We can't create the most awesome kids television in the world without the most awesome artists in the world. We provide a salaried position for six months to aspiring artists and offer them the chance to hone their craft in a totally hands-on way; by learning from artists who are currently working on one of our series.
The Artist Program offers two creative avenues to pursue: The General Track and Storyboard Track. The General Track offers hands-on experience working with established color, background, character, and prop artists, while the Storyboard Track offers hands-on experience working with lead storyboard artists.
Applicants that were not selected will be notified by the end of July. Please note: notification dates are subject to change.
For consideration in the 2016 Artist Program, materials must be submitted together between March 1st and April 1st.
Semi-finalists will be notified by the end of April 2016.
Finalists will be notified by no later than the end of May 2016.
Chosen Artists will be notified by no later than the end of June 2016.
You must be 18 years or older to participate. You must possess and present evidence of identity 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!
In general, we recommend that you present your best work and limit your work accordingly. Focus on quality rather than quantity. Your portfolio should show diversity in skill. Organize your portfolio by highlighting your main passion first. Include an appropriate number of images to showcase your skills (a minimum of 5 images and a maximum of up to 25 images).
Please submit work such as:
In general, we recommend that you present your strongest work and limit your work accordingly. Submit original material only (your own personal work) - no storyboards of commercial material will be accepted. Your submitted storyboard should highlight your strengths. Your storyboard can be action‐oriented and/or comedic. Make sure that your storytelling in each shot is clear and understandable. While there is no limit to the number of panels to include, you should only include enough panels to showcase yours skills. Submit what conveys your ideas best. Focus on quality rather than quantity.
You can submit work such as:
Your storyboard should communicate your skills in the following areas:
We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to complete the FluidReview submission process. We advise that you give yourself at least two weeks prior to the April 1st deadline to complete your submission.If you are experiencing problems with the FluidReview application, please contact FluidReview's technical support team by clicking the "Help" link (in the upper right hand corner) of your FluidReview user account page.
Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines cannot be submitted through FluidReview and will not be considered for the Program.
Thank you for your applying to the Nickelodeon Artist Program. Good luck!
All submission materials should be completed and uploaded into our online submission system, FluidReview. You will need to create a login and password to set-up your own user account.
Yes, the Program is a full-time position lasting 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. Necessary 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 March 1st or after April 1st.
You will receive a confirmation email from FluidReview 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 3 - 5 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 mid-April, Finalists will be notified by the end of April, Chosen Artists will be notified by the end of May, All others will be notified, by mail, by the end of June. 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 with the Program's Vice President. 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.
We can accept up to two artists into the General Track and two artists into the Storyboard Track per year.
Artists begin the Program in July.
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. Round trip 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.