Midjourney World-building Masterclass

3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

How to create detailed environments, characters, and cinematic sequences through advanced prompting.

Course overview

Infinite world-building possibilities right at your fingertips.

If you can imagine it, you can create it.

My Midjourney World-building Masterclass is designed to unlock your inner-most abstract thoughts and ideas. Through a clever, battle-tested, and perfectly balanced mix of image + text prompting, I'm going to show you how to completely obliterate any barrier between the visual concepts in your mind and the final, tangible outputs.

Together, we'll construct layered, captivating scenes that transport your audience to never-before-seen environments and dimensions. We'll combine our newly acquired knowledge of lighting, portraiture, color-grading, and brand stylization to generate unique characters, avatars and models.

Along the way, you'll discover the most efficient and simplistic ways to control and manipulate Midjourney without sacrificing an ounce of quality. With over ten years of experience across the mediums of photography, film, artificial intelligence and 3D, I will be guiding you towards a highly artistic approach that is guaranteed to set your work apart from the every-day user.

Who is this course for


Industry creative professionals seeking to generate images with unprecedented levels of photorealism.


Artists and designers with a strong desire to craft jaw-dropping, immersive worlds that house dynamic and unique characters.


Visual artists seeking to cultivate a powerful AI-driven workflow that consistently delivers precise and tailored outcomes.

What you’ll get out of this course

Demystify and Unlock Midjourney

No more guesswork. I'm going to guide you through every single twist, turn and challenge. We'll master the features, settings, parameters and fundamentals of Midjourney and its ecosystem. You'll learn the key differences between v4, v5, v5.1, v5.2, and v6.

Create Photorealistic Images that Rival Reality

Can you distinguish a real photograph from a Midjourney render? We're going to blur the lines more than ever before. I'm going to teach you how to:

  • Replicate human skin tones + textures
  • Recreate professional lighting setups
  • Reproduce logos and brand style guides via text prompt
Build Out Immersive, Interactive Environments

You'll be equipped with the knowledge to construct and simulate:

  • Any city in the world
  • Venues and experiences (concerts, sporting events, festivals)
  • Room interiors
  • Cinematic landscapes
  • 3D dreamscapes
  • Specific architectural materials (glass, concrete, wood, steel, textiles + more)
Customize Characters, Avatars, Models, and Subjects
  • Create unique, visually striking characters that tell a story through their appearance, alone
  • Generate stylized, theme-based outfits and accessories that coincide with the environment of your narrative
  • Learn how to image prompt, image blend, multi-prompt, and remix
Recreate Your Favorite Musicians, Athletes, Celebrities and Public Figures

Hold your memes...we're in the business of creating ART. There's no denying that FACES, sell products. They also sell IDEAS. You're going to learn how to:

  • Seamlessly integrate the star of your choice into any environment
  • Bolster existing concepts modeled by the biggest names
Produce Industry-Standard Storyboards
  • Learn how to arrange, organize, and format your work into a cohesive deck
  • Gain a greater understanding of visual storytelling through color-grading, composition, and supporting context
  • Walk away with the confidence and expertise to pitch personal concepts to major brands
Think Like An Artist

Although Midjourney does require some technical understanding, the best results manifest from a clear and concise creative vision. We'll approach our projects from an abstract perspective, guiding you towards a harmonious blend of color, light, shape, texture and emotion.

Future Access to Guides, Tips, and Tricks for the Upcoming Releases of Midjourney Versions 6, 7, and Beyond

Midjourney plans on releasing many more iterations of its generative image engine. When you sign up for any of my Maven cohorts, you'll receive exclusive PDF files detailing the most efficient ways to adapt your past MJ workflows to the most recent updates. Forever.

Create Dynamic Models with Unique Attributes + Reimagine Cinematic Lighting Setups

Photorealistic portraits generated in Midjourney v5, v5.1, and v5.2
Photorealistic portraits generated in Midjourney v5, v5.1, and v5.2

What people are saying

        Joshua’s work represents the powerful fusion of traditional art direction and photography with generative AI. His Midjourney artwork, consistently high-quality and reflective of his past work, stand out among the best. Joshua's Midjourney course allows you to immerse in awe-inspiring worlds, while gaining insights for a successful transition."
Julie Wieland

