Participation guide

This participation guide gives you an overview of our competition application process and how to prepare your project files so you can submit a valid and complete competition entry.

Please read through this guide and follow the instructions below before submitting your entry.

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What to submit: Competition Categories

The categories and subcategories for this competition are based on the Faculty of Arts and Design current course offerings which will differ depending on the campus location (Canberra or Brisbane).

You can submit a successful school project or your own creative work. We've included some ideas below for each subcategory to get you started.

Looking for some creative inspiration? Check out last year's gallery.

Participation Guide Stock

Project ideas


Built Environment

Tim Walsh

Communication & Media


Creative Industries

The images above were submissions to our 2021 and 2022 UC Creative Competition.

Entry form guide

You may only submit ONE project per online entry. If you upload several projects within a single online entry, we will only consider the first project in the entry. Your entry may also be disqualified.

Multiple entries are allowed. If you do enter multiple times, please ensure all your personal details are the same across all entries.

Our website will feature an online gallery of student works that will include

  • your full name
  • your state
  • your school name
  • your year level
  • a thumbnail image that depicts your work
  • a link to your video, if applicable
  • your supporting documents, if applicable
  • your project file

This information will be pulled from your entry submission, so please ensure that you enter information carefully and accurately.

Please fill in all your personal details correctly, checking spelling as you go.

If you are under the age of 18, the parental consent section will need to be filled out and digitally signed by a parent/guardian.

  • Subcategory: You will need to choose a subcategory of work that best fits your project. See above for the full list of subcategories in your state.
  • Title of my project: Please enter a title for your work. Should we choose to feature your project in our online gallery of student works, this title will be displayed on our website.
  • Short description of my project: Please describe your project using a minimum of 200 characters (600 characters maximum). Should we choose to feature your project in our online gallery of student works, this short description will be displayed on our website.
  • Supporting document: This is an expansion to the short description because 30 words may not be sufficient for you to describe your submission in full. Feel to skip this step if you are satisfied with your short description. Otherwise, please prepare a supporting document that fully explains what your work is about. We’d also love to know what inspired you, and how you went about creating this project. Should we choose to feature your project in our online gallery of student works, this full project description will be made available for download. This document must be prepared in PDF or DOC/DOCX format only. Maximum file size: 15MB
  • Main project image: Please prepare one image that can be used as a visual representation of your project/artwork. This image will be featured on our website projects page and during the People's Choice Award if your work is selected for viewing and voting. In some cases your image may be reshaped as outline in the Terms and Conditions in order to meet the format of the online gallery. You are encouraged to also upload an image of your work under the project file especially if the image of your work is wide and short. The image must be at least 600px wide and in JPG format. Maximum file size is 5MB

This is where you will upload your project file, additional images or higher quality images of your project. Please ensure this is the complete and final version of your work.

  • Video link: If you are submitting a video as your project, please upload your video entry to YouTube or Vimeo and provide an unlisted link to your application entry. Please do not make your link private as we will not be able to view your video. If you would like to include a video to demonstrate your main project, please include your video link in your project file.
  • Project file size: We will only accept a project file that is 15MB or smaller through our online entry form. If your project file(s) is larger than 15MB, you may share your work via a shareable link from a popular file sharing site such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, WeTransfer etc. Please ensure your file is public and that your file sharing link is accessible to our judges until 15 November 2023. If you would prefer to set permissions, please grant the following email address edit access:

Submission are now closed

Entries for the 2023 UC Creative Competition have now closed. Please stay tuned for details on next year’s competition.

If you have any questions, or require any additional information, please don't hesitate to email us.