Awards and Recognitions

SCAD awards and rankings

SCAD is continually recognized for educational and professional excellence, affirming our commitment to the highest standards of achievement in art and design.


SCAD interior design programs named best in the nation

The SCAD undergraduate and graduate interior design programs have been ranked No. 1 on the list of "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2018" by DesignIntelligence, the publication and rankings body of the Design Futures Council.

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SCAD generates a buzz with victory at College Television Awards

Shasta Ford (M.F.A., film and television, 2017) and Matt Nickley (M.F.A., performing arts, 2016) captured the top honor in the series scripted category at the 2017 College Television Awards with their sitcom "The Buzz."

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The Rookies names SCAD the No. 1 motion graphics school in the world

SCAD was named the top creative school in the world for 2017 for motion graphics by The Rookies, an acclaimed international competition for young creatives that showcases the most talented student designers, illustrators, filmmakers, animators, developers and digital artists.

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SCAD Bees win big at Walt Disney Imagineering's 2018 Imaginations Design Competition

Each year, Walt Disney Imagineering's Imaginations Design Competition seeks the next generation of forward-thinking designers. At the 2018 competition, SCAD students won the first- and second-place awards and were recognized as innovative storytellers and designers.

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Fano named Emerging Graphic Designer of the Year at International Design Awards

SCAD motion media design student Stuart Fano is the International Design Awards’ Emerging Graphic Designer of the Year for his animated infographic explaining the basic tenets of a famous philosophy.

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Choi earns Dockers internship in ARTS THREAD design competition

Selected as one of three finalists in the Levi's x ARTS THREAD Design Competition, SCAD fashion student Keun Il Choi earned a coveted internship at Dockers this summer. The competition, in its second year, asked fashion students from around the world to design a capsule collection around their own version of Levi's Engineered Jeans.

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SCAD students win big at 2018 Student Production Awards

At the 2018 Student Production Awards, also known as the SE Student EMMYs, SCAD students combined to win more than a dozen awards across projects such as commercials, TV shows, short films and more.

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SCAD motion media design students earn honors at PromaxBDA awards

Two SCAD students won awards in the 2018 PromaxBDA Creating What's Next competition, including the program's highest honor — the Jury's Choice Award. The student awards celebrate the next generation of marketing mavens, with students from across the U.S. submitting their work in seven different juried competitions.

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Two SCAD student are Independent Handbag Designer Award winners

Two SCAD students were recognized for their stellar designs at the 2018 Independent Handbag Designer Awards, which highlight the best up-and-coming accessory designers from around the globe each year.

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SCAD advertising students win national award

Two SCAD students took home an award in the American Advertising Awards Student Gold Division for their advertising campaign showcasing high-tech deterrents to drunken driving. The American Advertising Awards recognize the best of advertising from professionals and students around the U.S. each year.

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Zhang earns The One Show/Young Ones Portfolio Competition recognition

SCAD illustration student Haoran Zhang was one of 13 students selected as a Young Ones Portfolio Competition winner. Presented by The One Club for Creativity, The One Show/Young Ones Portfolio Competition honors students from around the world with the best collections of artwork.

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SCAD architecture student wins Lyceum Fellowship

SCAD architecture student Leslie Finnie was named the 2018 Lyceum Fellowship recipient for her design of a Canadian city market. After a juried competition, the Lyceum Fellowship awards an architecture student grants to travel to different countries to explore the intersection of building design and world cultures.

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SCAD team wins Emerging Product Designer of the Year at European Product Design Awards

SCAD students Anja Lukovic, Marino Funakoshi, Natalie Schade, Diana Thomson and Nick Wargo won the top honor for student designers at the European Product Design Awards for their futuristic food truck concept, "Ugli."

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SCAD students win ASID student competition honors and internships

Two SCAD interior design students were chosen alongside six other student winners of the American Society of Interior Designers Student Portfolio Competition, each securing a $2,100 scholarship from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and a coveted internship at global design companies and firms. The ASID Student Portfolio Competition evaluates and awards the best collections of student design projects across the U.S.

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SCAD architecture student named AIA COTE Top Ten for Students winner

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment recognizes professional and student projects that integrate great design and performance, meeting rigorous criteria for social, economic and ecological value. In 2018, SCAD architecture student Austen Goodman was among the honorees for the AIA COTE Top Ten for Students award.

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Two SCAD students earn AIA Georgia top honors

The Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects honors Georgia architects for their design excellence. In 2018, the organization selected two SCAD architecture students for their projects envisioning a new extension of the SCAD Atlanta campus.

