Art & Design Competitions to Look Forward to in 2020 – Part 2

Here we have the continuation for the list of student art & design competitions to look forward to this year. This time we’re honing in on industry-specific awards, so get ready to mark those calendars for deadlines!

As we’ve said before, joining student competitions are highly recommended, if only for the experience that you’ll garner out of it. Winning is definitely a cherry on top, for sure, but let’s not count our chicks before they hatch.

The first thing you need to do is to check out the contests available, decide which one you’ll join, and get to work. Here’s some more of the contests you can look forward to this year, without further ado.

Again, do note that some of them do have application fees, so make sure to read the details on the official website thoroughly, and watch out for the fine print.

March

12 – Adobe Design Circle Scholarships (Graphic Design)

20 – Clio Awards (Advertising)

31 – CINDY Awards (Film)

31 – CFDA Scholarship Program (Fashion)

31 – iPhone Photography Awards (Photography)

April

2 – Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition (Fine Art)

3 – Radio Mercury Awards (Advertising)

26* – Neutral Density Photography Awards 2020 (Photography)
* early deadline

30 – Nikon Small World (Photography)

May

TBA – American Society of Landscape Architects Student Awards (Landscape Architecture)

June

1 – Good Design Award (Industrial Design)

July

TBA – CMYK (Illustration)

August

12 – Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (Fine Art)

Feel free to explore your options. The important thing is that you commit and follow through once you’ve decided to join. We recommend getting guidance from your instructors too so you can be confident in submitting your best work.

Academy of Art University faculty can be relied upon to give you support and encouragement, but also constructive feedback and criticism where necessary. Good luck and have fun!


Academy of Art University is known for encouraging its students to pursue real-world experiences, whether through collaborations, internships, or art & design competitions.

Apply now if you want a reliable support system throughout your academic journey in the creative fields. Request information on our offered academic programs from our admissions representatives to make a well-informed choice.