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Frequently Asked Questions

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We’re happy to dive into any specific questions you have.

Deadlines and important dates

We process applications in batches. If you apply after a deadline, you can expect your admission decision to come as part of the following batch. For example, if you apply after the First Priority deadline, you will be processed as part of our Early Decision batch. You can find the admission decision release dates and tuition deadlines under each deadline.

October 2022 session – Applications open
Workshop start date: Monday, October 10th
Workshop end date: Saturday, November 12th

First priority deadline: Monday, July 11th
Admission decisions released: Monday, July 18th
Deposit due: Friday, July 29th
The remainder of tuition due: Friday, September 2nd

Regular decision deadline: Monday, August 8th
Admission decisions released: Monday, August 15th
Tuition due: Friday, September 2nd

January 2023 session – Applications open
Start Date: Monday 16 January 2023
End Date: Saturday 18 February 2023

First Priority Deadline: Monday 17 October 2022
Admission decisions released: Monday 24 October 2022
Deposit due: Saturday 5 November 2022
The remainder of tuition due: Saturday 10 December 2022

Regular Decision Deadline: Thursday 17 November 2022
Admission decision released: Thursday 24 November 2022
Tuition due: Saturday 10 December 2022

How does it work?

There are 4 levels of learning during the workshop.

1. Prompts

The workshop consists of 10 modules. Each module will focus on a specific topic that is important for anyone working with intimacy on screen no matter their industry or career level. The modules create a structure for habit building, mindset shift, and real change. 

The prompts will allow students to work on their real-life goals and move them forward.

The topics include:

  • Mediation
  • Establishing Values
  • Empathy and Communication
  • Planning and Preparation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision making
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Power Dynamics
  • Cultural Differences
  • Psychological Safety
  • Working with Consent
  • Defining Boundaries
  • Creating Connection
  • Sexual Health
  • Documentation and Data

The outcome of the 5 weeks is that students create new habits and develop a new mindset to better manage intimate scenes, produce media that matter, create connections, make a career transition, to lead…

2. Group Meetings

A learning group is a smaller group made up of 3-5 students who work together on the week’s prompts. These groups change each week so students are able to connect with more of their classmates. During learning group meetings, students will dive into a prompt, complete an action, and discuss how each prompt relates to their real-world goals.

For Eastern (New York), Central (Chicago), Pacific (Los Angeles), and GMT (London) time zones, learning group meetings will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 PM – 9 PM local time.

For the AEST/AEDT (Sydney) time zone, students will work on a slightly different schedule to accommodate the time difference, meeting on Wednesdays & Fridays from 6 PM – 9 PM local time.

3. Writing

After each learning group meeting, students are required to submit their work in writing. What they submit will differ based on the prompt itself.

Students will then read each other’s work and give feedback to their classmates. Reading someone’s point of view, understanding their assertions and contributing insightful commentary are essential skills necessary to learn the core lessons built into the workshop.

Gaining multiple perspectives on a situation helps students see the bigger picture, which enables them to leap forward more efficiently and effectively in their own learning. Writing five comments on five prompts means they’ve learned five new ways to approach the core teaching of the prompt.

The written component of the altMBA is important because it encourages students to slow down, articulate, be thoughtful, and reflect.

4. Coaching

The purpose of the coaches is not to facilitate learning group meetings or give students the answers. A RedCheeks Academy coach provokes students to reach for their goals and to keep promises. They guide students to focus on their strengths, rather than directly advising them. They enable students to grow and hold them accountable along the way.

A coach connects students with one another, instead of jumping in to fix or solve a problem for them.

A coach is an instigator, a moderator, and a steady voice in the Intimacy on Screen journey.

Students will have a chance to meet individually with their coaches each week.

All coaches have completed the Intimacy on Screen and gone through a rigorous vetting and training process.

What is the curriculum?

There are 10 written prompts in total. Each prompt will focus on a specific topic or skill that is critical to being a successful intimacy professional.

It’s important to know that each prompt is in written format. It will include context around a given subject and an Action for students to complete. Most of the Actions will allow students to specifically work on their real-life goals in the context of the prompt.

