Applications accepted in early 2018

Apply for a GDC Foundation Scholarship Next Year

Since 2012, the GDC Foundation has awarded $5,000 in student awards. Applications for 2017 awards are closed.

See the National Scholarship page for submission information.

GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship

Read about the 2017 winner

This national scholarship is awarded to a third-year student in a Canadian four-year program whose submission has demonstrated a deep understanding of problem solving through communication design. This project will demonstrate the student’s excellent research and exceptional skills in the craft of design, having synthesized their research results into an outstanding communication design solution.

The Scholarship was created in honour of Ray Hrynkow, a respected Vancouver, BC design professional, teacher and GDC Fellow who passed away in 2012. He was president of Herrainco Brand Strategy + Design in Vancouver, which he established with his wife Casey Hrynkow CGD, FGDC in 1986. Ray was a graduate of the Vancouver School of Art and later Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He designed award-winning work in branding and corporate communications. He was known for his strategic approach as well as his exceptional design skill. The Scholarship both honours Ray’s career and promotes research-driven communication design, which was fundamental to his practise and something he always encouraged in students and young designers.

The GDC Foundation reserves the right not to award the scholarship in a given year if there are no suitable candidates.

AWARD CRITERIA

  • Applicant must be in the third year of a four-year undergraduate communication/graphic design program in Canada.
  • Applicant is a GDC student member in good standing.
  • Submission to include:
    • One design project demonstrating problem solving through communication design.
    • Project brief, objectives or assignment guidelines, and instructor contact information
    • Description and rationale for the design project submitted (300 words maximum)
    • Transcript of grades for the 2015/16 school year (unofficial records from the institution are acceptable)
    • Personal statement outlining reasons for applying and future career goals (250 words)
    • List of all post-secondary educational programs attended and total number of years of graphic/communication design education.

Questions? For more information, please email education@gdc.net.
For information about the GDC Foundation, email foundation@gdc.net.


GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship
for Graduate Students

Read about the 2017 winner

The GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship was created through a generous donation from the GDC Alberta North Chapter to support a graduate student pursuing research with a focus on the field or discipline of visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution at a Masters or Doctoral level.

This national scholarship is provided in honour of Marc Brisbourne LGDC, MacEwan University Chair of Design Studies who passed away in 2013. Marc obtained a Master of Design degree from the University of Alberta in 2005. He was passionate about design research and education.

2017 was the final year the GDC Foundation awarded this scholarship. The Alberta North GDC Chapter will continue the legacy for Marc Brisbourne with a provincial scholarship.

AWARD CRITERIA

  • Open to any Masters or Doctoral degree student pursuing research with a focus on visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Applicant has successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a visual communication-related discipline.
  • Applicant is a GDC member in good standing.
  • Applicant has not previously been awarded this scholarship.
  • Applicant is willing to submit a brief report on the results of the research, including images, that the GDC may use to promote the scholarship.
  • Submission to include:
    • Overview and desired outcomes of a current or proposed research project or area of interest (800 words maximum). May include abstract and images.
    • Transcript for undergraduate degree in a visual communication related discipline (unofficial records from the institution are acceptable),and list of all post-secondary educational programs attended and total number of years of graphic/communication design education.
    • Personal letter outlining reasons for applying and future career goals (250 words), CV and photo (head shot).

SELECTION OF RECIPIENT

The overview, letter and CV will be assessed based upon student goals, potential of design research contribution in the area of Canadian visual communication and education, and quality of the submission. The Committee reserves the right to not award the scholarship if criteria are not met.
The selection committee will consider the following:

  1. Is the area of design research or area of interest in a Canadian context?
  2. Does the proposed subject area or topic contribute to the field or discipline of visual communication?
  3. Are the desired outcomes clearly defined in the overview?
  4. Is the overview well written and thorough?
  5. Does the submission align with the goals of the GDC Foundation, ie enriching the profession, inspiring creativity, exploring new directions, and revealing the value of design in Canada.

GDC National Scholarship Judging Criteria for Design Submissions:

a) Strategy (30)
    Meets the project objectives
    Media appropriateness
    Cohesiveness and effectiveness

b) Solution (30)
    Rationale (Tips)
    Innovative use of typography and/or imagery
    Strength of concept

c) Proficiency (30)
    Typography
    Layout
    Attention to detail (content and supporting materials)

d) Presentation (10)
    Clarity and professionalism


 

Questions? For more information, please email education@gdc.net.
For information about the GDC Foundation, email Foundation@gdc.net.

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