Design Students Win Big in Spring 2020

Last spring the world found itself in a terrible place, but there was plenty of good happening amidst the chaos. Some of that good can be found in the countless accolades won by our graphic design students in what would be a record setting year. Students in the program competed in local, regional, and national competitions. These competitions which help give the students confidence and affirmation of a stellar education also helps them to attain much needed exposure to design firms and agencies in an increasingly competitive industry.

Students from the Graphic Design Program in the SPVA would win over 60+ awards in the local and district level of the Addy Awards sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. The merit-based Addy Awards are the nation’s largest design and advertising competition. Students placing in the local phase of the competition move forward to the district level, where they compete with works from across several states for the opportunity to compete at the national level.  

The work of 5 students was also selected for entry into the National Student Show and Conference (NSSC) hosted by the Dallas Society of Visual Communications. As one of the most prestigious competitions in the country the NSSC also boasts the largest conference of its kind for design students. Some of the design industry’s greatest champions of both past and present are selected as show judges and keynote speakers. 

Six students have also been recognized by Creative Quarterly, which is “an international journal focusing on promoting the best work in graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art.” Four student entries placed first and will be published in the Creative Quarterly #60 while another 3 entries were selected as runner-up and will be published in the online gallery this Fall. 

For more information about our graphic design program please visit: usm.edu/visual-arts

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