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SCAD student earns Ray Greenly Scholarship

Tess Burns (B.F.A. fashion marketing and management) received the 2017 National Retail Federation Ray Greenly Scholarship after competing with undergraduate and graduate students from more than 40 colleges and universities.

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SCAD takes home top honors at UX Awards

SCAD swept the student category at the 2017 UX Awards Summit, which honors innovators of digital products and services.

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SCAD scores high marks at the HOW International Design Awards

SCAD students walked away with top honors at the HOW International Design Awards and will be featured in HOW Magazine’s Spring 2018 issue.

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Model walking runway at Savannah fashion show at scad museum

SCAD graduate fashion programs ranked No. 1 for 2017

London-based The Business of Fashion has recognized the SCAD graduate luxury and fashion management program as No. 1 in the U.S. overall, No. 1 in the world for learning experience, and No. 1 in the U.S. for long-term value. The graduate fashion program was also rated No. 1 in the U.S. for learning experience.

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White goes home with gold from Student Production Awards

The Student Production Awards honored Stephen White (M.A. design management) with a gold award for his entry in the prestigious student competition.

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SCAD mobile app wins 2017 Webby Award

The SCAD mobile app, which made its debut in 2016, took The Webby People’s Voice Award for Mobile Sites & Apps School/University. The app's functionality and superior design carried it to victory in an extremely close vote.

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Brody and McFadden win top honors from PDN Photo Annual

Anna Brody (B.F.A. photography) and Joshua McFadden (M.F.A., photography, 2016) were selected for the Photo District News, or PDN, photo annual.

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Jeffrey Taylor Tibet Woman

Taylor’s fashions inspired by Tibetan women earns IDA Design win

Jeffrey Taylor (B.F.A., fashion, 2016) continues to enjoy success with his Tibetan-themed line of dresses. He followed up his win at the annual Supima Design Competition with another accolade: Emerging Fashion Designer of the Year at the IDA Design Awards for 2016. This is the highest honor awarded to a fashion student or recent fashion graduate by IDA each year.

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School of Fashion’s Sessa wraps up honors at Student Production Awards

Frank Sessa (B.F.A. fashion marketing and management) captured first place honors in the commercial category at the 2017 Student Production Awards, also known as the Student EMMYs. He shared the top spot with fellow Bee Stephen White.

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Five SCAD students capture top honors in 2017 SE Student EMMYs

The 2017 Student Production Awards, also known as the SE Student EMMYs, saw five SCAD film and television students take first place awards in four categories, including fiction and non-fiction genres.

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Rich takes top honor for animation at 2017 SE Student EMMYs

Zach Rich (M.F.A, animation, 2017; B.F.A., animation, 2014) earns a first-place finish for his short tale of a ninja cat trying to satisfy its hunger for a treat from of a vending machine — with an ironic twist at the end.

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Espejo makes an impact with Core77 design

Edgar Espejo's (B.F.A, industrial design, 2016; B.F.A., service design, 2016) use of haptic technology to help deaf students be integrated into mainstream schools earned him the Design for Social Impact Award in the student competition at this year's Core77 Design Awards.

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Garces strikes gold at Student Production Awards

The Student Production Awards tabbed Ivan Fernandez Garces (B.F.A. industrial design) with the top prize in the public service announcement category for his voting-themed effort.

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Taborga wins gold at 2017 Student ADDYs

Isabel Taborga (B.F.A., advertising, 2017) earned a gold award in the national student competition of this year’s American Advertising Awards for her Just for Men entry.

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SCAD furniture students take top prizes at NYCxDESIGN 2017 awards

SCAD students Aaron Atwood (M.F.A. furniture design; B.F.A., painting, 2011) and Yen-Wen Lu (M.A. furniture design) earned top honors in the student competition at the 2017 NYCxDESIGN Awards.

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Six SCAD fashion marketing and management students earn YMA Fashion scholarships for 2017

Six SCAD students each earned $5,000 scholarships from the Young Menswear Association Fashion Scholarship Fund for 2017. The six, who are fashion marketing and management majors, collected the awards at a dinner in New York City.

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SCAD sets new record with 20 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund winners

The Savannah College of Art and Design announced that 20 students from the School of Fashion, including 14 fashion majors, earned scholarships from the Young Menswear Association Fashion Scholarship Fund. The group set a new record for winners from one university.

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SCAD industrial design students win gold award

A team of five SCAD industrial design students created an elegant solution for a pressing problem facing Hong Kong families and society and won a gold award for it at the 2017 European Product Design Awards. The university earned more honors than any other school at the awards competition this year.

