3 days intensive short course for professionals.

Art Direction

Virginie Bourdin's Master Course

An exclusive and original course designed by Virginie Bourdin who art directed some of the most beloved designs for films such as the Harry Potter franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wrath of the Titans, Barbie, the upcoming Alien series... and much more.

Level up your skills and be ready to surf on the next generation of design making!

Art Direction is the supervision of the visual development of a film, game, advertisement, or any artistic project.

Art Directors are the warrants of the design's relevance to a specific visual language and narrative.

They are responsible for both its development and successful execution. Art Directors hold the creative conversations between the creative and technical artists, and the filmmakers, agencies and clients.

This practical workshop of Art Direction will give you new tools and insights from the practices inside the film industry to broaden your skill set.

It is an exclusive and original course designed by Creative Director Virginie Bourdin, who created the first European VFX full-time concept artist position and the first VFX Art Department for film for the leading company MPC London, in 2008.

She has art-directed many artists such as: Alberto Mielgo, Jama Jurabaev, Maciej Kuciara, Ash Thorp, Olivier Pron, Richard Anderson (flapstrapp), Matt Alsopp, Jan Urschel, Andrei Riabovichev, David Benzal, Pablo Domínguez, Franco Carlesimo and many more extraordinary talented artists.

As well as artists, she has art-directed for well-known Film Directors, Production Designers, VFX Supervisors and Prop Masters from the high-end movie industry.

Art Direction Master Course

The best next step method

Definition and Objectives

This workshop is designed to develop your abilities to choose the best creative direction for yourself and others.

By giving you new tools and methods, we will build your confidence to surf on any new technological revolutions that come up throughout your career.

Through practice, without making a design per se but focusing on its ‘Art’ of direction:

  • You’ll practise briefing as an exciting form of art itself.
  • You’ll push a design’s narrative to be the most original it can be.
  • You’ll level up by using specific tools used in film; adding new strings to your bow.
  • We’ll be using an efficient proprietary method to navigate through projects and/or career paths.

This method is Virginie’s secret weapon: the Next Best Step Method. This tool has helped her resolve complex design and management situations for a very long time.

Most importantly, with Virginie and the other attendees you’ll create a safe space to look at all the newest tech, debate and decide what’s best for each of us.

This intensive practical course is tailored towards professional artists and art directors with or over 3 years of experience working with clients and/or supervisors.

Our selection process involves reviewing portfolios and resumes to create well-matched groups.

The course spans three consecutive Sundays in person, and a remote one-on-one session for each participant.

Course content

It’s Practice made into Theory: through hands-on experience with solo and group exercises, you’ll explore various contexts to discover fresh techniques for directing your own work and that of others.

  • Define and refine, break down and choose the best workflows within constraints.
  • Develop your ability to select references in order to create the most relevant design, serve the narrative, and guide the creative conversation.

Using various practices extracted from writers, advertising, animation, cinematography, management & production; all boiled down to useful original methods to boost your creativity in a relevant and efficient way. Throughout the course you'll gain a stronger understanding of your own style and develop versatility relevant to any creative field.

  • A map to see and choose your Next Best Step! An original feedback method that we'll use to give you more perspective and find solutions and directions from where you stand today.

Review of the latest technologies that claim to enhance our workflows. This is a space to share our experiences without taboos, asking the hard questions and seeing what's truly relevant for each of us.

With Virginie you'll be able to review your strengths and work in progress, your blockages and wishes in art direction. This session will happen at the end as a conclusion of the Master Workshop.

Course information

22h of effective workshops
across a 1 month period.

The content is spread along 3 Sundays in person, on the 12th, 19th and 26th of May at Joso School.
From 10 AM
until 7PM.

Including 1 hour resting lunch
and two 15 min pauses.
The course will be given in English and assisted in spanish by Oriol Armengol.
The group will not exceed 12 people to ensure best attention to the attendees.

Course Access

This course is designed for artists and art directors who have worked for at least 3 years and have experience with clients and/or supervisors.

