Hey lovelies, we have an exciting announcement!

Drum roll… We’ve decided to restructure how we offer the Design House Prep School courses.

Here’s the deal. Initially, we had decided to run Prep School on a true school schedule, moving on from one semester to the next and expiring courses following each semester.  We chose to structure our school this way to help teach time management and to encourage people to actually consume and finish the courses by giving them a deadline.

A year into our Prep School adventure, we’ve noticed a few things.  Firstly, for various reasons in and out of their control, people are not finishing courses within the semester time period. Secondly, as new students discover and join our school, there are previous semesters’ courses that interest them and would help them on their journey as creative business people.

We hear your concerns, we want to work together to grow everyone’s businesses, and we want our community to continue to flourish. So! We’ve decided to make the courses perpetually available for everyone. Once you buy a course, that video is YOURS--to start when you're ready, to finish at your own pace, and to go back to any time you need a refresher. We try to pack as much information into those 45 minutes (or more! …because sometimes there’s too much to talk about…!) as possible, and we love that you guys re-watch the videos to check in on your own progress. And now you can do that any time you want!

Now here’s the part we’re really excited about. Here at Prep School, we really believe in not just taking the money to invest in ourselves and our businesses, but also taking the time to follow through on a monetary investment and actually take the classes we purchase.

We’ve all been there. You read a catchy launch email, you get inspired by the beautiful pictures of what you could learn… your credit card info is saved in your browser… And then real life happens and your online course just sits out there. On the internet. Waiting for you. And worst of all, you don’t learn what you wanted to learn in the first place!

With this in mind, for our upcoming semester of Prep School, we have some super awesome perks for students who complete their coursework in a timely manner. If something happens and you can’t quite swing finishing the lessons within the time frame of the semester, no worries, you’ll still get access to the awesome courses, the Facebook group, school-wide live streams, and bonus videos. 


However! Students who complete their courses* by a certain date in the semester—this time that date is November 16, two months into the semester—will get some perks.
*completed an entire individual course or at least one whole course in the class pass

No. 1 - Our eyes on your work

Homework up to this point has been less of a focus that we would like, so for the first few months of this next semester, we will be putting more focus and attention on homework.  Assignments will be more interactive, and anyone who posts theirs on our private Facebook group during the semester will get direct feedback and support from the DHPS team.

No. 2 - Special access

Students who have completed their courses by November 16th will get to participate in a Live Q&A session just for them!  Less students in the Q&A means more time to go in-depth into your questions and issues with specific examples so we can really work through and try to find solutions. Prior to the Q&A, you’ll get the chance to send in your specific questions to make sure we answer everything for you!

You might ask, how is this different from our regular school-wide live sessions? We like to use those as a chance to make announcements, discuss the school, and get to hang out with you, our awesome students! In comparison, these sessions will focus on problem-solving and us being there to help you specifically.

No. 3 - Even special-er access!

Finally, finishing your classes by November 16 will automatically enter you into a random drawing for a 45 minute one-on-one mentor session with Victoria to ask or discuss anything you would like. Seriously, anything! Three lucky students will be chosen at random, and we’ll get the mentoring on the books for January.

Whew! That’s a lot of information. Thanks for sticking with us. Shoot us an email if you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.

TL;DR -- classes are available for you forever! Awesome perks available for you this semester! We’re super psyched to launch this semester!!

All our love,
Victoria, Karen, Monday & the Menagerie

 Here, have some pretty ribbons <3

Here, have some pretty ribbons <3

Victoria Rothwell
Semester III

Semester III is almost here! 

We have all our classes lined up and we're excited to share them with you! 

Registration will begin on September 1, so keep an eye out for our launch email! 

Victoria Rothwell
Semester I & II Expiring Soon!

Dear lovely Semester I and II students, 

Courses for both semesters will expire on August 13, only days away! 

If you still haven't taken any of the courses you've enrolled in yet, this is your chance. Put it on while you're going to the gym or take a couple hours this weekend and really buckle down! 

Stay tuned for news on Semester III courses as we finalize the class offerings and syllabi. 


Victoria, Karen & Monday

Victoria Rothwell
Live Q&A with Victoria & Karen

Hey everyone!!

Want an update on Semester II, when it's ending, what we have coming up this summer and the homework?? Join Karen and I for a live Q&A tomorrow night at 9:00pm EST!! We have an announcement to make, a new coupon code, and we'll be chatting quite a bit about our first bonus video (Styled Shoots!) and answer questions, concerns and experiences you've had with them.

Join us using this link:

See you there!!


The Design House Prep School Team

Victoria, Karen and Monday!

