Art Directors Guild's Final Call for Production Apprentice Program


Last Updated: April 11, 2017 8:11 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, CA--April 11, 2017) Advancing into its fifth year, the Art Directors Guild announces a final call for submissions to their Production Apprentice (PA) Trainee Program. The program, which opened on February 28, is dedicated to developing a diverse group of new talents, for the profession of Production Design within moving image. Initially, the invitation went out to colleges, universities and graduates nationwide.

This opportunity is intended to provide the most motivated, and talented aspiring designers with an immersive learning experience and eventual Art Directors Guild membership. It is one of the most ambitious apprentice programs administered by a Hollywood labor union.

Production Apprentices are mentored on the job by working Production Designers and Art Directors, and are exposed to a wide range of workplace experiences – feature, episodic television, commercials, reality shows, live events and theme parks. Not limited to Hollywood alone, this is a national initiative.

After a review of the applications, interviews will be held in early June with ten finalists. The chosen candidates will then be invited to participate in the 2017- 2018 program.

2017 – 2018 PA Training Program Submissions Schedule:
April 28 – at 5:00 p.m. Applications for Submission Closes May 2 – 10 Panel Reviews P.A. Trainee Submissions May 12 – Trainee Applicants Notified June 10 & 11 – 9:00 a.m. Applicants Interviews (Showcase West)
June 13 – Interviewees Notified

Those interested may visit the Art Directors Guild website at for the complete schedule and online application.


The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,500 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors, Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists, Illustrators and Matte Artists, Set Designers and Model Makers, and Previs Artists. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, and annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (World Building Institute), a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective), figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at


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