I joined VAA in 2014, it is everything I hoped for and much more.
The structured format helps you build up a comprehensive skillset. I am now halfway through the 4 year program. 16 Workshops (4 per year), each consisting of 12 lessons. For every lesson you have 1 or more assignments that you post online and a final summary project for each workshop. The online campus provide uplifting and motivational support from peers as well as more advanced students. Barry encourages the 'ladder of learning' approach, where you assist others 'below' you and learn from those 'above' you.
The program is structured yet flexible, allowing you to advance at your own pace. Yet I think the most benefit is reaped by systematically working through all the material, and in many instances by repetition. The option is there to concentrate on specific skills or to work through add-on workshops.
It is an affordable program.
Since the program is so comprehensive, it is never boring. Each lesson has a new topic and yet you feel that you are re-enforcing certain skills in an interesting varied way. Never a dull moment
I can recommend it for beginners and more advanced artists alike, you are bound to learn more than you bargained for.