What Can I Gain by Entering the Competition?

Your entry will be viewed by hundreds professional model makers around the world. Many hiring managers and company directors follow the APMM and use it to assess the ability and talent among recent-graduates and soon-to-graduate students.


APMM awards prizes of $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. 

Each winner will also win free registration to the next ‘real world’ APMM conference and a certificate of merit. As a competition winner, photos of your model and information about you will be featured on the APMM website following the competition, and in ‘The Last Detail’, the association’s newsletter. Images of your winning project will be also be permanently included in the Art Hedlund Student Model Making Competition archives, hosted on APMM's website.

What are the Official Rules and Guidelines?

Student(s) enrolled in college-level curriculum at an accredited university or college must have completed the model during their course of study within the past 18 months. Student(s) must be enrolled on a program of study that is recognized, by the board of the APMM, as being sufficiently focused on preparing students to join the professional model making, prototyping and effects industries. (Please contact us if you are unsure whether your program qualifies at [email protected])

Guidelines for submissions will be published on the @modelmakersorg Instagram channel, along with important dates and advice for how to make the most of your entry.

What else should I know?

If you decide to attend a ‘real world’ conference in the future, you can take part in two days of hands-on and demonstration workshops and presentations alongside professionals in the field. We will also host a series of portfolio review sessions for you to have your education/training, experience, and projects reviewed by professionals in your chosen field or concentration.

There is a cost associated with attending the conference, but as a student your registration rate, which includes some meals during the event, is just $250 (professionals pay $650) and even that amount can be reduced further if you qualify for a scholarship or can work as an assistant at the conference.

Contact Samanthi Martinez at [email protected] for more details on scholarship availability.