Art direction portfolio review application process
This Portfolio Review is for applicants seeking work in the craft of Assistant Art Direction. If you’re
interested in more information about the Local 800 crafts of Illustrators and Matte Artists; Scenic,
Title, and Graphic Design; or Set Designers and Model Makers, please visit these areas of the ADG
website for more information.
Before applying, the ADG strongly recommends applicants have at least three years of professional
work experience in Art Direction work, in crafts equivalent to Local 800 crafts, or related fields.
Examples of the applicant’s professional work must be included in the portfolio presented for review.
Incomplete applications, or missing fees, will postpone the applicant’s scheduled interview time.
Application Due Dates and Portfolio Review Dates are listed on the ADG website.
• Application Fee $200 (Non-Refundable)
• Application form (please submit form to firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Copy of resume with related work experience and educational background
• 3 letters of recommendation
• Portfolio materials (see required criteria)
If an applicant submits work from a signatory (union) project, they must identify their job on the
production, and whether the work was used for the production or created exclusively for this
Portfolio. ALL WORK MUST BE THE APPLICANT’S OWN.
An applicant may not submit work they created which displaced union covered work.
Upon completion of the application and interview, a notification of the result will be sent via email
within two weeks.
The applicant who has been approved through the Art Directors Guild portfolio review process must
obtain an offer of work in the Art Direction craft on an IATSE signatory production and complete 30
days of work in order to be placed on the Industry Experience Roster. Roster placement is the sole
responsibility of the applicant.
Once all required documents are received, the ADG will contact the applicant with an interview date
and time. Interviews will be arranged either in person at the Local 800 office, or via video conference.
The applicant’s materials must be received by the Local 800 office by the submission date, as listed on
the ADG website. An incomplete submission will result in the cancelation of the applicant’s
interview. Applicants may reapply for a subsequent portfolio review.
Applicants must be prepared to discuss any content in their application, portfolio, and resumé, as well
as an Assistant Art Director’s role in communicating and interfacing with any departments within the
Applicants must be prepared to present all required portfolio materials. If the interview is conducted
via video conference, Applicants must be prepared to present their portfolio materials via screen
share. Applicants will have a total of forty-five (45) minutes to present their portfolio, and to answer
questions from interviewers.
Please download the sample portfolio, criteria document, recommendation form and application below.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW DATES:
2023 Review #2:
Application Deadline: Friday, May 19
2023 Review #3:
Application Deadline: Friday, September 22