2017 GDUSA Student Design Awards Open To Friday April 28


Entry Deadline: April 28, 2017

We invite you to enter the new GDUSA Student Design Awards™.  A contest dedicated to students may be new, but GDUSA has been organizing prestigious and welcoming design competitions for 54 years. In those five decades, the goal of these annual competitions — which now include Graphic Design, Package Design, Inhouse Design, Web Design and Health+Wellness Design — is to recognize effective graphic design, call attention to talented designers, and honor the value that graphic design brings to commerce and culture.

A handful of students have entered each of these contests  separately over the years. But in 2017, with students and educators having more influence than ever on the changing shape of design, media and culture, we believe the time is right for a GDUSA Student Design Awards that celebrates student designers and the power of design education.

All winners will receive an Award of Excellence Certificate suitable for framing, will have their winning piece automatically be displayed on our popular website for a year, will have their name and school published in our print and digital magazines, and will receive a free two-year subscription to GDUSA magazine and enewsletters.


Download the 2017 Student Design Awards Entry Form

Who is Eligible?

Entry is open to all current U.S. and International students pursuing a degree or certificate or pursuing continuing education on campus or online. Students or their teachers or their schools may enter on their behalf.

What is Eligible?

Entries must have been created between April 1, 2015 and April 1, 2017. These may be projects created for actual clients or for a school/class project or for your own portfolio.

How To Enter?

Fill out one entry form for each entry you are submitting. For print, packaging, posters, logos, branding or similar projects, create a folder with all completed entry forms and one digital image per entry. Please zip the file and name it with your company name. Upload the zipped file below.

For web, online or video projects, please submit the URL in the “credit information” section of the entry form. We will access this link to judge your work. If you would like to submit screen captures as well, this should be uploaded together with your entry form. If there is no link where we can access your designs, please submit screen captures.

Acceptable File Formats

300 dpi Adobe Photoshop .tiff or .jpeg files are preferred; PDF format is acceptable. Images should be a minimum of 5 inches wide and CMYK. Adobe Illustrator files are acceptable with outlines created around the type.
We do not accept Quark or Indesign. Please convert these file types to Photoshop jpegs or tiffs. form preparation

Form Preparation and Payment

Fill in one entry form for each project you are submitting. If you are entering multiple projects, payment information (such as credit card information)  for all entries need only be placed on one form. If you wish to pay by check, note that check is coming on the entry form and mail it to our street address: GDUSA, 89 Fifth Avenue, Suite 901, New York NY 10003. It is NOT necessary to include your digital signature on these forms.

Rights + Permissions

Winning entrants grant Kaye Publishing Corporation and Graphic Design USA the non-exclusive right to reproduce the winning pieces in GDUSA and its Student Design Annual/Winners Gallery in all media in connection with the competition.



Entry Fees

1 Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $75
2 Entries  . . . . . . . . . . . .  $100
3 Entries  . . . . . . . . . . . .  $125
4 Entries  . . . . . . . . . . . .  $150
5 Entries  . . . . . . . . . . . .  $175
6 Entries . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200
7-10 Entries . . . . . . . . . .  $225
11-15 Entries . . . . . . . . . . $250
11-15 Entries . . . . . . . . . . $250
16-20 Entries . . . . . . . . . $300

Multiple entries considered to be part of a series or campaign may be submitted as one entry; you may include up to 5 pieces in a series. A school may group all its student entries together to earn the volume discounts built into the entry fees.


Tel: 212.696.4380
Fax: 212.696.4564
Email: awards@gdusa.com

File Upload

Please use this Hightail link to send your archived materials:


As an alternative, email your entry form to awards@gdusa.com.