2009 Design Scholarship Challenge Announced

CHICAGO, April 29, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Aspiring graphic designers have until June 8 to submit entries to the "2009 Design Scholarship Challenge" to compete for the national prize, an opportunity to work with DC Comics on an upcoming marketing campaign for "Absolute Justice" and a $25,000 tuition scholarship to one of the sponsoring design schools.

Hopefuls should submit entries to one of the schools which are: the 11 International Academy of Design & Technology (Academy) campuses, located in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas, Online Campus, Orlando, Sacramento, San Antonio, Schaumburg (IL), Seattle, Nashville, and Tampa; as well as Brooks Institute, Brown College, Collins College, and Harrington College of Design.

The first round of judging will be conducted by a panel of faculty and employees at each local campus and winners will be selected by June 19, 2009. The final round will be conducted by a national panel including representatives from DC Comics. The National Winner will be announced in July at San Diego Comic-Con 2009.

"A local winner will be selected from each campus and all 15 will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship to the sponsoring school of their choice plus a three-day, two-night expense-paid trip to San Diego to attend Comic-Con 2009 where the national winner will be named and will receive an additional $20,000 tuition scholarship to the sponsoring school of their choice," said Tom McNamara, senior vice president, Art & Design group of Career Education Corporation. "This is an opportunity to experience the real world of graphic design with all of its challenges. The entry requirements are demanding, but the rewards will jump start the education and future careers of several talented students."

The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who will graduate from high school or receive a GED between January 1, 2006 and July 31, 2010. The contest application, along with detailed instructions is available at www.visualdiner.com. See rules for full eligibility requirements. Void where prohibited.

Participants must submit original designs for a print and an online advertisement for the "Absolute Justice" graphic novel, full of some of the most popular DC Comic characters, along with a completed detail sheet which includes a short inspiration statement. Local winners will receive a second creative brief and specifications for an as yet-to-be released DC Comics publication and must present a second set of a print and an online advertisement to a panel of judges at Comic-Con 2009.

In addition to the finished print and online advertisements, local winners must also submit a binder on their design process including a written summary of people contacted for information about the project and the advice they provided, sketches, illustrations, photographs or digital images of the project as it evolved from concept to completion, a summary of influences on your entry and a written summary of your overall concept.

"This is more than a scholarship competition," McNamara said. "It’s an opportunity to gain experience and exposure in the world of graphic design and to test your hand in a rewarding and exciting line of work."

All schools participating in the contest are part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools, including: International Academy of Design and Technology; Brooks Institute; Brown College; Collins College; and Harrington College of Design. (Market Watch)

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