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Curtis packaging is one of the UK's leading companies providing high quality printed folding boxboard packaging specialising in the retail, beauty & luxury market sectors. “Finishing touches - The Collection”, our innovative sample pack and "The Ultimate Foiling Guide" which demonstrate many of the finishes & added features that top brands look for has received immense feedback from Design Agencies, Brand owners & visitors to the Packaging Innovations exhibitions. This has encouraged us to evolve this into an opportunity to help students that are working towards a position within the exciting market we work in. Click here to go to the Design Tools section for more information about the packs We are offering three financial prizes:

  • Bronze £50
  • Silver £125
  • Gold £175


The beauty industry is worth £81 Billion with the packaging market amounting to £41 Billion. The environment and sustainability are of vital importance to nearly every beauty brand Curtis packaging works with. We are strong advocates for investing in the future and what better place to start than embarking on a search to find the next graphic designer the luxury beauty brands are fighting over The options for consideration for designing your proposal are either :
  • The launch of a new “Hero” product for either a Male or Female skincare range
  • A Duo  Christmas gift set that will hold two of your favourite  products
    from your chosen beauty brand.
There are two elements to this brief. The constructional side and the graphic element, we will be judging on the impact of graphics , ease of assembly and successful transit to store.


We believe in investing in the future but we are equally vested in making sure that packaging is environmentally friendly.

We want to find the next graphic designer who can embrace all the challenges the beauty industry faces in presenting glamourous, tactile and visually tempting cartons for their products or the construction designer that blows away the team with their innovative designs - all the while keeping to high environmental standards and minimising the impact of the industry on the planet.

We are offering three Curtis Centre of Excellence prizes

  • Gold £175
  • Silver £125
  • Bronze £50

Along with their cheque the winners will have the chance to see behind the scenes of the countless disciplines behind the production of a printed carton with a tour of our manufacturing facilities. You will also get to meet the panel of judges that chose your submission to beat the competition.



Project start date is 4th Jan 2024.

The UAL formatted project brief is available to download here.

Practical Studio deadline will be for Friday 23rd Feb for both groups.
This deadline is roughly 7 weeks to get all studio work completed.

Send your final prototype artwork and photographs of your design, with a covering summary of your vision, target audience, and reason behind your chosen design, to

You have from 10/2/2024 to 23/2/2024 to send your entry to the email above.

No entries can be accepted after this date


Finishing Touches - The collection

This pack demonstrates many of the finishes & added features that top brands look for when designing a carton. The pack shows the pros and cons of different finishes, textures and coatings that can enhance the shelf appeal of the product aginst a measure of their:

  • Durability
  • Premium quality
  • Price
  • Transit
  • Wow Factor
  • Environmental impact

The Ultimate Foiling Guide

This pack demonstrates with real examples what can be achieved using different foils to enhance the look and feel of a carton.

Design Considerations Brochure

This pack explains the design considerations for better recyclability of printed cartons

Samples of the packs have been supplied to the college but if you require further samples please contact:

BillerudKorsnäs Presentation

Download here. 

Fedrigoni Presentation

Download here.