More than just
Our legacy is the Rookie Awards, but we are much, much more than this. We are a platform that helps digital artists get discovered without having to compete with professionals for attention. We are here to help bridge the gap between production studios and schools.
Most importantly, The Rookies is a safe environment for aspiring artits to share their work without judgement, to be encouraged and motivated to chase their dreams of a career in creative media.
"The Rookies is better than Artstation. It exposes you to the level of artists that you're competing against."
You are in great hands
Supported by the best schools
The Rookies is a platform for all aspiring artists, but we also have a long history with supporting schools and students. Through initiatives like the Rookie Awards and speaking and education conferences around the world we are here to help guide everyone on their journey to launch their creative media careers.View Schools
We love helping members grow their network
Where student's are seen by the right people
The Rookies is a much needed support network for artists during their journey from novice through to the early stages of their professional career. We have a strong industry connection with the world's most highly respected studios. This allows us to help introduce members to our network of recruiters and offer networking opportunities not available on other platforms.
A environment to gain confidence
Grow and thrive as a student
Contests & Challenges
To help encourage members to create new content for their portfolios, we regularly have contests and challenges. These provide a great way for members to compare their skills and follow along as people submit their work.
Learning & Targeted Content
A huge part of our community is helping members learn about software, soft skills and everything in between. Our platform has a fully integrated learning directory which targets content directly to members based on where they are on their journey.
Support Channels (Discord)
A critical part of any artists journey is to build a strong network. To help with this, we have a dedicated Discord channel where everyone can share ideas, work and talk about industry news. Industry professionals from our judging panel are always found joining in the discussions.
Job Leads & Studio Directory
As members start thinking about careers, they can dig into our Studio directory to find local and international companies worthy of their talent. With our network of partners, we provide members with job leads the moment they arrive in our inbox.
"Success at The Rookies is a great boost for the whole Animation Programme at the Hertfordshire. From the staff's point of view, it lets us know we're on the right track. For the students, it helps to show them just how much it's possible to achieve if they apply themselves."
The Rookies is a much needed support network for artists during their journey from novice through to the early stages of their professional career. This is their journey, and it is our responsibility to connect them with trusted companies, studios and schools that will help them become the artist we know they can be.
First launched in 2010, the Rookie Awards is our premium advertising opportunity for companies looking to engage with our audience through our dedicated contest platform, customised marketing campaigns and detailed reporting dashboards.
The Rookie Awards is open to all amateur artists. If you are trying to break into the creative media and entertainment industry, you are eligible. Students, recent graduates and self-taught artists are allowed to enter.
The goal of this Awards is to help encourage and motivate artists to share their work. It’s not just about winning. It’s about building your confidence and finding out how your skills stack up against other artists around the world on the same journey.
Simply no better way to drive leads to your school by performing well in the Rookies World School Rankings® 2019.
Start your journey today
Simple steps to get started
Join our School Directory
This is a crucial first step. This allows our team to build a relationship with your key school contacts. We can help build and manage a School Directory page for you and support your admissions team.
Ask student's to register
It only takes a few minutes to get your students registered on The Rookies platform. We recommend that staff take the initiative and walk everyone through the process together. Follow this link to register today.
Add Rookie Awards to Curriculum
Schools that perform well in the Rookie Awards each year have one thing in common, they have integrated the contest into their curriculum and term schedules. This allows the staff to help make sure students have correctly submitted work to the annual contest and are representing your school the best they can.