2019 Rookie Awards

As of March 7th, submissions are now open for the 2019 Rookie Awards.

Student applicants will have the chance to showcase their work before a prestigious panel comprised of over 60 influential industry experts and compete for prizes, scholarships, internships, and jobs.

Founded in 2009, the Rookies is an international annual awards and mentorship platform sponsored by the multinational software company, Autodesk. The Rookies has grown into one of the most recognized school rankings with almost 3,000 entrants worldwide last year.

The Academy of Art University had 14 students up for 20 individual awards in 2018, including Scholarship Finalists and Internship Finalists, from the Schools of Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Illustration, Game Development, and Visual Development, according to the Rookies website. A current Game Development student at the Academy of Art University, LiGang Zheng, also won the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” award in the Digital Illustration bracket, topping 25 category finalists from other schools around the world.

Moreover, the Academy of Art University topped the 2018 Rookies rankings in two categories:
• 1st in America and 2nd in the world for the Best Digital Illustration School
• 4th in the world for the Best 3D Motion Graphics School

They are accepting submissions now through May 31, 2019.
Rookies website: https://www.therookies.co/
Submission portal: https://www.therookies.co/contests/groups/rookie-awards-2019

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