Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF)

GAERF Launches 2012 Student Design Competition

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition, themed "Why Hire Me?"  This fourth annual contest challenges participants to demonstrate their creativity and skill by creating a marketing campaign that positions themselves as the ideal candidate for a career they select in the graphic communications industry.

Each student will create a campaign to sell themselves in their selected career by developing an overall message with text and graphics designed to outdistance the competition and make their candidacy compelling to a potential employer.

The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/ printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day, all-inclusive paid trip to attend GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, IL. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 2012's Career Awareness Day, October 10, 2012.  Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winners will receive $1,000.

"GAERF is proud to continue its commitment to supporting education initiatives by encouraging creativity and self-expression in students through the art of design and production," said GAERF President Ralph Nappi. "This competition will serve to recognize our best and brightest students, as well as the significant commitment of their instructors."

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