Education Committee Initiatives
  • In its 18-year history, RGD's annual Student Awards Program has distributed more than $275,000 directly to Students enrolled in Canadian post-secondary graphic design programs in recognition of design excellence. In 2016, we received over 250 entries from 25 post-secondary institutions across Canada. In 2017, we will award $21,000 in cash prizes through Awards sponsored by a variety of industry partners.


    How to get involved:

    • Sponsor an award to benefit the next generation of design professionals and support design excellence. All sponsors are recognized on the RGD site and in a printed awards booklet distributed to 12,000 and have the opportunity to participate in the judging. Email for more information.
    • About 150 judges assist with the judging each year. Email to put your name forward for consideration as a possible Student Awards Judge.


  • Each year, in partnership with a different educational institution, RGD invites design educators to consider the future of creative education at the annual Design Educators Conference. The event takes with DesignThinkers in Toronto (mid-November).


    How to get involved:

    • In addition to keynote presenters, educators and industry professionals are invited to submit proposals for presentations of papers, panels or conversations.
    • Attend the Conference
    • If your institution is interested in hosting the Conference, email


  • Student and Provisional RGD Members in need of financial assistance to attend DesignThinkers have the opportunity to apply for $500 DT Scholarships provided by generous donations from RGD industry partners.

    If you would like to sponsor a Scholarship, email .

  • Students enrolled in graphic design programs at Cambrian, Canadore, Capilano, Centennial, College of the North Atlantic, Conestoga, George Brown, Georgian, St. Lawrence (2nd + 3rd year students), Sault, and York/Sheridan (3rd + 4th year students) are automatically Student Members of RGD. 

  • RGD Staff and Members visit colleges and universities across Canada to inform students about RGD, industry best practices and ethical guidelines as well as conduct portfolio reviews.


    If you are interested in speaking at schools or participating in a portfolio review day in your community, email .