We’re looking for the games industry’s next generation of leading character artists!

Now in its eleventh year, Search For A Star has helped to showcase some of the best student game developers around. We expanded to include art disciplines for the first time in 2016 and have already introduced studios to hundreds of games artists!

Our aim with Search for a Star has always been to help you make the leap from art student to professional games developer. We want to highlight your skills to the industry and help keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in games development. Search for a Star can take you to fantastic places, with last year’s character artists ending up at great studios including Sumo Digital, Firesprite, No Brakes Games and more!

The character art challenge is split up into two stages, with the project stage open to all entrants.

  • 6 Week Character Development Project
  • Industry Panel Interview

Development Project

Develop a game-ready character over 6 weeks! Starting from an industry-approved project brief that we’ll provide, you’ll be asked to create a character model that really shows your artistic knowledge, technical ability, and understanding of how to prepare your art for use in games.

A team of artists from across the industry will review your projects, assessing them based on a mix of creative and technical criteria including research and concept development, documentation, your production process and all the way to the final in-engine render.

Panel Interview

After reviewing the projects, the highest achieving students will be invited to take part in an exclusive panel interview with leading industry professionals. Styled after a studio hiring interview, they’ll want to know all about you, your technical & artistic knowledge and career motivations.

Following the interviews, an overall winner from each challenge tier will be decided and will receive a number of prizes donated from industry alongside an exclusive chance of a job interview (for Search for a Star winners) or internship (for Sumo Digital Rising Star winners).

How do you decide who reaches the final interview stage?

Reaching the final stage is decided by the combined scores from all criteria in the project stage.

Character Art 2019 Entries

Want to see what some of last year’s students created for their character art projects? Take a look below!