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The World of Warcraft Student Art Contest Is Now Open!

The World of Warcraft Student Art Contest Is Now Open!

Student artists, prepare yourselves. Blizzard Entertainment is proud to present the 9th Annual World of Warcraft Student Art Contest! We’re calling on college and university students to submit original artwork or animations that would be a great fit for World of Warcraft.

We started the contest to give students who are excited about creating stylized, hand-painted game art an outlet. It has helped many Artists start their careers here on the Warcraft team at Blizzard and across the games industry. We don’t just look for artists who can execute a task; we look for artists who have an artistic vision and can work with others to help shape that vision. Storytelling is also huge; we want people who can create something that feels alive, part of a larger world. I really hope students don’t look at our finished artwork and think that working at Blizzard is beyond their reach. You can do it, and it can start with the Student Art Contest.

Jeff Parrott, Senior Art Manager, World of Warcraft

While winning or being a runner-up doesn’t guarantee you an internship, it sure doesn’t hurt your chances! Even if the timing isn’t right for an internship offer, it doesn’t mean an opportunity won’t present itself later. We’ve hired several past winners and runners-up years after they participated in the contest. Students can also potentially use their submission as part of a senior project, as well as in their portfolio for submissions to other studios and programs. Furthermore, the art leaders judging the contest also have access to Blizzard as a whole—you never know if there’s a better fit on a different art team. It’s just a great way all-around of getting on our radar.

Janine Tedford, Manager, University Relations

We’re excited to see what you can do. Show us something we’ve never seen before that fits within World of Warcraft!

Details, rules, and online submission forms are available now on our contests page. We’ll be accepting entries until January 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Looking for advice and inspiration? Pour yourself a cup and check out our 2017 Student Art Contest Roundtable.

Looking for motivation? Check out the winning submissions below.

Good luck, and have fun!

 
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