This program is the jewel of our educational efforts—an event attended by 600 students from over 30 schools in previous years. RAISE Foundation, Cal Poly Technic State University SLO, California Graphic Arts Education Association, The Castle Press, Graphic Arts Club of Los Angeles, Grafico, Inc., Kodak, Micro Perfect Systems, and Protrade, Inc. join forces to fund this event.
The focus of this program is student participation. Each school designs and prints t-shirts identifying its graphic arts program. The t-shirts are judged for originality and print quality and cash prizes are given to the winning schools.
There is also an academic competition, which is comprised of three components. The first two components (a technical project and a written terminology test) are used to identify five schools to compete in the Academic Challenge (Jeopardy type) game at the Assembly. The competition is intense--and highly exciting--with the students in the audience picking a team to cheer on to victory. Download a flyer with all the details for the 2013 Competition here.
The Technical Competition is the first of three rounds of competition for graphic arts students participating in the annual Academic Competition. Graphic art teams have to produce winning technical entries to qualify to go on to the second round of competition.
In 2013 the kids produced a poster promoting careers in graphic arts. See the details and rules for 2013's competition here.
The design and production competition for college students was initiated in 2006 by the PIASC Education committee to provide college students with an opportunity to compete against their peers and win scholarships to continue their education in graphic communications.
Every year the Education Committee comes up with a different project where students can use their design abilities and production skills. See the details, rules, and prizes for 2013's competition here.
In 2013 the college students created bookmarks, to promote the RAISE literacy program.
The 2013 Entries
Students go through a written exam to determine the five finalists for the academic challenge. This year, the exam was administered at their own schools by their Graphic Arts instructors. A few weeks later, the competing teams arrived at PIASC to prepare for the competition by playing a practice round.
The 2013 Practice Round
The Final Round of competition is a jeopardy-like Question and Answer showdown between the five schools that scored highest in the written test in front of schools, teachers, and industry members. Again this year it took place during the Top Management Network meeting held at Tamayo's Restaurant. See the Winners page for details on who won!
The project this year will have students design and screen print a t-shirt with their interpretation of Print Is Magic. As we all know there is a lot of magic going around when it comes to printing and this is a great opportunity for student to express how they feel about the magic of printing. Download the flyer with complete details here.