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ADG Launches 2nd Annual Apprentice Training Program


LR-ADG Logo2-emailLR-ADG Logo2The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) is calling for applicants for its second annual apprentice training program designed to develop and prepare new talent for the art and craft of production design.

The guild sent out messages to a wide number of colleges, universities and recent graduates. Invitations for interviews will be sent to 10 finalists, with the top three selected to participate in the program.

“This is intended to give the best and most talented aspiring designers a direct access to professional training and guild membership. We consider this an essential service to the participants, profession and our industry,” the Guild said in a release.

Each selected applicant will be mentored by working production designers and art directors, and will be exposed to a wide range of workplace experiences – feature, episodic, commercials, reality shows, live events and theme parks. This is a national program intended to cover the ADG’s jurisdiction, which encompasses all 50 states. The trainees will be required to work 260 days, and pending their successful mentorship review, will be invited to join the ADG as assistant art directors.

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