Group subscriptions on the VTS website allow administrators to purchase access to our image sets and other teaching tools, and then extend that access to other members of their institution.

If you work at a VTS school, gallery, or other institution, and your administrator has purchased a group subscription, just follow these steps to get free access of your own.

1. Create an account on the VTS site

(Note: You can skip this step if you already have an account.) Go to the My Account page and click either the “Sign Up” or “Sign up now” links to show the sign-up form. Enter your email address and a suitably strong password and submit the form to go to the My Account dashboard. You’re now a bona fide VTS user — though you’re not yet a subscriber.

2. Get your institution’s credentials from your administrator

To join a subscription, you’ll need two pieces of information: your institution’s code (which should look something like “inst_1234”) and your institution’s password (which should be a string of numbers and letters). If your administrator purchased a group subscription after the launch of our new site, they will have gotten an email containing the code and the password. If their old subscription was brought over onto the new site (or if they’ve just lost that email), they can follow the instructions on “Managing Group Subscriptions” to recover the code and password.

3. Join the group

With your institution’s code and password, log into the site — using your own username and password, which you created in Step One — and, on the My Account page, click “Redeem Group Subscription” to bring up the form where you’ll enter the group code and password.

4. You’re now a member!

If all went well, you now have access under your group’s subscription and will continue to enjoy access for as long as that subscription is valid. And you won’t need that institutional code and password again — from now on, you’ll just log in to the site using your own username and password.