Design to Win Contest

Design To Win

Do you have a really awesome concept for a game but don’t know what to do next? Are you an incredible artist and want to improve? Take your passion for gaming to The Next Level by winning a class in art or game design. We’re giving you the opportunity to further your knowledge and skills with a formal introductory design course that will assist in nurturing your interest in game development at the Academy of Art University!


From July 7th to August 11th, you can submit entries including one overview of an original game concept and one submission of ORIGINAL art that supports the game concept (must submit both in order to win). All entries will judged by The Next Level, Social Media Voting, and a panel of judges at PAX Prime 2014. Here is what the work will be judged on:

  • Originality: An original concept for a game using this template and copy/pasted into the app submission page (this will be showcased below your art piece).
  • Game Art: An original art piece that supports your game concept and is uploaded through the app submission page. This must be created to represent your game design but is not limited in it’s art form (character art, map level, etc.).
  • Technique: How did you execute your pieces? Are they well thought out, cohesive.
  • Social Voting: All votes/likes by Facebook users for the top 10 semi-finalists will be added up and assigned a ranking order.

Don’t worry if you feel you aren’t the best artist in the world! Remember, this course is a choice of a Game Art OR Design class. We will be judging each piece separately then combining scores overall. Even if it’s stick figures, focus on something that shows how the game looks, feels and supports the overall concept.

The top 3 finalist will be chosen based on these cumulative scores. In case of a tie, the social rank order will determine who advances. The submissions are used as a way to judge the participants talent and will not be utilized for anything other than promotional purposes.

The finalists will be judged by industry professionals live at PAX Prime, where the winner will be announced on The Next Level’s Twitch page. Now’s your chance to get one step closer to taking your dreams to The Next Level. Good Luck!

Even if you don’t enter the contest you can still help those that do realize dreams by voting for your favorite and rooting them on at PAX Prime! Cast your vote below now!