a skill that can take a lifetime to master, you can definitely produce some great results more quickly than you might think. So, for those of you who have been wanting to stick a tiny toe into the letterpress waters, this little workshop will knock your socks off.

Price: $85

Register here.

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