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The Art Department with deviantART brings you about the best news any art student could ask for: free tuition!



Through the Train Your Brain Challenge, The Art Department (TAD) is offering a massive number of exclusive scholarship opportunities to members of deviantART. TAD is the best of the best in providing online art education, with a variety of programs taught by world-class faculty. Check out their group, TheArtDept, to watch video tutorials from their faculty!































Submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Make something new or use something you've made in the past!
You could win tuition and travel to one of TAD's programs, a trip to Pixar Studios near San Francisco, or free online art classes.
The total prizes available are over $300,000 in value and there will be over 150 winners!














Artwork by *SterlingHundley








A Book Cover OR Graphic Novel Page: Submit an image that would be suitable as book cover art or as a page in a graphic novel.
The image must include a figure or animal of any sort. If the entry is a graphic novel page at least one panel should include a figure or animal.
("Figures" can be humans, aliens, robots, monsters, mythical creatures, etc.)







  • Subject matter:


    Any; you can create your own or use an existing story. For example, you may choose to produce a
    hypothetical version of any well-known book or graphic novel, such as "War of the Worlds," by H.G. Wells.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any graphic medium submitted as a single PNG or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal (horizontal images must be suitable as a wraparound image for book cover art, or as a spread in a graphic novel).
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department Illustration Academy 4-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.























Artwork by *markenglish








Landscape, Figure, Portrait or Still Life: Submit an image that is of a quality and "finished" as to be appropriate to
hang in a public place. ("Figures" can be humans, aliens, robots, monsters, mythical creatures, etc. Landscapes can be real or imagined.)







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no fan art or copies of master works or other works in the public domain or under copyright.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 and must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any traditional and/or digital medium but original file must be "hand drawn." Must be submitted as a single PNG
    or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three onlineclasses through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
























Artwork by Andrew Gordon/Pixar








In-Game or Cinematic/Film or .gif Animation: Create a piece of character animation using any style, medium or software of choice. The only limitation is that the animation must tell a story or moment, but not be more than a minute.







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no copies, mash-ups or fan art.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.

  • Proportions:


    Can include character, experimental, .gif, creature, particle fx, or any other animation work.



  • Media:  


    Animation can be either 3D or 2D (traditional or digital in any media). Must be submitted as video file or as a .gif. When submitting film, please consult :faq836:.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A trip for two to tour Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.
  • Three online classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.






















Artwork by *jason-felix








Character, Creature, Environment, or Industrial Design: Submit a design in full color or in black-and-white of any of these categories (Character, Creature, Environment, Industrial Design). Think about the originality of the piece, the uniqueness of design and how well you command the ability to convey the idea.







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no fan art or copies of master works or other works in the public domain or under copyright.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 and must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any traditional and/or digital medium but original file must be "hand drawn." Must be submitted as a single PNG
    or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
























Artwork by *Brett-Briley-TAD








Character, Creature, Environment, or Industrial Design: Submit a quality, well-presented, render of a 3D model or 3D texture of your creation (applied textures) – May also be a model/texture combination. With all the great 3D art out there both commercially and seen on the internet, what do you do that sets you apart from the rest and how well do you present it?







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no copies or fan art.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.

  • Media:


    Any (can be 3D sculpture maquettes, 3D digital models, 3D digital textures) All submissions must be in a single PNG or JPEG file.




  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.

  • Proportions:  


    3D models must include both mesh renders and model renders (untextured). For 3D textures, please include the maps on the same
    page as the render. If the 3D artist is submitting both, then include all of the requirements for both the model and texture
    submissions. If the artist is submitting 3D sculpture maquettes, then the submission must include front side and 3/4 views in the submission.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three classes through The Art Department, 3D I, plus two classes chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.






































Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (Los Angeles, CA, USA time) on December 3, 2012 and must be submitted to the appropriate Contest gallery.



  • You must have a high school diploma or its non-US equivalent to enter and be over the age of 13;
  • The completed entry ("Work") may be entirely new for the contest or existing art work you have already produced as long as it complies with the applicable assignment for the category;
  • Must be in keeping with the image of deviantART and The Art Department -- no mature content;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may submit more than one entry to more than one category however you may only win one prize;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully.










There will be 155 winners broken out into 5 first place winners, 50 second place winners and 100 third place winners over the five categories of Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D and Entertainment 3D.


