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Groups Beta - Launched

  • Connect with deviants that share your interests and passions.
  • Increase your status in the deviantART community.
  • Organize and administrate classes of members.
  • Updated Message Center with new "stacked" deviations to enhance Groups communication and declutter your deviantWATCH.
  • Exclusive Admin Area available only to group administrators.
  • Groups-enabled deviation submission system, allowing for proper artist credit and ease of use.
  • Freshly designed widget editor that allows for drag and drop customization of pages.
  • Collaborative blogging abilities and tools to plan deviantMEETS.

Creating the world's largest art community has its challenges. Each day we gain 10,000 new deviants and 100,000 new works of art. With so much to see and do, it's easy to get overwhelmed.

Think about it. Every day you enter the metropolis of deviantART. It's a booming city, with lots of hustle and bustle. The streets are lined with deviations all begging for your attention, with deviants standing by hoping that you'd stop and take the time to comment.

Some days you buzz around the city chatting, uploading; you're in high gear… but, on other days you want a quiet place, away from the bustle. A home where you can chill out with other deviants just like you; folks that love the same art, speak your language and are willing to share their deepest artistic secrets with you, in private. But, that place on deviantART did not exist... Until now!


Whether you want to start your own group, or simply join a group, Groups will surely enhance your deviantART experience. When you make a group, you get the perks that a manager of any organization would have: you establish the group's mission and lead its charge by recruiting an administrative class and setting member privileges. When you join a group, you build friendships and better your art with deviants that hold the same interests and passions as you.


We've made the process as simple as possible for you. Just click one of the buttons below to get started.

Make A Group Find A Group

Since we began testing Groups, over 20,000 groups have been created with over 800,000 deviants participating.

Here are some examples:

digital-artists #digital-artists Digital Art
resurgere #resurgere Resources and Tutorials
Game-Art #Game-Art Art Creation
SydneySyders #SydneySyders deviantMEETS
GetWatchers #GetWatchers deviantART Related

To find a Group to join, check out the Groups Directory.

What is a Super Group?

Super Groups include all the wonderful features of Groups, PLUS:

  • The ability to skin Blogs.
  • A highlight in the Groups Directory to increase visibility in the community.
  • The ability to choose between three special layouts and customize applications.
More Info on Super Groups

~Nemonus: "Groups makes it easier than ever before to get deviations you know will interest you straight to your inbox, like searching simplified."

*FlamieKitten: "Running a group is a lot of fun. My members are so nice to interact with and, as a founder, I find that my days on dA are never dull… as I always have something to do, reply to, accept, deny, blog, and improve."

$electricnet: "Groups has raised my activity level on dA by a factor of over 9000!"

=Exillior: "Groups is simply revolutionary. DA has always been a solid community, but I've found community spirit growing even stronger with Groups. It's made it easier for us to connect, not just over art, but over a specific part of art that we have in common with others."

`DEVlANT: "It's great how the community has been allowed to influence the development of Groups and the way it has adapted to suit the needs of those who use it."

Before we launch you into the wild of Groups-wonderfulness, here are a few important mentions on how Groups work:

All deviants can be an administrator in up to three groups.
Premium Members can be an administrator in up to ten. Why?

Administrating a group is fun, but it requires commitment. The group relies heavily on the function of the administrators to approve deviations, post blogs, invite and vote on new members and keep the group from going into decay. The community told us that given the large responsibility of administrators in group life, administrators will appreciate having a three group limit, so they don't over commit themselves. For those admins who want to go balls-out and admin more than three groups, they have the option to admin up to ten groups if they have a Premium Membership.

Each group has two distinct social classes: Administrators and Members.

Like the whole of deviantART, each group was designed to have a social hierarchy with different layers of deviants with different privileges. Some deviants will be able to edit content, manage Admin-only forums, and review contributed deviations. Others will be able to hover outside the group, actively watching activity from their message centers.

Social classes:

  1. Administration
    1. Founder
    2. Co-Founder
    3. Moderators (Super Group only)
    4. Contributors
  2. Members

The Administration class is responsible for setting up the group, managing the group, reviewing submitted content, and setting member privileges. The Admins rule the roost, so to speak. Some of the additional Admin perks include accessing the Admin Area and receiving Groups activity within NEW admin Message Center folders.

The Members class consists of fans of the group and can contribute content, but can't manage members, moderate or access the Admin Area. Unlike the Admin class which has a restriction on its size (any one group can not have more than 99 admins), the Members class is unlimited; a group can have an unlimited number of deviants in its Members class.

The Watchers class, similar to that outside of Groups, can passively watch a group and will receive group activity in the Message Center. A group can have an unlimited amount of Watchers.



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M-102 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I made my own group called RolePlayersUnite.
gaolin20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
maybe you can find answers here:
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00adam Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
although this news is a bit old at the time of writing this comment i have been away from the site for a while and this is my first visit back so i thought i'd check out all the latest information about the state of the site.

i remember a while back. sometime last year or maybe even the year before last, when i was last active on this site, getting all excited about the prospects of what groups would do to enhance the experience of deviantART.

first off love the video embedded in this post, informative and well produced. Good to see $spyed talking about it as well showing that deviantART is joining in with the ever more popular...get the faces of the people who run the place known
and this is no bad thing
puler Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Just settled a group.
Thank you deviantART! Now I can also develope my webpage. :woohoo:
whitewolf89 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
I absolutely LOVE these! So MUCH, in fact, that I JUST started one for/dedicated to Raphael of the TMNT!

So WHOEVER thought of this wondeRful idea, THANK YOU!!!:D:D:D:D:D
alanmadeira Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
meivy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
wow wow wow
banananotenko Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o Ao miau
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GAZAMDA Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Artist
Great page design this Groups news item!
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