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Rookie Awards 2022 | Rookie of the Year

Immersive Media Finalists

Looking for artists creating content specifically for use with virtual reality headsets. The judges are wanting to see completed games, apps, immersive experiences and all the elements involved in pushing this technology to the next level.


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

I love drawing since I was small. By the time I graduated high school I decided to study illustration. But things didn't turn out as plan instead I went to study something that has nothing to do with art and design. Four years after, while looking for a job an interviewer encouraged me to study UI/UX and a total stranger that told me it was never too late to restart. I took their advice and applied for digital media design course. Now here I am, studying to become a web designer.



Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

When I play my first ever game on Play Station 1, I realized that my passion towards games are undescribable. That is the moment I know I need to enter game industry, and I am willing to do anything related to games.

Tan Kai Ching


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design



Before I graduate my secondary school, I saw The One Academy marketing their school in my secondary school's edu fair, and that's where I told myself I want to work in the creative media industry.


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

Since young, I've always imagine myself being in this industry. The working process, challenges, techniques, etc. intimidate and excite me at the same time. Even though is challenging at times but I want to keep going!

Christen Chong Ying Qi


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

I've enjoyed drawing since I was young but didn't think I'd be studying digital media design until my brother introduced me to UI and UX design right after I finished SPM. I feel UI and UX are somehow cool and challenging as they need a lot of consideration to make a good design for users.


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

It was back when I attended a talk by some designers who shared their experience in the creative media industry. I was inspired and in awe when I witnessed the transformation in their work from an amateur artist to a professional. The examples and progress that was shown by the designers had filled me with curiosity. Thus, this had lead me to pursue a career in the creative industry.

Cecilia KJY



Since secondary school, I've slowly become interested in design and wondered if I could help others with my designs, even if it was just a small project. Seeing other creative designers playing with different mediums and creating great work that helps people all over the world makes me want to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and broaden my perspective on the creative journey.

Jonathan Wiguna Halim


Indonesia | The One Academy of Communication Design

When start to like playing and explore more about illustrator and photoshop.



Around 18 I realised how interesting and important user experience was in terms of everyday life. That was when my passion erupted for the the creative media field really happened. I didn't regret a single second of it and enjoyed learning new things at the expense of my beloved lecturers who constantly pester me to do better. Right now I'm trying to focus on crafting gameplay experience and user experience.

Tan Yea Shian


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

I love art and movies. Few years ago, I travelled to Japan I saw a lot of creative and amazing art on the street.

Gabriel Lam


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I started my career in branding back in Hong Kong, where I empowered small businesses around communication to deliver their messages to the right people. I realize I want to commit to the creative media industry as I see how my solution could help and improve people's quality of living.


Malaysia | The One Academy

I found myself good at art and design while I was studying in secondary school, I can make better use of my talents in this field. I am a open minded person, and I often leave myself in a state of curiosity. I will not limit my imagination because I can seek new ideas and possibilities through the things I'm interested at. I also love to explore new things and gain experience from it.

Jacob Alexander


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I have always had a passion for immersive media since I first interacted with VR in 2018, but had no clue how to enter that industry. I was going down the engineering path, but realized I wouldn't be able to do that job for the rest of my life as I would become bored. I then started looking at art schools and discovered SCAD, which had an Immersive Reality program. It was the perfect fit.