Adobe ico-D Mentorship Programme

Students who enter the ADAA have the opportunity to apply for a mentorship with a professional designer. If you would like to mentor some of the world's best emerging talent get in touch with us. Here are a few quotes from previous mentees:

"I think my experience is a perfect example of how ico-D and Adobe are actively launching student careers. The mentors help students develop their portfolios which is essential for getting professional work. And by awarding students the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, they have access to professional tools to use for their own work and gain valuable experience. My portfolio that I developed with my mentor Natalie Lawhead, helped me get the job I have now"

Jason Ronzani, ADAA entrant 2014, ADAA winner 2015

"Thank you so much for featuring my work and the illustration I created with Jay Taylor as my mentor! It has been such a great experience and I highly recommend this mentorship program to all art students!"

Alison Conway, ADAA Semi-Finalist 2016

“My mentorship experience helped me learn how to turn my passion into a career. I was exposed to many websites and competitions, and my mentor gave me advice for finding clients. The whole process showed me new horizons that I had never thought about.”

Boris Pramatarov, student of the Adobe ico-D Mentorship Program 2014


  • Inspiration, guidance, and reflection are invaluable tools during creative and educational development.

    Established design professionals and creative pros are invited to deepen their involvement with the design community by sharing their creative insight with design students.

    An Adobe ico-D mentor is an industry professional or educator who is an expert in the discipline of graphic design, illustration, digital design, photography, animation, packaging design or filmmaking. They wish to become a Mentor because they are passionate about helping students build successful career paths in design.

    To apply to become an Adobe ico-D Mentor, contact: 


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    "Every student who submits an entry into the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) contest is eligible to apply for creative mentorship from an industry professional."

    - from Students Pair Up with Creative Pro’s through Adobe ico-D Mentorships (9 June 2015 Adobe)


    In 2013, ico-D developed the Adobe ico-D Mentorship program and has been offering it to students worldwide in partnership with the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

    The Mentorship program aims to discover and nurture new design voices by facilitating a unique form of creative engagement. By pairing international experts with design students, craft, practice and polish is passed on to developing designers.

    In addition, the singular point of view of young designers influences, and perhaps challenges, the practicing professional in what is a meaningful and creative exchange for both.

    The program consists of two facets: The "5-5-5 mentorship" and the "portfolio review". The 5-5-5 runs over 5 months and includes 5 meetings between the mentor and mentee that deal with 5 topics whereas the portfolio review is about giving a student feedback on their body of work. All mentorships can be conducted remotely but we try to organise in person mentorships as often as possible.

  • Mentorship Showcase

    See the results of a mentor/mentee collaboration, a video titled "Decrypt". Mentor: Lilit Hayrapetyan. Students: Peter Clark + Yeojin Shin + Daniel Uribe.
  • Mentorship Video

    See the 2016/2017 Adobe ico-D Mentorship video