Prompts explored in-depth:

  • Goal-setting
  • Planning
  • Decision making
  • Practising Empathy
  • Understanding Power Dynamics
  • Ethics
  • Safety on Set
  • Establishing Boundaries and ​​Consent
  • Creating Connection
  • Wicked Problems
  • Critical thinking
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Working with performers and directors
  • STI testing and Documentation

The outcome of the 34 days is that students create new habits and develop a new mindset to ensure a safe and professional production process…

Who is the Academy for?

Common goals of students:

• Producing safe and professional intimate scenes
• Transition career
• Diversify media production skills 
• Producing ethical adult media
• Breaking the stigma around Intimacy on Screen

Age: 18 to 80 years old. However, most students will fall between 25 – 45 years old.
The average age gives important insight into the goals of our students. With 10+ years of learning for most, they have developed skills, experience, and knowledge and are now looking for what’s next. How they can become a better version of themselves. The commonality is this… all of our students are hungry to do more, gain skills that will help them be successful leaders, gain clarity on their journey, and discover what’s the next step forward.

Who it’s not for…
The RedCheeks Academy is not for people who are looking for a traditional intimacy certification education.
We do not give you any protocols or cover topics such as politics, activism, or data analytics.
It’s also not for people who care about certificates or grades. We are unaccredited, informal, and non-bureaucratic. We don’t give tests or grades.

What is the time commitment?

Duration: 34 days

Time commitment: 18 hours per week. This includes live Zoom learning group meetings.

Students are required to choose one of the five-time zone options: Pacific (Los Angeles), Central (Chicago), Eastern (New York), GMT (London), or AEST/AEDT (Sydney Time).

Students are not able to change their time zone selection once the workshop begins.

Weekly Format
For the Eastern (New York), Central (Chicago), Pacific (Los Angeles), GMT (London) time zone schedule.

Here is the pattern that repeats for each project:

  1. Meet with learning group
  2. Ship prompt
  3. Give feedback: Comment on the work of 5 classmates.
  4. Receive feedback/reflect: After receiving feedback from peers, students will submit a written reflection that considers all of the feedback and discussion.

Below is the recurring weekly learning cycle. Timing is based on the time zone a student selects. For example, if a student opts for the Eastern time zone, they will meet with their learning group on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 PM – 9 PM and Sundays from 9 AM – 5 PM based in the Eastern Time Zone (New York).


​​Weekly Format

For the Eastern (New York), Central (Chicago), Pacific (Los Angeles), GMT (London) time zone schedule.

Monday:

  • 2 prompts for the week released by 6 AM GMT

Tuesday:

  • Group meeting from 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Project due at 11:59 PM

Wednesday:

  • Comments due by 8 PM

Thursday:

  • Reflection due at 6 PM
  • Group meeting from 6 – 9 PM
  • Project due at 11:59 PM

Friday:

  • Comments due by 8 PM

Saturday:

  • Reflection is due at 6 PM
For AEST/AEDT (Sydney) time zone schedule.

Below is the recurring weekly learning cycle. Timing is based in AEST/AEDT (Sydney time zone).

Monday:

  • 2 prompts for the week released by 6 AM ET

Wednesday:

  • Group meeting from 6 PM – 9 PM
  • Project due at 11:59 PM

Thursday:

  • Comments due by 8 PM

Friday:

  • Reflection due at 6 PM
  • Group meeting from 6PM – 9 PM
  • Project due at 11:59 PM

Saturday:

  • Comments due by 8 PM

Sunday:

  • Reflection due at 6 PM
More info:

It’s important to know that Intimacy on Screen was designed for people working full-time with busy schedules. That said, it’s a commitment. Real change takes time, effort, and a willingness to show up. This time is for you.

Students should expect to spend about 18 hours a week on the workshop. There are live Zoom learning group meetings 2 times per week and the rest of the week is dedicated to feedback and reflection.

Here is the pattern that repeats for each project:

  • Meet with the group: 2X per week
  • Ship project: Due at midnight GMT (London)
  • Give Feedback: Comment on the work of 5 classmates. Due at 8 PM GMT (London). 
  • Reflection: After seeing feedback from peers, students reflect and write a ‘reflection summary’, separate from the original project that considers all of the feedback, discussion, and how perspective and learning have changed, since first seeing the Project. Due at 6 PM GMT (London).
What are the coaches for?

Each group has two dedicated coaches. 

The purpose of the coaches is not to facilitate learning group meetings or give students the answers.

