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January 26, 2016 /Member Stories /

Applications for the Creative Residency 2016-2017 Are Open

It’s been an exciting year for the Creative Residency. Kelli Anderson and Becky Simpson, our first residents, have blown us away with their continual learning and growth. Their compelling work has set a high bar for the next batch of residents — for whom we’re about to begin our search.

Could one of the 2016 Residents be you? The Creative Residency offers you a year to work on your creative passion project without distractions. As a Resident, you’ll receive a full salary and health benefits along with access to tools and mentorship to guide you along the way.

We’re looking for artists and designers whose work primarily centers on photography, graphic design, typography, illustration or video. Take a look at Becky and Kellis projects (and check out their blog posts) to get an idea of what the residency is like. You’ll spend your year creating and sharing, with travel to events around the country where you’ll meet others who are actively learning from your own open process. Our creative network is huge, and we play an active role supporting it; we can’t wait to welcome you to it and hear your voice.

Fast Company event with Kelli 9 copy

The project proposal portion of the application is where we want to hear all about your idea. In 2-4 pages, tell us what you have in mind, and how you would bring it to life during your year in residency. Include sketches, modeling the potential look and feel of your project. Tell us how you’ll share it with others during the program.

Once you’ve crafted your proposal, send everything our way on the application page. We’ll be accepting submissions through February 29.

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

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  • By nandu kumar - 10:51 AM on January 26, 2016  

    where is apply link

    • By Pollyanna - 12:59 PM on January 26, 2016  

      Hi Nandu, the link is located at the end of the blog where it says “Once you’ve crafted your proposal, send everything our way on the application page.” Here is the link:

  • By Alexandra - 7:04 PM on January 26, 2016  

    This is so cool! Couldn’t find info on deadline for submitting, though. Can you please point me in the right direction?

    • By Pollyanna - 7:18 PM on January 26, 2016  

      Hey Alexandra, as the blog says above (towards the bottom), we will be accepting submissions through February 29. Best of luck!

  • By James Brown - 5:38 AM on January 27, 2016  

    Hey there do you have to be based in the USA to apply? Thanks James Brown

    • By Pollyanna - 8:52 AM on January 27, 2016  

      Hi James, yes, residents need to live in the United States.

      • By Bo - 10:46 AM on January 27, 2016  

        I am based in Canada but love everything about this do you have any space for Canadian residence or have a similar program based in Canada?
        Thanks so much!

        • By Libby - 3:15 PM on February 3, 2016  

          Hi Bo,

          At this time we do not have a similar program in Canada but we are expecting to open up the residency internationally in 2017.


  • By Christina - 8:00 AM on January 27, 2016  

    Can you apply if you have already started the project?

  • By Katharine (Kat) Gilbert - 11:07 AM on January 27, 2016  

    My search for creative expression continues as each Adobe applications opens so many doors. Many, many paths available to the creative mind- selection is hard as one leads to another and another.

  • By Dylan - 1:40 PM on January 27, 2016  

    Do you require the project to be completed within the year? Would Adobe accept a project idea that realistically has a multi-year timeline, but could hugely benefit from a year of residency?

    • By Libby - 12:29 PM on January 29, 2016  

      Hi Dylan,

      The goal is for you to complete the project with the year of the residency. There may be a way to propose a portion of your project which can be completed within a year. Remember to read all the requirements of the proposal on our webpage. (


      • By Dylan - 2:26 PM on January 29, 2016  

        Thank you!

  • By Jaana - 1:08 AM on January 30, 2016  

    I´m living in Scandinavia, can I apply for the residence? Is there any age limit/preference?

  • By Jonathan - 9:43 PM on February 3, 2016  


    THANK YOU for this AMAZING opportunity!!!!

    Question: Is the residency open to multi-disciplinary artists? My project marries performing, gaming, filming and graphic arts. I’d LOVE to apply!!!

  • By Heather Hardison - 7:34 PM on February 7, 2016  

    Hello! Will the resident work from their personal studio or will they relocate to the adobe office?

  • By Melissa Lynn - 6:13 PM on February 8, 2016  

    Hi, Is there any interest at applying human centered design methodologies in creative ways? For instance, I’m fascinated by service design and how it can improve systems as big as the government and as small as restaurants. The artifacts include service blueprints, customer journey maps, etc. While it’s not quite “photography, graphic design, typography, illustration or video”, it’s incredibly creative in nature. Is this something that would be of interest to the adobe creative community? Thanks.

  • By JoeCorrao - 7:16 PM on February 12, 2016  

    Do I have to be a hipster.

  • By Roman - 9:06 PM on February 15, 2016  

    How many people will be selected?

  • By Melissa - 11:07 AM on February 16, 2016  

    Is it important to have public speaking skills for the events? That part of it is scary!

  • By nandu kumar - 11:23 AM on February 18, 2016  

    how many designer could be selected ?

  • By argelia - 9:57 AM on February 19, 2016  

    Hi, i am from México, can i apply?

  • By Alexis - 8:42 AM on February 22, 2016  

    Does one have to be a design / creative background. I have a project that I’ve been working on, but lack the technical training and experience the current residents have. Are those without a creative background encouraged to apply?

  • By Gabby - 7:37 AM on February 23, 2016  

    Super excited about this!

  • By Angie Pagan - 11:24 AM on February 24, 2016  

    Is there somewhere where we can see what other projects residents have done in the past? I would be very interested to see what people have come up with.. thanks!