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GDMA: Our Students

Our students make our world go 'round! They are driven, curious, critical-thinkers who come to us from as near as our local community of Richmond to far-flung places like Brazil and Australia. They are all connected in their pursuit of graphic design excellence and a need to understand and master the art and skill of graphic design within the real-world context of the marketplace. We are constantly amazed by their perspectives, ideas and skill! 

Collaboration is a key component of our program. We often will host fun and challenging team events for our students to connect with each other, from across all program years. A first year student will have a chance to meet students from third and fourth year, and so on. Our Start-Up events are held at the beginning of the year and are always memorable events!

2019 Graphic Design Start-Up


Student Work

Below you'll find a selection of some incredible projects our students have produced in the past year. Our innovative curriculum includes a broad range of project work through all four years of the Graphic Design for Marketing program, including:

  • Web and integrated media design
  • Information and publication design
  • Packaging and display design
  • Corporate communications, branding and advertising design
  • UX/UI research, prototyping and design

Graphic Design: Student Project Highlights


Student Awards

Our students have been recognized with awards from notable bodies such as Adobe, Applied Arts Magazine, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).

Graphic Design Student Award Projects

Melissa Fraser, 4th Year
Folkhaus Brewery: The Ale Tales (Limited Edition Beer Series)
Top Talent, 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (Category: Print/Graphic)
Winner, Applied Arts Student Awards 2019 (Category: Packaging Design)

Julianne Herbert, 4th Year
Folkhouse Brewery: Founding Fathers (Limited Edition Beer Series)
Winner, Applied Arts Student Awards 2019 (Category: Packaging Design)

Liam Kennedy, 3rd Year
No Country for Old Men - Cover Design
Winner, Applied Arts Student Awards 2019 (Category: Editorial Design)

Sarah Kraft, 4th Year
Saver: Meal Planning App
Honourable Mention, 2019 Salazar Awards (Category: Interactive)

I-Chen Hsu, 2019 Graduate
Folkhouse Brewery: New Icons (Limited Edition Beer Series)
Winner, Applied Arts Student Awards 2018 (Category: Packaging Design)

Hannah Friesen, 2018 Graduate
Pick Your Poison - Brand Identity / Packaging
Winner, Applied Arts Student Awards 2018 (Category: Design)
Burt's Bees Rebrand
Finalist, Salazar Awards 2018 (Category: Brand Identity)

Mackenzie Gooch, 2018 Graduate
Gutless Vegan Butcher Shop - Branding
Winner, 2017 Jim Rimmer Community Scholarship for Design
Winner, 2018 RGD Student Awards Program - q30 Design Award for Brand Design
Honourable Mention, 2018 RGD Student Awards Program - Gravity Award for Social Good Design
Honourable Mention, 2018 Salazar Awards (Category: Print Design)

Dustin Matos, 2018 Graduate
LVLCAP Gaming Blog
Winner, 2018 RGD Student Awards Program - Studio123 Award for Visual Web Design

Ashbel Ong, 2017 Graduate
Caribou Coffee - Branding
Winner, 2017 RGD Student Awards Program - Mosaic Award for Story-telling
Honourable Mention - 2017 RGD Student Awards Program - q30 Design Award for Brand Design