A RedCheeks coach provokes students to reach for their goals and to keep promises. They guide students to focus on their strengths, rather than directly advising them. They enable students to grow and hold them accountable along the way.

A RedCheeks coach connects students with one another, instead of jumping in to fix or solve a problem for them.

A RedCheeks coach is an instigator, a moderator, a steady voice in the Intimacy on Screen journey.

Students will have a chance to meet individually with their coaches each week.

Here’s a handy list to further clarify what a RedCheeks coach is and isn’t.

A RedCheeks coach will…

  • Establish a culture of possibility, commitment, respect, and connection
  • Create a safe space for you and fellow students to learn
  • Provide written feedback on your projects via comments on your post
  • Be available for office hours once or twice a week
  • Point out when you can learn from what fellow students are doing well in projects or comments
  • Keep you on the hook with the promises you make in personal and professional development
  • Hold you accountable
  • Reflect questions back at you, so you can discover the answer yourself
  • Encourage you to seek your peers and help one another to work through challenges
  • Ask tough questions and provide honest feedback
  • Ask questions that cause you to reflect
  • Identify when there might be another approach to consider
  • Point out when you’re holding back from doing your best work
  • Help steer you toward setting clearer goals, taking action, thinking critically, and making better decisions

A RedCheeks coach will not…

  • Give direct advice on a specific skill, such as strategy, fundraising, branding, sales, presenting, or career development
  • Work with you to create a business strategy
  • Not be joining you in weekly learning group calls
  • Make introductions to people outside of altMBA for your network
  • Meet regularly with you 1×1 for counselling or therapy
  • Simply say what you want to hear
  • Give you the ‘right’ answer
  • Provide reassurance or validation

It’s important to know that all coaches have completed the Intimacy on Screen and gone through a rigorous vetting and training process.

Is there a deferral or a withdrawal program?

Yes. We understand that life happens and plans can change. We’ve created solutions that help students navigate these changes and allow us to preserve the learning experience for their classmates.

Deferral Program

We allow for one deferral to the next session on our calendar. Students are only eligible if they’ve paid a non-refundable deposit.

  • If you decide to defer before the First Priority Decision deadline of the session you applied for, you will not be asked to pay the deferral fee.
  • If you decide to defer after the First Priority Decision deadline, you are required to pay a €200 deferral fee.

You can only defer up to 10 days prior to the start date of the workshop. No deferrals are possible afterwards.

Withdrawal Program

DEPOSIT: We require a €400 deposit to secure a spot in the Intimacy on Screen program and to accept our admission offer. The deposit is non-refundable.

REMAINDER OF TUITION: The rest of the tuition is fully refundable any time between the day we receive it and thirty-one days before the start of the session a student applied to attend. If a student defers to the next open session, the full tuition is non-refundable at that point.

If a student withdraws and later decides to reapply, they will be asked to pay a new non-refundable deposit as part of their full tuition.

Scholarship recipients

If a student receives a scholarship, they are not eligible to defer or withdraw from a workshop.

We only offer a very limited number of scholarships, so to be fair to all applicants it’s important a scholarship recipient is ready for the commitment of time, and money and has the passion to level up.

Important: If in the opinion of our coaches, you’re not contributing to the culture and forward motion of your group, we’ll let you know. If you’re still not able to actively participate, we’ll ask you to withdraw from the workshop. In this situation, no refund is possible.

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of tuition is €2625. This includes the workshop and course materials. There are no additional fees or taxes.

Are there any financial support options?

We understand that the financial commitment of the Intimacy on Screen can be a hurdle to joining us, so we have a few options we hope are helpful.

We are also happy to jump on a call for additional support.

1. Employer Sponsorship

Companies big and small are realising the importance of the safe and professional production of intimate scenes. The graduates of Intimacy on Screen are making the whole production process stronger and incentivising others to do great work.

Some of our students are able to get agreement from their managers to join the Intimacy on Screen with their company’s financial support.

2. Partner up with Klarna

Students from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States can partner up with Klarna.

Klarna is a payment service that will allow students to pay tuition over 3 months.

It’s important to know that terms and conditions will be decided by Klarna.

3. RedCheeks Scholarships

For some students, employer sponsorship is not an option, so we have created some scholarship options.

