Snap Lens Academy 2023

Remote /
Snap Lens Academy /
/ Remote
The Snap Academies are nine week, summer educational programs for community college students hosted by Snap Inc., the makers of Snapchat. If accepted, you’ll get the opportunity to
+ Learn from Snap Inc. team members
+ Participate in guest speaker sessions and interactive workshops with Snap team members 
+ Connect one-on-one with Snap mentors
+ Develop a portfolio and network
+ Refine your professional skills

Quick Facts:
+ Receive an academy scholarship to develop your skills!
+ Designed for community college (or recent transfer) students
+ Spend Monday - Friday learning from June 20, 2023 to August 16, 2023
+ Snap Lens Academy is held virtually via Zoom
+ 15 Scholars per Snap Academy

Our Snap Lens Academy is looking to build a cohort of 15 aspirational students with solid professional experience in 2D design software and creative design development (including but not limited to illustrations, 2D and 3D assets, Snap Lenses, graphics, mock-ups, videos, etc.). Experience with or exposure to 3D design software and Javascript or any other programming language is a huge plus. This academy will provide scholars with the opportunity to participate in custom, technical workshops, fireside chats, and receive mentorship from Snap Inc. team members.

If you’re passionate about learning, then we’re talking to you!

What you'll do:

    • Use core Lens Studio capabilities to make your Lens concepts into reality
    • Prepare assets (2D, 3D, audio, multimedia) for import into Lens Studio in the appropriate format and accompanying software (Illustrator, Blender, etc.)
    • Incorporate the design thinking process to plan and iterate the Lens experience from the user’s perspective
    • Articulate your own creative artistic expression, its relationship to technical execution, and the inherent tension between expression and execution
    • Serve as a Snap Academy ambassador for future cohorts!

Our ideal Academy Scholar cohort member is:

    • 18 years of age or older
    • Aligned with Snap Inc.’s mission, values and voice. Learn more at
    • Demonstrates expertise with at least one 2D design software (Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Procreate, Inkscape, etc.)
    • Open to sharing examples of their creative designs (including but not limited to illustrations, 2D and 3D assets, Snap Lenses, graphics, mock-ups, videos, etc.)
    • A creative with a passion for design and augmented reality
    • Enthusiastic about furthering their communication skills
    • Passionate about learning with a  growth-oriented mindset
    • A curious mind that loves to ask questions while understanding the value of deep listening 

It's a bonus if you have:

    • Experience  with 3D design software (Maya, Blender, Qlone, SolidWorks, Unity, etc.
    • Experience with or exposure to interactive elements in design through coursework, job settings, personal projects, or online courses
    • Dabbled in Javascript or any other programming language where you have a basic understanding of code (don’t need to be an expert)