Benefits & Prizes

Free to submit, ADAA entry offers the chance for mentorship, detailed feedback, career bootcamps, internships, and the big prize for the winners — an unforgettable trip to San Diego to attend Adobe MAX 2016.

by Zach Becker
Western Washington University
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The Adobe MAX Experience

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Travel to San Diego

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Trophies

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ADAA Showcase

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Adobe Creative Cloud

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Creative Residency

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Meetings with Industry Leaders

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Detailed Feedback

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ADAA Certificate and Online Badge

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Live Gallery

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Career Bootcamp

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ADAA Community

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Career Tips from 99U

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Mentorship

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Review by Judges

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Mentorship

Adobe partners with the International Council of Design (ico-D) to provide all ADAA entrants with the chance to be mentored by education and industry professionals.

There are two kinds of mentorships: the 5-5-5 and the portfolio review.

The 5-5-5 takes place over 5 months with 5 meetings (usually held online or by phone) that tackle 5 predetermined goals that can be tailored to help you either improve your design skills or launch your career.

The portfolio review provides advice and incisive feedback from a mentor about the work you choose to have them reviewed.

Mentorship

Review by Judges

Every entry will be reviewed by a judge on our panel of internationally renowned industry experts, from creative directors at global design firms to innovators at the cutting edge of technology and creativity. This is your opportunity to have someone with deep expertise see and evaluate your work.

ADAA Community

Every participant will be invited to join the ADAA community, a close-knit network of creative professionals, industry experts, academic leaders, and students who are top in their classes. Members of the community are invited to networking events and provided resources related to building their careers.

ADAA Community

ADAA Live Gallery

All eligible entries will be showcased on the official live gallery. The gallery is seen by thousands of industry professionals, academic leaders, ADAA alumni, and others in the ADAA community.

ADAA Live Gallery

ADAA Certificate and Online Badge

Semifinalists, finalists, and winners will receive an official digital certificate from Adobe, as well as an online badge for LinkedIn and Facebook issued by Credly and authorized by Adobe. Certificates and badges can help you stand out when applying for your next internship, job, or project.

ADAA Certificate and Online Badge

ADAA Career Bootcamps

In 2016, Adobe will be cohosting three full-day career bootcamps with leading design schools. Each bootcamp will focus on skills and training related to the soft skills of creative work:

  • The Handshake — how to take a compliment, how to network genuinely
  • The Pitch — how to persuade humbly, how to convince a client of a crazy idea
  • The Portfolio — how to curate your portfolio, how to show the right work to the right person
  • Freelancing — how to charge fairly, how to manage difficult conversations and clients

All semifinalists, finalists, and winners will receive an invitation to attend our bootcamps* for free, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn valuable skills that’ll help you win projects and rise in your career.

* Travel not included.

Meeting with Industry Leaders

Semifinalists, finalists, and winners will be invited to a variety of partnered events, from meet and greets with local design firms to Creative Jams.*

Meeting with Industry Leaders

* Subject to availability.

Detailed Feedback

Finalists and winners will receive comments about their work directly from the judging table. The ADAA gives you a rare opportunity to learn what industry experts love about your work and where you should improve. This invaluable feedback can help you build confidence and grow in your craft.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Finalists and winners will receive a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud membership ($599 value). Students who already have a membership can have it extended for a year.

Creative Cloud includes up-to-date versions of:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Muse
  • Acrobat Pro
  • Animate
  • Adobe Audition
  • And more

Creative Residency Nomination

The Adobe Creative Residency (http://www.adobe.com/about-adobe/creative-residency.html) gives talented creative individuals the opportunity to explore their passion and process by focusing on a personal creativity project for one full year. Creative Residents receive a compensation package, access to the best creative tools, and resources and support from mentors in a variety of creative fields. In return, they share their insights with the community.

Finalists and winners who are eligible* for the Creative Residency will be nominated by the ADAA Committee to be an Adobe Creative Resident. Nominations are powerful and greatly strengthen your application.

* Finalists and winners will be nominated for three years following their submission. So even if you’re not eligible this year (because you’re still in school), you will still be nominated when you become eligible.

Adobe MAX 2016

Finalists and winners will receive conference passes to attend Adobe MAX 2016: The Creativity Conference (US $299 value).

Travel to San Diego

We welcome you to San Diego for the trip of a lifetime. Meet your fellow winners and explore San Diego before attending Adobe MAX. Flight and hotel room included.*

Travel to San Diego

* Restrictions apply — see official rules.

Trophies

Winners will receive a cool ADAA trophy as a token of their achievement and recognition of their hard work and talent.

Trophies

​Career Tips from 99U

99U by Behance is an award-winning website, an annual conference, a magazine, and a series of books focused on how to make good ideas happen. From tips on crafting pitches to how to get started freelancing, 99U is an invaluable resource to help students launch and excel in their early career.

The ADAA is thrilled to be working with 99U to curate their content for students. All entrants will receive regular career tips via an email newsletter from 99U and finalists and winners will receive a 99U Quarterly subscription – a premium edition print magazine packed with practical advice on idea execution, including in-depth profiles of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs.

​Career Tips from 99U

ADAA Showcase

As a finalist or winner you will be part of the all-time ADAA Showcase - where all of our industry partners, past judges, and ADAA community members go to admire the best and brightest of student talent.

Benefit from becoming a member of the ADAA community.

ADAA Showcase