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UC Creative Competition offering one year of free tuition

Elly Mackay

9 October 2020: Year 11 and 12 students in the ACT and NSW have the opportunity to win a year’s free tuition for a Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD) degree at the University of Canberra in this year’s UC Creative Competition.

The competition encourages prospective University of Canberra students to showcase their creative skills that are aligned to UC’s Faculty of Arts and Design courses including writing, design, videography, built environment and more.

Three runners-up will receive a semester of free tuition towards a FAD degree, and cash prizes will be given to discipline winners, for the People’s Choice Award, and to one highly-commended entry.

The competition allows entries into four distinct categories: arts – encapsulating digital media, film production, creative writing, global studies, and culture/heritage; built environment ‒ including architecture, interior architecture, landscape design and building and construction management; communications and media – where entries can relate to journalism, sports media, marketing, and public relations; and design, which includes industrial design, interaction design and visual communication design.

Executive Dean of FAD Professor Jason Bainbridge says the program is of benefit to any senior high school student who is considering a career in the creative industries.

“A career in arts and design can take you so many places, across so many different sectors,” Professor Bainbridge said.

“The Creative Competition is a great way of encouraging high school students to get creative and imagine possible career paths now.”

He also said that the prizes offered by the Faculty should be a drawcard for students who are considering pursuing their degrees.

The annual competition gives creative students a chance to showcase their skills and familiarise themselves with the Faculty prior to finishing high school.

“Our Faculty produces job-ready graduates with great starting salaries and excellent career prospects – it really is the place to be for those considering a career in any of the creative industries,” Professor Bainbridge said.

Entrants can submit pieces of personal or hobby work, or they can choose to re-use a previous school assignment.

To enter, participants must submit their entries via the online portal. Entries close on 19 October and judging will take place throughout October and November.