Apply to be a 2021-22 Creative Resident

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The Adobe Creative Residency is a year-long program that allows artists in the early stages of their creative careers to focus on building up their local creative communities and their own dream portfolios. Each Resident is supported with a full salary, health benefits, mentorship, access to Adobe software, speaking opportunities, and other project-specific support to make their vision a reality. The ideal candidate is passionate about building their community, skilled in their field, in the beginning stages of their creative career, and has the desire to make the Creative Residency their professional focus for one year.

We are excited to announce that applications for the 2021 Adobe Creative Residency will be open February 16 9a.m. PST — March 14 11:59 p.m. PST. If you’re interested in growing your creative career, read on for application information, tips, and other resources to help you with your submission.

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Application information

Every year we look for a variety of ideas, people, and cultures representative of the diversity of Adobe’s creative community. This year, applications will be accepted from candidates living the United States.

We are looking for future Residents who have a strong area of focus in one of these categories:

If your area of expertise isn’t listed above, we still welcome your application. See our alumni page to get a sense of the diversity of fields and styles we have supported in the past.

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Application tips

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Form your project vision

Complete the application form

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Application resources

This is your opportunity to use your creative strengths to communicate your style, voice, and process. Craft a project proposal layout, storyline, and design that exemplify your creative strengths.

Refer to the past residents’ applications on our website. Notice how they used their artistic and organizational strengths to build a strong proposal. Remember that every submission is unique, so make sure yours reflects your style, brand, and voice.

In addition to the project proposal, we also consider your previous creative work, flexibility in trying new things, past work experiences, and willingness to take on new challenges. You can watch 2018 resident Aaron Bernstein’s application video here to see how he uses stop motion animation, audio, and photography to communicate his project concept. This gave us a good feel for his level of skill, what style to expect from his project, and his ability to pitch his design concepts visually and succinctly.

Good luck! We look forward to reviewing your application and hope to meet you soon.