A radically new approach in master's level art studies, the Art Department has expanded to Austin and hired many local professional artists as teachers. Founders Jason Manley and John English have a history establishing new concepts in the teaching and commerce of art. TAD also has "pods" located in San Francisco; Kansas City, Mo.; and Richmond, Va., and offers an extensive course schedule available both online and on-site, as well as hosting international art and design symposiums. Traditional and digital art merge in a 30-month intensive program that bridges the gap between learning the art of art and actually being a professional artist.