how does it work?

For this very first online edition of The Art Department, we’ve set up portfolio reviews by UbisoftILM, Riot Games, Axis Studios, CD Projekt Red, Bo Zonneveld and Ka-Ching. All portfolio reviews will be held through Whereby. How does it work and how can you apply?

Update 10 April – Application is closed!

You could apply for a portfolio review during Playgrounds Online Fest #1 – The Art Department from Tuesday 7 April 9.00 until Thursday 9 April 24.00 (GMT +2). Applications after Thursday 24.00 (GMT +2) will not be considered.

To ensure that we can make the right match between people and studios, all applications will be checked first by members from the Playgrounds and Firestarter Magazine team. Filling out this form does not mean you have secured a portfolio review just yet.

We will notify you via e-mail whether your portfolio has been selected for a review before the 14th of April.


  • We only accept online portfolios such as websites, ArtStation etc. All other files send via e-mail or otherwise, will not be taken into consideration.
  • Filling out this form does not ensure you get a time slot with your artist of choice. Once your portfolio has been accepted by our team, you’ll receive a separate e-mail with a link to choose a time slot and pay a deposit. Only once the deposit has been paid, we can confirm your time slot.
  • Due to limited time slots and high demand we only allow one review per person. If Playgrounds notices that you are attending more than one review, your deposit + booking fees will be retained.


Only when your portfolio is selected for a portfolio review, we ask you to pay a €25 deposit + €2,50 booking fee. The deposit will be refunded in 5-10 business days (depending on your bank) after the review has taken place. If, for any reason, you do not show up on time for your review or cancel the review within 48h prior to the appointment, your deposit will be retained. Booking fees cannot be refunded, so this means that the costs for a review are €2,50.

Our payment methods are:
– Creditcard

Please note that all times mentioned below are in Amsterdam time zone (GMT +2). All rights reserved – program tentative to change.

16 April 2020
17:00h – 18:00h – Ka-Ching
18:05h – 19:05h – Pablo Dominguez, concept artist at Industrial Light & Magic
19:10h – 20:10h – Marek Madej & Furio Tedeschi working for CD Projekt Red

20:40h – 21:40h  – Ubisoft, Cristian Chihaia
21:45h – 22:45h –  Axis Studios, James Hodgart (RECRUITMENT)
22:50h – 23:50h – Bo Zonneveld

17 April 2020
00:05h – 01:05h – Riot Games, Adam Kupratis

For any questions concerning this form, please send an email to