When it was conceived, The Legends of Creature Design Scholarship was given in partnership with legendary, 7-time Oscar-winning makeup and effects artist, Rick Baker, who personally selected winners to receive a ten thousand dollar scholarship in tuition credit. We’ve since had the pleasure of having Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero of KNB EFX helm the scholarship. This year, the torch has been passed to the Academy Award winning creature fx and makeup design studio of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc ! Their amazing credits include It, The Predator, Aliens v Predator, Logan, Harbinger Down, Fire City: End of Days, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, X-Men: First Class, Spider-Man (1, 2 and 3), Tremors, Alien 3, Death Becomes Her and so many more!



Winner will be awarded a $10,000 USD tuition scholarship!
Applications close October 31st, 2019



Applicants to the Scholarship submit a single, original creature design. Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. will personally select the finalists and winner, based on those who demonstrate the greatest combination of technical skill, creativity, and sense of character.Entrants should prepare:

  • Up to eight (8) images showing one (1) original creature design, including both the finished design and the work done to arrive at the final design. Creature design can be in the medium of the entrant’s choice (sculpture, drawing, painting, or digital).
  • A description of the creature’s origins or backstory and how the design incorporates the origin or backstory.

The deadline for 2019 entries will be October 31st, 2019  at 12:00 Noon, Pacific Standard Time.

Be sure to read our full rules for more details, and follow us on Instagram for announcements. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

*This scholarship is for Cinema Makeup School credit only and has zero cash value. Monetary credits can be used towards unpaid tuition only. Moreover, the award cannot be used retroactively, even if the awardee has not completed his or her education.