We can't create the most awesome kids television in the world without the most awesome artists in the world.
We offer aspiring artists, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their artistic skills while working on our
2D and CG animated television shows. We seek out talented designers, painters, and story artists
with unique and/or under-represented voices.
There are three creative avenues to pursue: General Design Track, Storyboard Track, and CG Generalist Track.
Each track provides hand-on experience working with directors, supervisors, and lead artists on our productions in your chosen discipline.
All tracks are open to any qualified artist who has not yet had production experience.
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Applicants that were not selected will be notified by the end of December. Please note: notification dates are subject to change.
For consideration in the Nick Artist Program, materials must be submitted together between July 1st and August 1st.
Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of September
Finalists will be notified by mid-October
Chosen Artists will be notified no later than the end of November
You must be 18 years or older to participate. Participation in the Nick Artist Program is a full-time job. You must possess and present evidence of identification and United States employment eligibility (valid for the duration of the Program). If you have previously applied to the Program and have not been selected, you are welcome and encouraged to apply again. However, you are required to submit an updated portfolio or storyboard, supplemental materials, and/or reel each time you apply.
If you love bringing stories to life through characters, backgrounds/environments, props, and color then the General Design Track is for you!
If your passion lies in visual storytelling, then the Storyboard Track is for you!
CG GENERALIST TRACK
We are looking for talented and well-rounded artists with unique and/or under-represented voices.
CG GENERALIST TRACK
We are looking for talented and well-rounded CG generalists with unique and/or under-represented voices. The CG Generalist Track will branch into two areas:
Post-Production (Focuses: Lighting/Compositing/FX/Animation)
In general, we recommend that you present your best work and limit your reel/portfolio accordingly. Focus on quality rather than quantity.
Have strong understanding of visual aesthetics and animation principles.
Your Reel should communicate the following skills in your chosen areas of focus:
Start early! We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to complete the application submission process. Give yourself at least two weeks prior to the August 1st deadline to complete your submission.
Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines outlined on this site will not be considered for the Program.
Thank you for your applying to the Nickelodeon Artist Program. Good luck!
Click here to begin the application process: (Nick Artist Program)
Yes, the Program is a full-time position for up to 6 months; however, employment is on an "at will" basis. Due to the intensive nature of the Program, you may not hold other employment or be enrolled in school on a full-time basis during the Program period if it will interfere with any aspect of or time commitment to the Program.
Although professional artistic experience is not necessary (i.e. having worked as a character designer), a strong artistic background is encouraged. Keep in mind that a great portfolio and/or reel will showcase your potential and passion for your craft. Working knowledge of related software, computer and Cintiq experience is also a plus.
Yes, all Viacom employees are eligible to apply for the Program.
No, you will be unable to upload your application prior to July 1st or after August 1st.
You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been submitted successfully.
No. Only materials requested in the submission guidelines will be accepted.
No, in fact your portfolio and/or reel need not include any Nickelodeon characters.
Your portfolio should show your best work, but be edited accordingly. Organize your portfolio by highlighting your passion and unique vision first. Include a variety of skills that showcase your talent: character design, environments, color, props, paintings, life drawings, animal sketches, and samples from your sketch book.
Include an appropriate number to showcase your skills. You must upload a minimum of 5 images, but no more than 25 images.
For your reel, focus on quality rather than quantity. Each discipline is different and you should assemble your reel accordingly to show your skill within that discipline. Be sure to showcase your best work. Reels should be 2-3 minutes in length.
Yes. As a part of the review process, all applicants must submit a work resume and an autobiographical summary. Applications that do not include both of these items will not be considered.
Your resume should include your key contact information. It is helpful to include your blog or website if they demonstrate your work as well. Include your work history, including movies, titles or projects you worked on. Also, include software applications, scripting language you are familiar with, and your educational focus. Hobbies and references are helpful also.
The notification dates are as follows: Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of September, Finalists will be notified by the end of October, Chosen Artists will be notified by the end of November. <br> Please note: notification dates are subject to change.
Upon receipt of your submission materials through FluidReview, your work will be reviewed shortly thereafter. If chosen as a semi-finalist, you will first be called for a phone interview and potentially, a second in-person interview. If chosen as a finalist, you will be called for a panel review. PLEASE BE PATIENT. DUE TO HIGH VOLUME AND THE NATURE OF THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR STATUS.
Due to the high volume of submissions to our Program, we are unable to provide you with such feedback.
The number of artists selected for the Program varies from year to year based on the needs of the Studio.
Artists begin the Program in January.
The Program takes place at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, CA. Yes, artists who are accepted will need to relocate to the LA area. For participants coming from out-of-town, air-fare and one month's accommodations are provided however all transportation (once in LA) and any moving costs are the individual artist's responsibility.