Ash Thorp teams up with friends to launch Learn Squared

Ash Thorp, Andrew Hawryluk, Maciej Kuciara and Anthony Jones have teamed up to launch Learn Squared, an offering of online courses that (for now) focus on concept development and design. 

Image from the UI and Data Design for Film course

Image from the UI and Data Design for Film course

There are three levels of enrollment. The Basic and Learn Squared plans let learners access video content whenever they want; while the Professional level provides real-time, chat-based interaction with the teacher.

“We release the educational content weekly, assigning homework,” says Ash about the Professional level. “Then we meet once a week with our mentorship students and have one on one time to go over the growth and hardships.”

Image from Intro to 3D Concept Design

Image from Intro to 3D Concept Design

One of the differentiators of Learn Squared is its co-teaching model. Classes are structured so that learners follow one artist teaching another artist from a different field.

Ash told us why this is crucial for them:

Learn Squared is designed around the idea of encouraging people to keep going, keep creating by dispelling the myth that talent is given. We believe its earned through repletion and hard work.

They will see me learning from my co-teacher and see my trials and tribulations along the way as well. So we are learning and failing together.

Learn Squared seems to be off to galloping start, with most of the Professional level courses already sold out. If you’re currently enrolled, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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One Comment

David Ochudzawa

OMG, I haven’t done a course in YEARS!

I’ve signed up with a Learn Squared UI course and I’m loving it so far. I didn’t sign up for a professional course because of budget reasons and also because I wanted to try it out first. I never doubted Ash in his a ability to teach. He has already proven himself very well articulated in his Podcast and there is so much honest in his intention.

I love the fact there is homework. Even though I will not get the chance to share my homework with teachers this time, I am still doing it because the only person I need to prove anything to is myself – discipline and opportunity to share with the community that Learn Squared is bringing together in a unique way.

I cannot wait to see where my journey takes me with this leap of faith but its definitely exciting.

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