All entries will be judged by faculty associated with The Art Department using the following criteria:


  • Creativity
  • Successful Use of the Discipline
  • Following the Assignment
  • Overall Impact


For inspiration and special tips, watch FREE videos by the TAD faculty about related subject matter. These videos provide tons of information about how to begin the thinking process for making quality, dynamic pictures and ideation for these assignments. Get your idea on! Click Here To Learn More





























  • Check out free lessons and full sessions with top faculty from TAD available as Premium Content on deviantART:


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  • Everything you want to know about TAD's extraordinary programs! Be sure to watch TheArtDept for updates!


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nada424's avatar
Will there be another one?
hakurama01's avatar
hakurama01Hobbyist Artist
is this contest for US only?????
lensman888's avatar
That's great... on 2nd Jan 2013 I get an email from ConceptArt and part of it says this: "And in other good news for new students, and artists interested learning to better their skills --you can enter this massive contest on DA and make an attempt at the education awards! Classes with no tuition are always a good thing! CA talent rules. Do give it a shot! [link]" Cool, I think, and check it out. Read all about the different categories and got interested, and then I read this: "Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (Los Angeles, CA, USA time) on December 3, 2012 and must be submitted to the appropriate Contest gallery." Nice. I ain't no freakin' time-traveller!
Jezzy-Fezzy's avatar
Jezzy-FezzyProfessional General Artist
Hopefully there's anther contest like this next year. I might be more than ready than this year.
Jezzy-Fezzy's avatar
Jezzy-FezzyProfessional General Artist
***another
frosthero's avatar
and now, the end is near
Detonatress's avatar
DetonatressHobbyist General Artist
After the apocalypse and destruction of the Earth, on a space station somewhere in outer space... Deviant Art and TAD are about to announce the winners.
But then the space station gets hit by an asteroid, so no one will ever know... O.o
Tanathiel's avatar
TanathielProfessional Digital Artist
LOL XD
This just made me laugh so much... xD xD
Feasable actually x)
Detonatress's avatar
DetonatressHobbyist General Artist
And just a bit later from that post, there was an update on the contest. Lol.
Tanathiel's avatar
TanathielProfessional Digital Artist
Update ? oO
Where can I check any of the updates... I havent seen anything about it ^^;
Detonatress's avatar
DetonatressHobbyist General Artist
[link] <--- Semi-finalists listed.
Tanathiel's avatar
TanathielProfessional Digital Artist
Cheers :3
(hehhe not in the semi-finalists ^^ ah well :D)
Detonatress's avatar
DetonatressHobbyist General Artist
Neither am I. But my work has accomplished its real purpose anyway. This contest was just a side quest for me.
Tanathiel's avatar
TanathielProfessional Digital Artist
Oh what are your real plans ? :D
Conquere the world ? :D ^^

Anyways, good luck on your next contest ;)
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DianaGoins's avatar
DianaGoinsStudent Filmographer
I'm pretty sure the judges are busy people like us! Five categories of 50 submissions or more each is a ton to go through. They want to make sure they pick the right ones for the prizes (and there are a few spots for 2nd and 3rd place winners, thankfully). The entries are all pretty well done. I was impressed and I'm glad I could enter the animation contest and get to watch some great videos. Just stay alert and check your page every few hours for any updates.
kellymckernan's avatar
kellymckernanProfessional Traditional Artist
Yeah but... not a single word for 10 days from judges, $Ayame-Kenoshi, or DA. Seems strange and, well, not cool.
DianaGoins's avatar
DianaGoinsStudent Filmographer
It may feel like a long time since we're all waiting anxiously. I thought it would take a month or two to decide since there are so many DA users; I was surprised when I saw their presumed date of decision to be December 10th after submissions closed on the 3rd! This is the first time I have entered a contest on DA, so I don't know the average waiting time for these competitions. Let's keep our cool and hope for the best.
Wildweasel339's avatar
Wildweasel339Professional Digital Artist
I think your patience has paid off :)
Fly2TheSkie's avatar
Fly2TheSkieHobbyist Digital Artist
It's been 10 days already; any update pertaining to the contest would be appreciated at this point. If the contest is dead, tell us that it's dead!
nayanstha's avatar
nayansthaProfessional Filmographer
i am starting to forget that i have participated in this contest.. IT SERIOUSLY IS TAKING LONG FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
kellymckernan's avatar
kellymckernanProfessional Traditional Artist
Okay, seriously.
TamiTw's avatar
TamiTwHobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL
eroseon's avatar
eroseonStudent Digital Artist
Hi guys! Just in case anyone missed them, TAD has a bunch of short videos available on their dA page.

Something to do while we wait?

[link]
Doctormk's avatar
DoctormkProfessional General Artist
At least let us know when the results will be announced, you set a very short time to submit our work, we worked our asses hardly to respect this date, and now what no one knows anything.!
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