Pros Say…

Academy instructor, Selina, demonstrates on volunteer bottom, Dragon, during the pro course

At a recent Academy of SM Arts Pro Course, a student receives hands-on instruction and practices her skills on a volunteer male bottom


This powerful and intimate full three day workshop is for women with personal interest and experience in BDSM who want to hone their techniques and find their very own ethical style as professional Dominas. Taught by Cleo DuboisEve Minax, and Selina Raven, the ratio of 1 instructor for every 3 participants ensures that you receive extensive one-on-one instruction over the course of the weekend.  Click here to learn course specifics.

About the Space

The San Francisco Citadel is known as the Bay Area’s Premiere Community Dungeon.  With dual levels and 12,655 square feet of play space and state of the art equipment, the SF Citadel is the sex-positive and volunteer-run centerpiece of the BDSM Community. Located in downtown San Francisco within walking distance of Union Square and numerous hotels, the entrance is discreet to protect participants privacy and confidentiality.

What does the course tuition fee cover?

  • 3 full days of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises and real time scenes
  • Group and one-on-one instruction
  • Experienced volunteer bottoms
  • Seminar and Q/A time for each subject area
  • Comprehensive workbook (100+ pages)
  • Snacks and beverages

Have questions?

Please visit our FAQ page.

Ready to enroll?

Please click here to apply.

Dominatrix Training 3-Day Intensive

I have taken both these courses (women’s and the one for Professional Dominants), and found them to be immeasurably beneficial in many ways… for the exposure to beautiful Domme role modeling to a wealth of technical material and lifetimes of distilled observation of the Domme/sub dynamic, by the opportunity to step out of comfortable play modalities and try radical new forms of play while receiving expert coaching, and by the experience of playing with truly “world class” subs (both male and female)… The entire course was a privilege and an honor to attend.

Lady SeshatSan Francisco, CA 2004

I have been in the adult movie business for 20 years and I have been asked to play a dominatrix many times. However, I always felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have any confidence in my dominant persona. This class was exactly what I needed.The volunteer submissives were wonderful. I learned so much from their feedback. The teachers depth of knowledge was profound. I feel like I have lots of secret weapons in my arsenal and it makes me feel so powerful. I feel even more confident as a woman in my everyday life.

Ms Keisha2009

Cleo is passionate about what she does, and she is by far, the best I have ever seen… Mistress Minax has years of experience and the openness and sensuality… There were so many business aspects of being a Pro that I’d never thought of or been aware that I SHOULD think of. If you are a Pro, new or experienced… you WILL walk away from this with your eyes wide open! I am new, and I am SO glad that I invested in this seminar!

Mistress RavensongLos Angeles 2006

The course was way beyond a professional training where one simply acquires more skills in order to enhance one’s work. The incorporation of the spiritual aspects of BDSM along with the skill-building workshops, and the sharing of experiences with other professionals taught me that the essence of our work is bringing our full selves into this endeavor.

DescaraChicago, IL 2007

The Intensive far exceeded my expectations. For the past few months, I’ve felt rather uninspired with my work. So I did a lot of self-examination and asked a lot of questions: Is it professional burnout? Am I bored? This weekend has renewed my enthusiasm! The naming of my “archetype” was very advantageous and the workbook you put together contains so much valuable information I will use for the years to come!

Mistress MorganaSt Louis 2007