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Farstad's Scüp wins gold at 2017 European Product Design Awards

Andre Farstad's (B.F.A. industrial design) unique take on an age-old dilemma earned a gold award at 2017 European Product Design Awards. SCAD captured more honors at the 2017 competition than any other university.

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Lu Pan takes gold at 2017 European Product Design Awards

The jury at the 2017 European Product Design Awards found Lu Pan's (B.F.A. industrial design) innovative design of turning an everyday mirror into a multifunctional tool, worthy of a gold award. SCAD captured more awards at this year's competition than any other university.

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Moore recognized at European Product Design Awards

Cody Moore (B.F.A. industrial design) received a gold award for his updated version of portable speakers at the prestigious 2017 European Product Design Awards in the student category. SCAD earned more honors at the competition than any other university.

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Culinary Coach receives gold award at European Product Design Awards

SCAD industrial design students Jordan Jones, Yulin Liu, Cody Moore, Tom Rouine, Aditi Vyas and Fernando Zeledon brought a view of the future to life with their gold-award-winning entry for the 2017 European Product Design Award: "Culinary Coach."

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Haldewang's "Renascence" named Discovery of the Year

Anna Haldewang's (B.F.A. industrial design) "Renascence," a cutting-edge design of a 300-foot trimaran yacht, not only captured a gold medal in the transportation category, but it was also named the European Product Design Award’s Discovery of the Year, 2017.

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Jiao Tian takes gold award for furniture project

SCAD student Jiao Tian's (M.F.A. industrial design) floating series of living room furniture earned a gold award in the prestigious 2017 European Product Design Awards, student category. SCAD earned more honors at the competition than any other university.

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SCAD students win top honors at 2017 NICHE Awards

Two SCAD jewelry students, Seung Jeon Paik (M.F.A. jewelry and objects) and Maneli Sarmadi (M.F.A., jewelry, 2017), earned first-place honors in the 2017 NICHE Awards in the student category. Paik won for "Union," while Sarmadi took a top honor for "Still Life in Gold No. 1."

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Natalie Imran captures Contract Magazines' Interior Award 2017

Contract Magazine held its 38th Annual Interiors Awards in New York. The competition celebrates great design, honoring works in more than a dozen categories. Natalie Imran (M.Arch, 2016) won the Interiors Awards 2017 student category for "The Masque of the Interior."

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Nisha Patel secures top spot in Healthcare Environment Awards

The Healthcare Environment Awards honor health care interior architecture and design across a range of project types. Nisha Patel (B.F.A., interior design, 2015) took first place for "Life Empowered Healing," an Everglades-inspired pediatric oncology setting. The awards are sponsored by Contract Magazine.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Design Award, established in 1955, documents the most prominent design trends worldwide — from products to communication projects and packaging to design concepts and prototypes. The "Red Dot" is an internationally recognized quality label for excellent design.

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Jeffrey Taylor captures Supima Design victory

For the second consecutive year, a SCAD graduate has won the prestigious Supima Design Competition. Jeffrey Taylor (B.F.A., fashion, 2016) took the honor at the ninth annual competition for his collection, "Tibet Garden," which reflects his intrigue about the coming-of-age period for Tibetan women. SCAD alumna Kate McKenna (B.F.A., fashion, 2015) won the 2015 competition.

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YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

As the largest and oldest scholarship organization serving the needs of the fashion industry, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund seeks to identify and create career opportunities for young people worldwide. 

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YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is the premier educational fashion nonprofit in the U.S. For more than 80 years, the FSF has focused on advancing the fashion industry by encouraging talented, creative young people to pursue careers in the field.

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YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund seeks to advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business, ensuring the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative individuals.

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The Red Dot Award: Design Concept

Established in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award highlights prominent international design trends through annual competitions in the areas of communication design, product design and design concepts.

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Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards

Applied Arts Magazine delivers gorgeous imagery, strong opinion, timely information and essential industry insight to a readership of more than 46,000 creative and marketing professionals.

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NICHE Awards

Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Nearly 2,000 entries are received each year from professional and student craft artists in five categories.

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Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards

Each issue of Applied Arts Magazine celebrates the communication arts community and features authoritative industry insights, as well as professional profiles and beautiful photographs celebrating the best work from Canada and beyond.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Award, an international design competition established in 1955, is aimed at all those who would like to distinguish their business activities through design. Excellent design is selected by competent expert juries in the areas of product design, communication design, and design concepts.

