Two of Cambrian College’s Graphic Design graduates and one upper-year student have been recognized for their outstanding work by one of the largest and most respected arts awards programs in North America. Thomas Beltrame, Jason Sanders and Tim Yeung are winners of the 2013 Applied Arts Awards in the Student category. This major competition showcases student work from creative arts schools across the continent.
Sanders, who graduated from Cambrian this spring, won the Complete Advertising Campaign category. He said that winning the award has reaffirmed his decision to pursue a career in the arts. “Knowing that I have a talent that others recognize and appreciate has made me feel like I have a place in this world to share my thoughts through graphic design,” he explained. “My sense of accomplishment is elevated when I look at all the hard work I’ve done to get to this point. I’ve learned that to stand out from the crowd I have to be willing to escape my comfort zone and try things that other people would call ‘crazy.’”
Beltrame also graduated from Cambrian in the spring and won the Design/Packaging (Single Piece) category. He said that he is grateful to his professors and fellow students for pushing him to do his best. “This award means a lot to me,” he explained. “With a field of entries and participants from some of the best design programs in North America, to be proudly included alongside two other award winners from Cambrian is an honour and a testament to the success of our program and its inspiring faculty.”
Yeung won the Illustration (Single Piece) category, and says that earning this national recognition has given him added assurance that enrolling in Cambrian’s Graphic Design program was the right choice after earning a Bachelor’s degree and spending time in the work force. “It can be intimidating going back to school,” Yeung explained. “But this award indicates to me that I’m following the right path. Cambrian’s professors and students have really inspired me to think outside of my own perceived limitations, to experiment, and to explore, while creating projects that are very tangible and relatable.”
Yeung added that the fact that he and his fellow students were all recognized this year speaks to the quality of Cambrian’s program and what its graduates have to offer. Applied Arts Magazine will showcase the winners’ work at an exhibit in Toronto in November. It will also be published online, and in the November/December print issue of the magazine.
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