Timeâ€™s running out for you to enter the second annual World of Warcraft Student Art Contest!Â Roll up your sleeves, rev up your creative energy, and get your submissions in by January 15, 2013. Eligible entrants will have a chance to win a grand prize that includes a three-month mentorship with Blizzard artists, one free year of World of Warcraft, a notebook containing an original sketch by a Blizzard artist, and a Blizzard T-shirt (a significant item level upgrade).
From Students to Designers: Winners Spotlight
For a little added inspiration, WoW Insiderâ€™s Lisa Poisso spoke to the three previous Student Art Contest winners to find out more about their creative processes, as well as their experiences working at Blizzard Headquarters. Thatâ€™s right, their pieces were so good that we had to pull each of them in for 2012 summer internships with our artistsâ€”an offer beyond what the contest grand prize entailed. Donâ€™t be surprised if you see one or more of these skilled crafters return to Blizzard to kick off their careers!
Check out these exclusive interviews with each winner, including commentary from their mentors on the World of Warcraft art team, and take a look at the design portfolios theyâ€™ve been building:
"Breaking into Gaming: WoW player earns a summer inside Blizzard's art department"
Artist:Â Jessica Dinh
BlizzardÂ Mentor: Wendy Vetter, Lead Dungeon Artist
"Student artist's Darkmoon carousel stuns Blizzard, earns internship"
Artist:Â Peter K. Lee
BlizzardÂ Mentor: Eric Browning, Lead Prop Artist
"Detail-oriented artist shows Blizzard how it's done"
Artist: Marie Lazar
Blizzard Mentor: Gary Platner, Lead Environment Artist
If youâ€™re an enrolled college student, this is your chance to get some one-on-one time with industry professionals who can assist you in preparing for a career in the games industry. Click the â€œEnter Contestsâ€ link below for entry examples, contest rules, and the submission form.
2013 Summer Internship Opportunities
If youâ€™re a college student participating in the Student Art Contest, or otherwise looking to break into the games industry, note that applications for our 2013 internship program are due January 31, 2013. This is a 12-week paid opportunity during the summer at Blizzard headquarters in Irvine, CA. Applicants must be studying at a university or college in the United States, and will be returning to school in the fall after the internship. Click on the button below to see a complete list of 2013 internship opportunities and submit your application.