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In support of fostering the creative processes of young entertainment designers, global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is sponsoring awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Started in 1969, KCACTF is a national program designed to celebrate college theater in the United States, and help students develop their creative and technical skills. Each year, KCACTF hosts eight regional festivals for college theater students across the United States. Festival activities include workshops, discussions, regional-level scholarships and award programs, giving students the opportunity to showcase their best productions and receive feedback from professionals. “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the diverse, emerging talent from around the country,” said Frank Brault, product marketing manager at Vectorworks. “We wholeheartedly enjoy seeing the innovation and perspective young designers bring to the table.” For each of the eight regional festivals, Vectorworks will donate a professional Vectorworks® Spotlight license to a winner of the Design, Technology and Management category. Entries are evaluated on quality, effectiveness, originality and visual presentation techniques. “KCACTF honors excellence and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships. At its core, it provides opportunities for participants to develop cutting-edge skills and learn current best practices,” said National KCACTF DTM Chair Rafael Jaen. “To do this effectively, we rely on industry-leading sponsors, such as Vectorworks. The company's sponsorship will help the Design, Technology and Management (DTM) students expand their design approaches and achieve higher levels of professionalism.” This year, the eight regional festivals will run between January 3 and March 4. Learn more about KCACTF’s network with more than 18,000 student participants and over 600 colleges, as well as each festival at www.kcactf.org/regions.
As part of Vectorworks’ commitment to education and the future of creatives, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the third annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship. Beginning today, current students and recent graduates from across design disciplines are invited to enter for the chance to win up to $10,000 USD. During this year’s competition, Vectorworks has expanded the duration of its submission period to accommodate varying academic schedules worldwide, while also allowing students the opportunity to submit multiple projects. Submissions are due July 15, 2017. “We greatly value the unique experiences and backgrounds of the next generation of designers,” said Alice Lowy, marketing director at Vectorworks. “With this in mind, we established this program three years ago to reward talented students and to support their academic endeavors in the classroom and beyond so that they can kick-start their careers.” To apply, students must submit their best individual or group project and answer three questions in 150 words or less each. Eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited design program and registered for six or more credits or have graduated during the 2015 or 2016 school term. A notable panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Winners will be revealed on Friday, August 18, 2017. The Vectorworks Design Scholarship program includes two rounds of judging. First round winners selected from regions around the world receive $3,000 USD and the opportunity to compete for the grand prize Richard Diehl Award worth an additional $7,000 USD. Furthermore, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks® design software and complimentary training for faculty and students. Scholarship awards may be applied toward educational fees and purposes such as tuition, housing, textbooks, studying abroad and conference fees, to name a few. The 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship received more than 2,000 entries and awarded 15 scholarships to individuals across the architecture, landscape and entertainment design fields in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Benno Schmitz from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin won the Richard Diehl Award for his project, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn. In 2014, the program awarded scholarships to 15 students from eight different countries, including University of Pennsylvania landscape architecture student Diego Bermudez, who was the grand prize winner. To date, Vectorworks has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarship funds. To apply to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship or to learn more, visit vectorworks.net/scholarship.