Blast off with Spreadshirt Star Academy

Blast off with Spreadshirt Star Academy

Get ready for Spreadshirt Star Academy, our new program for cranking up sales on the Marketplace. You’ll get lots of benefits and opportunities, so you can become a star in a sky of designs. The countdown is on!

Spreadshirt Star Academy fuels your success

In the next few weeks, we’re going to ignite the engines of Spreadshirt Star Academy, and we’re happy to have you on board. You’ll be awarded a star class based on your sales history, the quality and relevance of your designs. There are five different star classes, each unlocking their own unique perks. No matter the star class you start in, we’ll support you in marketing your designs. As your design quality and sales improve, you’re upgraded to a new star class and can expect more benefits! Our mission is to equip you with the resources to drive sales, create fantastic designs and become the brightest star in the sky.

Our joint mission

Currently, 140,000 designs are published on our platforms every week. That’s a lot of designs! Spreadshirt Star Academy ensures your customers will find what they’re looking for: your best designs on the Marketplace. This program rewards Designers who create high-quality designs and relevant content with good sales numbers to match.

Out of this world Designer benefits

As you make your journey through the galaxies, you’ll gain access to advantages that will help you sell more. Whether you’re in Star Class 1 or Star Class 5—we’ve got something for you!

  • Spreadshirt campaigns: We’ll feature your designs in our newsletter, social accounts, on the Spreadshirt Marketplace or on external marketplaces.
  • Instant publishing: Your designs are available for sale on the Marketplace minutes after publishing them.
  • International publishing: Sell your internationally suitable designs on all languages and domains of your platform.
  • Publishing limit: A maximum number of designs you can publish in your star class on the Marketplace. The publishing limit is independent of the upload limit.
  • FanArt program: Soon after the start of Spreadshirt Star Academy – and depending on your star class – you will have access to the official brands of our licensed partners. Use brands like “Smiley” and others to create your own designs. It’s completely legit and free of charge. We will inform you as soon as the program starts.

 If you are new to Spreadshirt, we’ll support you with the Starter Package. As a Starter, you will receive exclusive tips for success that are tailored to your current situation. As soon as you have published 10 designs, we’ll check the quality and relevance of the designs so we can award you a new, higher star class. Opportunity awaits!

Shoot for the stars – unlocking your star class

Your star class is determined by your total sales, design quality, design relevance and rejection rate. For the higher star classes, you’ll need either 100 sales once or 5 truly special, unique and original designs classified as relevant by our design team. Our design experts consider a design relevant if it positively stands out from the crowd. If you’re performing well, you can skip one or more star class right away.

And no worries – you won’t lose you current star class if you put things on cruise control for a while. Spreadshirt Star Academy knows only one direction: upwards. The only exception to this is if you become lost in space.

Lost in Space (there’s no air out here!)

We generally review the number of designs that have been rejected based on our guidelines. If too many of your designs have been rejected, your status could change to “Lost in Space.” You can find more about what this means for your star class benefits and future opportunities here.

Standby for take off

Spreadshirt Star Academy was developed together with several Marketplace Designers and beta tests. Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received along the way:

“I think this initiative is awesome, I’ve had the feeling that probably every Designer has: I’m making high-quality content and my designs can’t be found easily, so I’m not selling as much.”

“I always try to make something high-quality and independently, but I just can’t get ahead in a crowd of designs. That’s why I think the initiative is good, because there is more focus on quality and that will make my designs more visible.”

As you can see, Spreadshirt Star Academy is a team effort, and we’re happy that you’re a part of it! You can experience Spreadshirt Star Academy for yourself in the next weeks to come!

In the meantime, check out our Star Academy Q&A, and if you have any other questions let us know in the forum or comments below.

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  1. I totally new in spreadshirt europe. And i am excited to this. Wish me luck
    Keep designing everyone… 🙂

  2. what the heck is a ‘relevant’ design anyway?…and relevant to what?
    Maybe this is just a lost in translation scenario, but whatever ‘relevant designs’ means in this instance, apparently I haven’t got 5 of them!

    I don’t know what’s worse – not having 5 ‘relevant designs’ or not even knowing what a ‘relevant design’ is in the first place.

    yours befuddeldly,

    • Hi Steve,
      So “relevant designs” are designs that stand out, are very original and created with a lot of care and quality in the eyes of our MP Design Team.
      If you haven’t got 5 yet it doesn’t mean you got none. Just keep going and creating great stuff, the you’ll be in the next star class in no time.

      Best of wishes,


  3. Excelente iniciativa, espero el comienzo de este proyecto, he trabajado bastante y he mejorado mucho en cuanto a la publicación de mis diseños, también me motiva ver que mis diseño han gustado, pondré mas interés de aprender para mejorar en mis diseño. Gracias Spreadshirt por permitirme ser parte de ustedes.

    • Hola Narvelic,

      gracias por sus comentarios. Estamos deseando ver sus futuros diseños.

      Saludos cordiales

  4. Hello,

    When will this project start? And do we get informed in what star class we will be starting, is that by email or how do we see that?

    • Hello Barry,

      Spreadshirt Star Academy will be starting in the next couple of weeks. I can’t give a concrete date yet. We will inform you via email about the start and you will see your star class on the dashboard in your partner area.


    • Ok thank you.

      Sandra, those 100 sales , is that ment in a certain period ? Or your based on your total sales all time?


    • Hello Barry,

      you only need 100 sales overall regardless on how many designs you uploaded. There wont be any timeframe for those sales.


  5. I read that to get access to class 5 you need 100 sales and 5 relevant designs. But since you need 5 relevant designs to access class 3 and 100 sales to access class 4, once you reach class 4 you already have the requirements for being upgraded to class 5, or am I wrong?

    • Hi Simo,

      You don´t have to go through all of the star classes on after another. If you’re performing well, you can skip one or more star class right away.


  6. Shame – punishing starters by limiting their output – while being pushed further down the lists behind the more prolific shops.

    Not much incentive to get better and list more – may have to think about moving sites!

    Unless of course, you plan to charge them more…?

    • Hi James,

      The Starters (Star Class 1) does not have a publishing limit. For this class the first 10 published designs will be evaluated, so we can award the designer with a new, higher star class. Furthermore, Spreadshirt Star Academy only applies to your activities on the Spreadshirt Marketplace. It has no influence on the designs you offer in your Spreadshop.


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