Julie Wieland

Graphic Designer & Visual Artist
        Joshua is undeniably a standout talent in the field. His unmatched ability to translate his artistic intuition to AI tools sets him apart. While many underestimate the skill involved in prompting, the capability to accurately distill subject knowledge and effectively communicate that to AI requires substantial craftsmanship and vision."
Will Garner

Will Garner

Architect & Creative Director

Meet your instructor

Joshua Teplitz

Joshua Teplitz

Joshua Teplitz is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Joshua's client list includes the NBA, NFL, Lamborghini, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, UFC, Playstation, The Weeknd, Adidas, McLaren, Aston Martin, Travis Scott, and more. Since he was a child, Teplitz has been fascinated by the possibility of other worlds or realities existing outside of our own. With a heavy emphasis on bold colors and the clever use of practical lighting, Joshua takes the viewer down a path built around surrealism and fantasy, while incorporating familiar environments and faces from this landscape that we call home.

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Course syllabus


Introduction to Midjourney

  • A deep dive into the features, settings, parameters, and fundamentals of Midjourney and its ecosystem.
  • Exploration and hands-on comparisons of working within the Midjourney Discord mobile interface vs. the future iterations of the public web-based interface.


Advanced Text Prompting: How to Use Keywords and Tokens

  • A comprehensive journey into the world of text-to-image generation.
  • Full, in-depth breakdowns of the absolute best text descriptors, phrases, and keywords to ensure cinematic and photorealistic outputs EVERY TIME.
  • Examination, evaluation, and execution of incorporating verbiage that is utilized across the film and entertainment industry.


Advanced Image Prompting: The Curation and Understanding of Light, Shadow, and Texture

Rule #1: lighting is everything. I'm going to show you how to select the correct reference photos to build off of, and explain to you why your base image is more important than you think. From here, we'll develop a sound understanding of highlight + shadow data, segueing into the replication of realistic skin textures, down to individual pores.


Character Customization: How to Create Unique Subjects

Our previous module was the gateway into character customization. Now, we're going to take everything we learned about lighting, shadow, and texture, and apply it to creating stylized subjects. We'll explore specific attire, accessories, facial markings, gadgets, and even tasteful weaponry across a variety of subjects and genres.


3D Image Prompting: How to Incorporate Objects, Shapes, and Patterns

Did you know that Midjourney allows you to image prompt with 3D art? I'm going to show you how to seamlessly incorporate complex three-dimensional objects, shapes and patterns directly into your workflow without altering the meat and bones of your original outputs. Together, we'll create visually striking scenes that have an added wow-factor.


Designing Your Environment: Leveraging Mood, Atmosphere, Location, and Context

Crafting immersive worlds with precision has never been easier. I'm going to walk you through how to create lifelike spaces across hundreds of cities as we simulate stadiums, installations, interiors, and landscapes. We'll add a multitude of weather conditions into your MJ environments, evoking a variety of moods while preserving our set location.


Cohesive Storytelling: The Culmination of Your New Skillsets

Congratulations on completing your first six modules with me! It's time to tie it all together. We're going to take our recently acquired skillsets and apply our combined knowledge to create layered, industry-standard storyboards. We'll learn about the selection of color-palettes, stylization, camera movements, and directing via written cues.

Build Immersive Environments with Stunning Depth-of-Field

Scenes from a Philadelphia Eagles football game generated in Midjourney v5
Scenes from a Philadelphia Eagles football game generated in Midjourney v5

Course schedule

5-7 hours per week
  • Four (4) Live Workshops

    Tuesdays & Thursdays (12 PM - 2 PM EST)

    • Interactive lectures + instructions
    • Hands-on lessons + experiments
    • Breakout group exercises + topic discussions
    • Q&A + what to expect moving forward
  • Course Material

    2-3 hours per week

    • Independent + group studies of each week's syllabus content
  • Weekly Projects

    2 hours per week

    • Skillset building
    • Mock client assignments
    • Portfolio reviews

Incorporate 3D Into Your Midjourney Workflow

Created via 3D image + text prompting in v5.1
Created via 3D image + text prompting in v5.1

Reimagine Your Favorite Athletes in Mind-Blowing Detail

LeBron James and Steph Curry recreated in Midjourney v5.1
LeBron James and Steph Curry recreated in Midjourney v5.1

Character + Environment Overlap

Styling our model in specific attire that ties in with the story's environment (v5)
Styling our model in specific attire that ties in with the story's environment (v5)

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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