Victoria Rothwell
Scholarship Program

Design House of Prep School - Scholarship Program

With our first semester well underway and second semester waiting in the wings, we at the DHPS team are excited to announce the launch of our Design House Prep School Scholarship Program! We believe that part of our responsibility as a school is to give back to our community. Since our community is defined as creatives, we feel that creating a scholarship opportunity for deserving candidates is a way to enrich the community as a whole.  

Although classes were priced to reflect the value in the lessons while remaining a reasonable investment, we understand that there can still be many circumstances under which the investment is just a bit too much for the time being. Whether you're a student who wants to move their business forward but just can't swing paying for classes, someone who has recently faced significant hardship in their business or personal life, or someone just starting out in the industry, we want to remove the price barrier to entry for two of you. The two individuals could be current students who moved mountains to pay for their course(s) or someone not yet a member of our community.  




Full class passes to both semester I and semester II of Prep School as well as access to our community and additional bonus materials. 




Full class pass to semester II of Prep School as well as access to our community and additional bonus materials. 




Quite often, the individuals that most deserve a grant like this are the last ones to speak up and ask for help.  Please feel free to submit someone you're close to who you know would be a great fit and tell us about their story.  Note in your application that you're writing it for a friend/relative/loved one, and introduce yourself as well.  

If you don't have a website or instagram, please let us know how we can see your work.  

Applications will be reviewed by Jestoria and Karen and the final scholarship award announcement will be made on January 13th, 2017.


Course | Pricing for Creative Businesses II

Starting with our Pricing I course last semester, we offer a multi-part series on how to price your work in a creative business. Semester II brings the Pricing for Creative Businesses II. 

Design House Prep School | A School for Creatives | Pricing II

This second semester pricing course will dig a bit deeper into the world of pricing. We'll look at specific pricing examples in two industry categories: custom calligraphy projects, and building a pricing sheet as a paper pusher (i.e. stationer).

When we talk about pricing for custom calligraphy projects, this includes oddball projects such as large scale quotes, wedding vows, family crests, large menus, large seating charts, etc. We'll talk about how to price your time as well as the cost of product for these situations. In addition, we'll talk about building your pricing as a calligrapher and the different pricing structures that are available.

The second example we'll get into is pricing paper, printing, assembly details, and your time as a stationer. Having estimates of these costs will help to dramatically cut down the time it takes to return quotes to clients while ensuring accuracy in your pricing. 

As with all the other Semester II courses, registration will open on December 12, with class materials becoming available on January 13th! 

Course | Cyanotype Printing

We love to include interesting creative techniques in our course offerings. As creatives, it's so important to continue to explore new techniques and expand our horizons when it comes to our craft. For Semester II, we are offering Cyanotype Printing.

Design House Prep School | A School for Creatives | Cyanotype Botanicals

Cyanotype printing was a method of printing invented in 1842. With its origins in reproductions, specifically blueprints (hence the name), it uses the photographic printing and development process to create gorgeous cyan or prussian blue prints. 

Aside from using cyanotype printing on paper products, I have successfully used it to create lovely unique prints on fabrics, most recently a silk scarf. While it is a process that requires patience and time (and a dark space with no light!), the results are phenomenal. In this course, we will be learning the ins and outs of the process and create some botanical prints! 

Registration for Semester II courses will open on December 12, so mark your calendars! Classes will become available on January 13, 2017. 

Course | Branding

Our next course for Semester II is all about Branding!

Design House Prep School | A School for Creatives | Branding

In a creative market, branding is king (or queen, but she's a hereditary queen, so the king doesn't outrank her. There's a little monarchy humor for you!). How you brand yourself affects how potential clients view you before they've ever even made contact. 

In this course, we'll look at how to go about branding your company, how to define your brand style, define your market and how to brand for it, and how to design for yourself (we're our hardest clients!).

We'll utilize design boards and sketching, working through our own creative processes, so if you're signed up for class passes of all the Semester I and II courses, definitely consider taking the other ones first! 

Registration for Semester II courses opens again on December 12th. Classes will become available beginning January 13 until the end of the semester in June 2017. 

Course | Design Boards for Creatives

Next up in our courses for Semester II, Design Boards for Creatives!

Design House Prep School | A School for Creatives | Design Boards

This course focuses on design boards and how to utilize them in your own creative process to hone in on and communicate design scopes to clients. It works great as a follow up to the Sketching for Creatives and Establishing Your Creative Process courses from Semester I. In fact, we would highly suggest taking at least the Creative Process course before this one, so that you can best put your design boards to work within your creative process. 

Further narrowing your creative process allows for less time doing the back and forth with clients as well as reducing the amount of time spent with too many ideas flying around. Design boards help both you as the creative, as well as your client, keep the end design goals in mind, stay focused, and work more efficiently. In this course we will discuss what design boards are and their purpose within your creative process and go through how to create one effectively. 

Registration for Semester II courses begins December 12th and classes will be available on January 13th, 2017. Can't wait to see you there!