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Applied Arts Student Awards 2018 – International Competition

Open worldwide to post-secondary and high school students in creative advertising, graphic design, interactive media, photography and illustration programs, the Applied Arts Student Awards is the largest and most respected show of its kind in North America.

Applied Arts is a highly-regarded visual communications magazine founded in 1986 in Canada.

Winning an Applied Arts Student Award is a great way to launch your career. Your submissions will be judged by a jury of 12 award-winning senior communications professionals, so you’ll know how your work stands up according to the highest standards in the industry.

What makes Applied Arts Awards unique is that winners are not ranked against each other. Each entry is judged individually and independently by each jury member. Work is given a score of 1 to 10, and all pieces that are judged to be at or above the cut-off score will be published as winners in the Awards Annual.

All entries are submitted digitally. There are no hard copy submissions.

Entries can be submitted in five (5) main categories:

  • Advertising
  • Design
  • Interactive/Gaming
  • Photography & Illustration
  • High School


Open worldwide to post-secondary and high school students. High school students may only apply to the High School categories. The rest of the categories are for post-secondary students.

Any work completed as a school requirement or work completed independently during the course of your studies is eligible for entry. And even if you graduated within the last year and the work that you are interested in submitting to the Student Awards 2018 was not submitted to last year’s Student Awards, then you are still eligible to enter. Instructors can make group submission on behalf of their students.

You retain all rights of your images.

Prizes for 2018

Winners receive:

  • Their work published in print in the Fall 2018 Awards Annual
  • A complimentary copy of the Fall 2018 Awards Annual
  • Their work published on in the Winners’ Gallery and Awards Archive
  • Digital tear sheets of their work
  • Their work displayed at related Applied Arts events attended by Applied Arts’ network of creative professionals
  • A personalized, embossed awards certificate for every winning entry signed by noted designer Georges Haroutiun, the founder of Applied Arts

All entrants will be notified in July 2018 via email. At that time, those selected as winning entrants will be required to submit high-res digital files for reproduction in the Student Awards Annual. Winners’ certificates will be mailed separately after the Student annual is published.

Applied Arts Student Awards 2018 – Fees

  • Advertising, Design, Photography, Illustration
    • Single: $30
    • Series: $40
    • Campaign: $45
  • Interactive
    • Single: $40
    • Campaign: $45
  • High School
    • Single/Series: $20