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Rookie Awards 2019 | Education Scholarships

Flinders University / CDW Studios Finalists

Flinders University / CDW Studios are offering a 12 month Scholarship package for either the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) Honours program or the Graduate Diploma in Digital Production for Entertainment Design. Look no further if you want to take your skills to the next level this year.

Dennis van Kessel


United Kingdom | Teesside University

When I was 16 I stumbled across online and realised that this passion I had for drawing could actually be turned into a potential career path. Ever since I have worked hard to make that dream a reality.

Seow Yong Khin



When I was young, I love Disney movies and it makes me want to be an artist and create characters and illustrations. I wasn't sure what kind of artist I want to be at that age but I know that I wanted to be involved in the art industry. I was drawing non stop ever since. After I graduated from The One Academy College, I had a clearer understanding of the art working industry and I know that I want to be a concept artist and illustrator.

Brutout Samy


Belgium | Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard

I've always had a lot of creativity since I was young, since I never stoped creating things ...

Nguyen Pham


Australia | Flinders University / CDW Studios

I was always aiming to work in the creative industry since I'm always more interested in creating things than solving math. I'm growing up by being amazed by reading comics, watching animation and playing games, all that little by little becomes a part I can never give up of myself.

Kattaka Lertnukkhid


Singapore | 3dsense Media School

After I graduated with a graphic design degree, I stumbled on 3d work. After experiencing what 3D is capable of, I have been awed by all the amazing works and i've wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry ever since. Which led me to enrolled in 3dsense media school in Singapore in order to fulfil my dream of working in the industry.


Germany | SAE Institute Munich

Game Art is the perfect combination of creative and technical challenges. When I first tried out 3D I fell in love with both sides. It's all about finding the balance between amazing Artwork and Performance, pushing it with the resources you got to the best possible outcome.

Fermin Tituaña



My passion for creating realistic characters through the computer. following the different processes of the industry

Mark Teo


Malaysia | The One Academy of Communication Design

When I realize that I felt happier drawing something that piques my interest instead of studying for a chemistry test. I decided to adopt the paths related to my interest instead. That lead the community of digital arts.

Stephen Sebastian Njoto


New Zealand | The University of Auckland

I've always enjoyed drawing, observing and understanding the world around me. Although it wasn't later in life that I realised all the worlds I dreamed up and put to paper was what concept designers do. Just completed my bachelor's degree in architectural studies and am currently building up a concept design portfolio.

Harshal Pandhe



I realized where my passion lies when I was in 8th grade in school.

Wong Kahzhuan (Kz)


Malaysia | The One Academy

After discovering and going down the rabbit hole of movie behind the scenes a few years ago, I was (and still is) amazed by the designs and how they were brought to life, I am determined to share my visions and ideas to the world and to do my part as an artist designer!

A.Murthada Fadli M


Indonesia | Semarang State University

I was studying art from very beginning, when i was a kid, and i enjoying every single things when i make a new thing, and when i was in Junior highschool i started to make my own personal project, even its not good enough to see, but it makes my art experience developed. I have done a few project from industry, comic, illustration and character design for game projects and graphic novels when i'm in university. And i started to develop my art education and skill again to be a pro artist.

Jangyong Lee


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I realized that I wanted to work in the feature film and media industry when I managed my fashion brand.

Julio Grimaldo



Since I was little I was very attracted to the images I saw on TV, movies, videogames. When I understood that there were people behind, I wanted to be part of it.


Canada | Syn Studio

When I was about 19-18 years old, I realized my notebook had more drawings than notes.


Hong Kong | FZD School of Design

My passion for story telling started when I was a kid. I started working in the mobile games industry as a Game Artist after graduating from college, and eventually moved onto a Producer role. Although I loved the people that I worked with, the job itself didn't satisfy my craving for creating worlds and characters. I eventually wrapped up my last game and decided to pursue a career in Concept Art, hoping to realize these worlds I have in my mind on the big screen or in games.


Australia | Flinders University / CDW Studios

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with animated films and video games, at a young age I appreciated the artistry and craftsmanship even if I didn't know it. It made me excited to make games of my own with interesting characters and locations that are memorable. Ever since I've been working on my craft .



It was a slow realization that grew on me while playing games in the high school years

Blackmagic Design
Chaos Group
Axis Studios
Epic Games
Weta Digital
Ninja Theory
NetherRealm Studios
Monolith Productions
Polygon Pictures
Rodeo FX
Electric Theatre Collective
Double Negative
Animal Logic
CG Cookie
3D Artist
3D World
Media temple
CG Record
Image Engine