Five Graphic Design Students Win Packaging Design National Honors

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 27, 2017) – The spring semester is in full swing and the Graphic Design department is pleased to congratulate five Graphic Design students that have recently been honored with awards for their packaging designs. The American Graphic Design Awards/Certificates of Excellence competition, sponsored by Graphic Design USA, is one of the leading publications in the field.  Woodbury’s winners and projects include:

  • Andy Lim | Soul Juice Beverage Packaging
  • Josh Ovalle | Golden Seed Company Display & Packaging
  • Patricia Hajjar | Canine Quest Dog Pack Packaging
  • Darwin Huanca | Oh Sh!t: Wilderness Survival Kit
  • Czarah Castro | Castor & Pollux Wine Packaging

For more than five decades, Graphic Design USA has conducted competitions to spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals.  GDUSA’s American Graphic Design Award is the original and the flagship, open to the entire community: design firms, and agencies, corporations, non-profits, institutions, freelancers, students and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds and across all media.  Just a shade under 10,000 entries were submitted; a highly selective 15 percent were recognized with a Certificate of Excellence.

“We are immensely proud of Andy, Josh, Patricia, Darwin and Czarah, whose creativity and dedication to mastering their craft bring recognition to themselves and to Woodbury University,” said Behnoush McKay, M.F.A., Graphic Design chair in Woodbury’s School of Media, Culture and Design. “Competitions such as this one attest to the proven ability of Woodbury students and grads to compete for top jobs in the Graphic Design field.

”Whether it’s focusing on brand identity, creative packaging or any other design discipline, the Graphic Design USA competition celebrates the power and importance of blending technique and talent in the service of real-world requirements,” McKay said. “This high-level recognition provides further evidence of the caliber of students who are attracted to our Graphic Design program.” The Graphic Design program grants a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which is included in the university’s accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  The BFA is a professional degree, which translates to a top education resulting in strong, competitive student portfolios that stand out in the graphic design industry. Woodbury students consistently win international and national design awards, and have achieved recognition in entertainment design, web design, advertising design, package design, photography, identity design and environmental graphics.

Small class size allows individual attention from the professional faculty and educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, which provides students with the ability to create effective and engaging visual communication solutions.  The program has gained a reputation for graduating top quality designers ready to take their place in the profession.