Students Pair Up with Creative Pro’s through Adobe ico-D Mentorships


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.

Adobe Education has partnered with ico-D, International Council of Design to develop the Adobe ico-D Mentorship Program and seek out the most dynamic creative experts to serve as mentors for students merging into the professional arena. Mentors provide selected students with portfolio development, career guidance or opportunity for future collaborations, regardless of whether the students’ projects are selected for placement in the ADAA contest.

In 2014, the program received 374 applications from students living in 44 countries around the world. Student Boris Pramatarov was mentored by Jay Taylor, illustrator and Course Director for Fine Art and Illustration at Coventry University in the United Kingdom.

Illustration by Boris Pramatarov, student of Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten

Illustration by Boris Pramatarov, student of Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten

Originally from Bulgaria, Boris is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree at Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Ghent, Belgium. Through dialogue and collaboration with mentor Jay Taylor, Boris produced a series of illustrations themed on man versus beast. As a result of this shared creative process, Boris’ detailed compositions evolved into introspective graphic explorations of his innermost fears, serving to overcome while furthering his career.

“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 Adobe ico-D Mentorship Program.

The 2015 Adobe ico-D Mentorship program is currently accepting student applications for mentorship or portfolio review. Selected students will be paired with a design professional of similar creative discipline.

The deadline to apply for mentorship is June 19, 2015. Applications may be submitted through the Adobe Design Achievement Awards contest website upon completion of a single contest entry. For more information on the Adobe Ico-D Mentorship Program visit:

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