Depending on the program, a modeling school may teach basic modeling skills, including walking the runway and posing for photographs. Some modeling schools cover preparation for auditions, interviewing skills, professionalism and etiquette that makes it easier to interview for modeling jobs.
Modeling schools offering workshops generally get into such topics as breathing appropriately, body language and posture, and applying makeup. Special skills classes may also focus on topics such as taking care of the skin, hair care, fitness and proper nutrition.
Typical modeling schools charge $15 for an hour-long class or $1,250 for a one-week workshop, as of 2015. Those prices can vary widely, however, with more widely recognized schools charging a premium. For instance, a one-hour workshop with Los Angeles’ Elite Fashion Academy runs $125. A series of seven two-hour-long sessions with the Modeling & Acting Training Center of Hawaii costs $475.
While it is possible to learn modeling skills from a modeling school, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics warns that attending modeling school does not provide any assurance that a model can get a job. Sending photos to an agency during an open call is a good way to seek out modeling jobs without attending modeling classes, notes the BLS.