What is Upcomers?
We are a platform for all creative students and recently grads, around the world. Our mission is to kickstart your career, so you can land that dream-job in the creative industry. The moment you sign up, you’ll be part of the Upcomers Creative Community and you can work on creative challenges that global and local brands post on our website.
Who are behind Upcomers?
Upcomers is based on the personal experience of our founder, who went to art-school herself. A brand challenged her class with a brief and by winning this challenge and making it part of her portfolio, she landed her first job at a global advertising agency.
Why should/would i sign up for Upcomers?
That's almost a no brainer: here are some key ones:
you can work on real challenges from global and local brands
you can show your greatness and build a portfolio with real work
you can work and collaborate with other community members (not yet but 2nd phase)
you get rewarded (we are building an awards program catalogue with prices from Adobe Creative Cloud, Coachella Tickets to TED Conferences, Burning Man, NY Fashion Show, Cannes Film Festival, etc)
you are exposed to global brands who could be your next destination if it comes to an internship, a project or, maybe ultimately, your first job
Are there any other benefits when I’m part of the Upcomers Community?
Yes, we offer access to:
tutorials from industry professionals and guru’s
you will become automatically part of the Upcomers Discount program with discounts on all kind of products (this is not active yet, but think Adobe software, Apple products, etc)
can tap into the Upcomers ‘Review Board’ (board of industry leaders that answer questions)
How do I sign up for Upcomers?
You can sign up and create a personal profile on Upcomers.co. We will have some specific fields you need to fill out or check-off, other fields are up to you and optional. You can make your profile public, so other students can see your profile and reach out to connect or - in the future - collaborate with you. Have your student ID handy; that’s how we can keep it strictly for creative students (all majors). If you recently graduated or follow specific creative courses (e.g. with General Assembly) you can also join, just follow the instructions on the sign-up page.
Who is this open to?
All creative students, all majors! Whether you’re an emerging illustrator, director, set designer, fashion-designer, photographer, game-designer, UX, graphic, toy, animator, or any other title, then this is for you.
Do I need a college degree?
Nope. There is no education requirement.
Do I need to have a portfolio to sign-up!
Nope. However, it’s our goal that the projects you will develop through Upcomers will help you build a stellar portfolio.
What is a Creative Brief?
A creative brief is like an assignment. It tells you who the client is, their goal, who their audience is, what creative assets are needed and your deadline.
Is there an age limit?
No, but you must be at least 18 years old.
What if I graduate? Can I still be part of the Creative Community?
Yes you can but only for another 2 years after graduation. You can always contact us if, after 2 years you still might be eligible; e.g. you are still working on your portfolio or want to go up for your masters. Bottom line is that we want to keep Upcomers mostly and foremostly for students and recent graduates.
Do I have to pay to become a member of the Upcomers Creative Community?
You can sign-up for free but we have various membership levels that offer additional premium benefits. You pick what works best for you.
Do I get rewarded if I submit work?
Yes. Each creative challenge (or brief) will exactly tell you what the reward or compensation entitles.
How much time do I have to work on it?
This will depend on the clients urgency and complexity of the brief; some of them will ask for a quick turn-around (think within 1 or 2 weeks), some of them might have a longer timeline. of 3 to 4 weeks.
How do I submit?
You can submit your work online and follow the ‘Submit My Work’
What are the rules?
Each brief will have the ‘Rules and Conditions’ specified.
We take both very serious. if you click here you can read more about our Privacy and our Terms of Usage.
Who chooses the winning/selected entries?
The Client and the Review Board will make a first selection. The Client will have the final say.
Can I/we submit work as a team or class?
In the future you can for sure. Now it will be depending on the client's briefing.
If you still have questions send an email to the support team firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you asap!