DUT GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS- TOP NOTCH
By: Bliss Ndapasowa
International Packaging World Star Award, Gold Trophy Gold pack Award, Poetry Africa design Award, eight exhibitions in the United States, to name only a few.
These are just some of the prestigious achievements by the Durban University of Technology’s own Graphic Design Department.
With their art declared by alumni as globally relevant, the department took it upon themselves to acknowledge students’ efforts by hosting an awards ceremony accompanied by an exhibition for diploma and B-tech students at DUT’s City Campus this week.
The event was graced by ‘names’ in the graphic design industry, including Assegai and Javelin, a communications agency founded by DUT graphic design alumni and Learning Curve.
Guest speaker from Assegai and Javelin, Lauren Kolia, praised the artistic competency the students had displayed throughout the year.
“As we have worked with the students through several assessments we have been blown away by their hunger for excellence. I salute them all on a job well done,” she said.
Kolia added that being a designer meant bringing together fundamental communicative elements into one visual piece, and the students had more than accomplished this mandate.
Top students, namely Sasha Subramoney and Melissa Furter, walked away with iPads while Bradley Cuzen owned the night as he walked away with a cash prize of R20 000 for best design portfolio and best overall marks.
Nathan Thomas emerged as the b-tech level student of the year with a 90% pass mark for research- highest ever achieved in the department.
The students described their lecturers as individuals with an infectious passion that immensely contributed to moulding them and handed them tokens of appreciation.
Proceeds gained from the artwork produced by the students are solely used for charity campaigns conducted by the department in collaboration with the DUT’s fashion department.