For reference, the full tuition is €2625 EUR. This includes the workshop and welcome package. There is no additional tax or fees.

A. Alumni referral scholarship

If you are referred by a RedCheeks alumni*, you are eligible to receive this scholarship.

Be sure to add your referrer’s full name to the, “Were you referred by alumni?” in the Intimacy on Screen application.

If this scholarship applies to you and you are accepted into the workshop, you will receive a scholarship of €600 EUR which reduces your tuition rate to €2025 EUR.

B. Goodwill Scholarship

We recognize there may be factors that impact the ability of interested people to join the workshop. This might be due to conversion rates to EUR, employment status, or other financial limitations.

We’ve created this scholarship to help those who would not have access to the Intimacy on Screen without financial support, and who have shown a history of meaningful work, setting important goals and prioritizing social impact.

This scholarship applies to both non-profit and for-profit work.

It’s important to know this scholarship option is limited to only a few seats per session.

To apply for this scholarship, there are 2 steps.

  1. Submit the regular application. In question 3 of the regular application, please let us know if you’d like to be vetted for the Goodwill Scholarship and why the Intimacy on Screen is critical to your journey.
  2. If we feel you’d be a strong fit for the workshop, we will then follow up with additional questions and an invitation to a 1:1 call.

* If you are part of a non-profit please be sure to answer “Yes”, to the, “Are you a full-time leader of a nonprofit?” and complete all questions.

If awarded, tuition is reduced to either €400 EUR or €1000 EUR. The tuition rate will depend on your work, application, and availability of workshop seats.

IMPORTANT: Scholarship recipients are not eligible to defer or withdraw. Because scholarship seats are limited, it’s important to be committed and ready to leap in.

4. Apply Early

For applicants who apply by the First Priority deadline of any given session, we only require a non-refundable deposit of €400 to secure a spot in the workshop. The remainder is due at a later date. This essentially gives students the ability to divide payments over a period of time.

Is the RedCheeks Academy accredited?

The RedCheeks Academy is informal, unaccredited, and non-bureaucratic. We don’t give tests or grades.

If you need an official course credit this may not be a fit for your journey.

Students who ship all 10 prompts and attend all group meetings (1 absence allowed) will receive a certificate of completion. We’ve found this is helpful with those who seek reimbursement from their organizations.

Tips for submitting the application

Each session we get more qualified applicants than we have room for, so applying early is a good idea.

The Intimacy on Screen application is straightforward and takes about 15 minutes to ship, but it’s important to stand out. So, we put together five pro-tips on what we’re looking for.

1. You’re more than a resume

Yes, your career trajectory tells us a little about you, but we want to know who you are beyond your professional goals and achievements. Consider telling us more about where you’ve been, where you’re going, what you’re passionate about, how you spend your free time, moments of change…

To go the extra mile, adding your personal website, blog, or a special application video will help us add context to your written application. It’s not required, but that might be the point.

We can’t get to know the real you, but we can try.

2. Are you ready to show up?

The Intimacy on Screen works because there are others looking out for you, contributing to you, and rooting for you. And we make that happen by selecting people who are eager to do that for others.

This is a commitment of time, money, and energy, so putting the effort into your application is a signal that you’re ready to show up for yourself and your classmates.

3. Is it a fit?

The Intimacy on Screen is an intense 5-week sprint that requires commitment (we know you’ve heard it before) — you can consider it a passionate side hustle. It’s not only important for you to demonstrate why you would be a good fit for the workshop but why the Intimacy on Screen is a good fit for you.

Communicating why Intimacy on Screen is critical to your journey will help us determine if we can help you make the change you’re looking to make.

4. Don’t wait

What do exceptional people have in common? They don’t wait. 

The same applies to submitting your application.

Competition gets tougher as we near the final deadline for each session. There are only a limited number of seats per workshop and once we’re full, we’re full.

5. Spelling and grammar…

While the internet is a grammarian’s nightmare, in some places, a few extra minutes of attention to detail matter. The Intimacy on Screen has a lot of written work so spelling and grammar make a difference. Articulation is critical and part of that is communicating in a clear, thoughtful way.

Take a minute to read over your application one more time before you hit submit. The extra polish you add doesn’t go unnoticed! Mostly: Apply. Simply apply. That’s the most important tip we can share.