In order for us to create a coherent group, a selection will be made through a portfolio review. The portfolio that needs to be delivered must contain the following: 
  • 1 or 2 projects for clients or supervisors detailing in which position you intervene in.
  • Each of the projects showing the creative process from beginning to end in 3 to 6 steps. 
  • Portfolio & resume


Joso school partners with Virginie Bourdin

to offer you an exclusive and original course.

«After a 26 year career in the world of film as well as in advertising & animation; and as the premise of a new era of image making is unfolding,

I felt the urge to share some of my key skills in art direction. Wishing for every one of you to strengthen your art direction skills and be able to surf on any upcoming technological trend to create meaningful content.”

To deliver the class in english and castellano, Virginie will be assisted by Oriol Armengou who has 10 years experience as a language teacher and work as a Coordinator for the AOD Visuals Studio.

Virginie Bourdin

Creative Director

Oriol Armengou

Course Assistant

What is Joso School?

Exclusive Short Master Course in partnership with JOSO School in Barcelona.

Joso School (Escola Joso) is more than ever a reference in the teaching of visual arts and storytelling. Some of the best cartoonists who are currently publishing have passed through its classes, as well as many incredible concept artists, illustrators and even script writters.

Joso School (Escola Joso) is right at the hart of Barcelona, specifically in the Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample.

The city is always pioneering in creativity and adapts to all the new trends in the trends of the Visual Arts industry.

The school is considered the dean of the Sequential Arts centres os Spain.

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Would you like to find out further information?


Is it necessary to have previous experience in order to enrol in this course?

Yes, this course is designed for artists and art directors who have worked with clients and/or in a team for at least 3 years.

What are the conditions in order to get into this course?

Portfolio review and resume. A link to a website or 10 various images and resume to be uploaded as you’ll fill the inscription.

How can I access the course if I live outside of the region or even the country?

Thank you for contacting us to let us know of your interest to enrol. We would contact you in the future if an online course would occur.

Where can I find the price and the schedules for the course?

Contact JOSO School in order to get these details.

What sort of professionals are leading this course?

I would get rid of it ! And put these important informations in the page where we explain the partnership.

Does the school organise open houses for students?

Please contact JOSO in order to get this information.

When can I enrol into the course?

March and May. Please contact JOSO in order to get this information.

What is the main language for this course?

It is a course that will be imparted in English and Spanish. 

The course will be given in English and assisted in Spanish by Oriol Armengou who has 10 years of experience as a language teacher and who works as a Coordinator for the AOD Visuals Studio.

Is it possible to enrol if I am a foreigner?

Yes, absolutely

What tools do I need in order to properly do the course?

No specific tools are needed from your part when happening in location.

A station would be available for the practical sessions.

Only access to the Internet will be needed for the one-on-one remote session.

©All right reserved to AOD visuals, The movingPicture company and their clients.

Webpage Image credits: artists art directed by Virginie Bourdin by order of apparition and subject:
Kronos/Wrath of the Titans/MPC by T. Nguyen/M. Tomkins, Spongebob/MPC by M. Tomkins, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by S. Levallois
keyArt/Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by V. Petrauskas, keyArt/In the Heart of the sea by MPC art dept., keyArt/Goosebump by MPC art dept, EscapePod/Captain Marvel by P. Dominguez, Tower/Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by O. Pron, The weird Barbie house/Barbie by blackFrog, Transformation/Cinderella by Virginie Bourdin, keyArt/Jurassic World:, Fallen Kingdom by J. Rosman, KeyArt/Captain Marvel by P. Dominguez, Lead Mimic/The edge of tomorrow by T. Nguyen, Hala City/Captain Marvel by C. Kesner, The School of Good and Evil by M. Simonetti & L. Guggenberger, Quadjet/Captain Marvel by J. Ursel, keyArt/Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom by J. Rosman, KeyArt/The School of Good and Evil by BlackFrog, KeyArt/assassins creed by A. Riabovitchev, Raccoon’s weapon/Guardians of the galaxy by G. Blaise

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