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Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award

Motion Picture Sound Editors, founded in 1953, is dedicated to improving the recognition of the filmmaking community and educating the public on the artistic merit of sound editing.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Design Award, established in 1955, is an internationally recognized quality label for excellent design. From products to communication projects and packaging to design concepts and prototypes, the Red Dot organization documents international design trends.

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Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation's College Television Awards

Founded just one month after network television was born, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is devoted to recognizing excellence through many annual award programs, including the College Television Awards.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Design Award, established in 1955, documents the most prominent design trends worldwide, offering awards in communication design, design concepts and product design.

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Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards

Each issue of Applied Arts Magazine features authoritative insight and opinion on the visual communications industry, and is dedicated to showcasing the best creative work from images to advertising to design.

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The Annie Awards

The Annie Awards, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, recognize animation's biggest and brightest stars.

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Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation's College Television Awards

The Television Academy is the only major organization devoted to the television and broadband screen entertainment industry, and recognizes excellence through many annual awards programs including the Emmy Awards.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Design Award recognizes prominent design trends and highlights the importance of beautiful and functional design for businesses and society. Established in 1955, Red Dot stands for belonging to the best in design, a distinction based on the principle of selection and presentation.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Design Award, an international design competition, showcases the most prominent design trends in the world. The "Red Dot" seal has become an internationally recognized quality label for excellent design.

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Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards

Applied Arts Magazine, Canada's premier magazine of visual communication, showcases the finest in creative achievement. With a readership of more than 46,000 creative and marketing professionals, the awards are a great opportunity to promote work to an audience of the best and brightest.

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The Red Dot Award: Communication Design

The Red Dot Design Award, established in 1955, documents the most prominent design trends worldwide — from products to communication projects and packaging to design concepts and prototypes. The "Red Dot" is an internationally recognized quality label for excellent design.

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Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards

Applied Arts Magazine celebrates the communication arts community, and each issue includes winners from the magazine's annual design, advertising, photography, illustration, interactive, printing and student awards programs.

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Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation's College Television Awards

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, founded in 1946, is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of telecommunication arts and sciences. The Television Academy recognizes excellence through many annual award programs, including the College Television Awards.

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Walter O. Evans Center curriculum guide named top publication

The American Alliance of Museums annually recognizes the best publications in the country through its Museum Publications Design Competition. For 2015, SCAD took first place for The Divine Comedy Curriculum Guide, which provides activities and lesson plans middle school students and their teachers.

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SCAD earns IIDA Georgia best of the best nod

The Savannah College of Art and Design's innovative SCADpad micro-housing project won The International Interior Design Association Georgia Chapter holds its B.O.B. (Best of the Best) Award in the residential category for 2015.

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AIA Georgia tabs SCADpad for design award

The Georgia chapter of the American Institute of Architects honors Georgia architects for their design excellence. For 2014, the organization selected SCADpad, the university's micro-housing community in Atlanta, for a Georgia Design Award.

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SCADpad recognized by World Architecture News

SCADpad, the university's micro-housing community in Atlanta, won the WAN Urban Design Award 2014 in the Completed Projects sub-category. The three housing units addressed one of the worlds growing problems: urban housing.

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Sottile captures top 2014 architecture award

Christian Sottile, dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts, was honored by the American Institute of Architects with the Young Architects Award for 2014. His firm, Sottile & Sottile has authored several landmark city plans, including the SCAD Museum of Art.

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SCAD Museum of Art wins 2014 AIA prize

The SCAD Museum of Art took home the 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for architecture for its adaptive reuse of the former headquarters of the Central of Georgia Railway as well as the masonry ruins of a freight warehouse.

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The Red Dot Award: Design Concept

The Red Dot Design Award, established in 1955, documents the most prominent design trends worldwide — from products to communication projects and packaging to design concepts and prototypes. The "Red Dot" is an internationally recognized quality label for excellent design.

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Electronic Entertainment Expo College Game Competition

E3 is the world's premier event for computer, video and mobile games and related products. The expo gives students exposure to leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products, while also hosting a college game competition.

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Jen Library redesign snags SCAD library design recognition

The innovative and functional update of the Jen Library that merged high-tech resource usage with 1920s character caught the eye of the American Library Association and International Interior Design Association. The result: a 2016 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award

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Applied Arts Magazine Student Awards

Applied Arts Magazine delivers gorgeous imagery, strong opinion, timely information and essential industry insight to a readership of more than 46,000 creative and marketing professionals.

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