The TUMO Studios Educational Program
TUMO Studios is an educational program for young adults with a passion for craftsmanship and design.
We connect 16 to 28 year-olds with international and local artisans through technical courses and design ateliers, where they learn skills and explore their creative potential in ten focus areas — jewelry, pottery, embroidery, printmaking, fashion, accessories, wood carving, stone carving, product design and the culinary arts.
The TUMO Studios educational program consists of three modules and a residency. While our program model includes an approximate timeline, you’ll determine your own pace through the modules.
Module 1: Learn the Fundamentals
Build up your skills in a beginner level technical course. Technical courses are available in jewelry making, pottery, fashion and printmaking.
Duration: 3 months
Design Ateliers: N/A
Module 2: Specialize
Level up to an intermediate technical course and begin taking design ateliers with experts. You will start specializing in a focus area and building a portfolio of products.
If your product(s) is selected to become part of the TUMO Studios collection, you will receive a percentage of the profit from its sales. Beginning in Module 2, you also have the opportunity to work at TUMO Studios producing our products.
Duration: 6 months
Design Ateliers: 3-6
Module 3: Train
Level up to an advanced technical course. You will hone your craft by participating in more design ateliers and diving deeper into a focus area. The more ateliers under your belt, the more products in your portfolio and the more you learn.
Duration: 9 months
Design Ateliers: 6-9
Residency and Internships
Finally, you will complete a year-long Residency. You will design and produce an original collection of products for TUMO Studios and showcase your work in group exhibitions. You will learn about production, marketing and sales. As a resident, you will have access to internship opportunities in Armenia and beyond.
Duration: 1 year
Design Ateliers: 12-15
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can become a TUMO Studios student?
Anyone residing in the Republic of Armenia and between the ages of 16 and 28 can become a TUMO Studios student. No prior knowledge or background in our focus areas are required.
How do you become a TUMO Studios student?
Apply to become a TUMO Studios student by completing an application form online or in person at TUMO Studios.
At TUMO Studios, there are no deadlines to join the program. Students are admitted on a rolling basis.
Are there program fees?
TUMO Studios is a nonprofit educational program. Technical courses in Module 1 and a complimentary design atelier for new students are free of charge.
In order to maintain enrollment, we do require Module 2 students to commit to the program with a $300 security deposit. Upon completion of the program — after the year-long residency — the security deposit is returned in full.
If the program is not completed, the security deposit is not returned.
What is a technical course?
TUMO Studios offers technical courses in jewelry making, pottery, fashion and printmaking. They are taught by permanent staff at TUMO Studios. Each course has three levels — beginner, intermediate, advanced — and gives students a foundation of skills that prepares them for design ateliers.
The completion of at least one beginner-level technical course is required to proceed to Module 2, where students begin taking design ateliers.
Each technical course has different hour requirements. Students will have the flexibility to determine their own schedules when fulfilling them. Students may take more than one technical course at a time, provided that they complete the designated hours for each.
*Technical courses do not limit the kind of design ateliers that can be taken down the line. For example, a student who has taken a technical course in jewelry making may participate in a printmaking atelier.
What is a design atelier?
A design atelier is an educational workshop in any of our ten focus areas led by a visiting expert from Armenia or abroad.
Design ateliers are anywhere from two weeks to one month long. When in session, they take place five days a week — Monday through Friday — between the hours of 3:30 and 8:30 pm.
Design ateliers are announced one month ahead of their start date. Space is limited and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis.
Students are required to participate in a minimum of 12 design ateliers to complete the TUMO Studios educational program.
What is the time commitment?
Completing the full educational program can take anywhere from two to three years.
TUMO Studios is open Monday through Saturday between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm. Each technical course and design atelier has its own schedule and hour requirements.
Typically, design ateliers take place Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 8:00 pm. Students in technical courses have the flexibility to determine their own schedules. For example, students can work in three hour sessions, two to three times a week.
What do I get from participating in the program?
By participating in the TUMO Studios program, you gain skills in a craft and design and create your own portfolio of products.
You will learn from expert artisans and designers, have access to internship and employment opportunities and exhibit your work publicly.
Products that you design may become part of the TUMO Studios collection. For those that do, you will receive a percentage of the profits from their sales. Your commission will be added to your security deposit and given to you upon completing the program.
Who owns the products designed and created at TUMO Studios?
Copyright of all items designed and made in our program belongs to TUMO Studios.
Can I participate in a design atelier without being a full time TUMO Studios student?
People who are new to the program may enroll in a complimentary design atelier, provided that there is space. After that, if you wish to join the program, you will enroll in Module 1.
Apply to join the TUMO Studios educational program by completing an application form online or in person at TUMO Studios.
If you’d like to complete the application in person at TUMO Studios, make an appointment by calling or emailing us at [email protected] or 011203088.