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Creating interesting work for audiences that span generations, cultures, and personalities can be a challenge. Creating that work with those who have different skill sets and goals can make it feel almost impossible. But, if we can bring together the individually beautiful elements, we can produce a shimmering masterpiece.

The UCDA Design Competition recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done by communication professionals to promote educational institutions (secondary, vocational, or higher education) and supports the exchange of ideas and information relating to the unique role of these designers.

Winning entries will be part of the UCDA Design Show on display during the 47th annual UCDA Design Conference. The conference provides you an opportunity to get an in-depth look at the issues facing designers and communication professionals, both in and out of educational institutions, and gain inspiration for better collaboration. Scheduled for October 7-10, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

COMPETITION LINKS
2017 Competition Judges
Past Competition Judges
Past Competition Winners
UCDA Design Collection
Categories

COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Peer-reviewed by judges who understand the environments in which you create.
  • In-house categories.
  • No hanging fees.
  • Lower entry fees for those who enter early.
  • Lower entry fees for UCDA members.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Entries may be submitted by any institution, company, or individual involved in the creation or production of the work.

You do not need to be a member of UCDA to enter (although members receive discounted entry fees)

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?
Any work designed, published, created, or used by an educational institution is eligible (not limited to higher education). See categories.

Work must have been published for the first time between June 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017.

ENTRY DEADLINES
Early entry deadline:
Friday, April 21, 2017
Entry deadline:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (entries must arrive by this date)

Enter early and avoid the last-minute rush to gather, prepare, and package your entries.

HOW TO ENTER

1. GATHER WORK

2. FILL OUT FORM A

  • Complete one copy.
  • Include a complete list of your entries (if more than one entry)
  • Entry Form A available as a PDF fillable.
  • Entry Form A available online
  • Include a copy of Entry Form A with your entries when you mail them in.

3. FILL OUT FORM B

  • Complete one copy for each entry.
  • Single entry: Tape to the back of entry.
  • Series entry: Tape to the back of each piece and label
    1 of 4, 2 of 4, etc. OR include all pieces in a single envelope with one form attached.
  • If a piece is entered in more than one category, you must send a separate sample and entry fee for each category.
  • Entry Form B available as a fillable PDF.

4. VIDEO AND DIGITAL ENTRIES

  • Categories 45-54 (or where video is a component)
  • Provide the URL for each entry (on Entry Form B) and digital version* on CD, DVD, or flash drive to represent each submission.

5. PRINT ENTRIES

  • Categories 1-34 (or where print is a component)
  • Send in one physical copy of the entered piece(s) and one high resolution digital image* to represent each submission.
  • Editorial spreads: Flush-mount the two-page spread to prevent damage.
  • Photograph, illustration, or student work: A high-quality printout may be submitted.
  • Over-sized entries (banner, billboards, etc.): A high-quality printout may be submitted.
  • Three-dimensional work: A high quality printout may be submitted.

6. MOBILE APP ENTRIES

  • Category 50 (or where an App is a component)
  • If the App is freely available in the AppStore or Android Marketplace, please provide the link (on Entry Form B) to where it may be downloaded. OR if it is not a free app, provide a gifted app.
  • If it is not available, send it on a CD, DVD, or flash drive, or let us know where it can be found.
  • Also provide one high resolution digital image* to represent each submission

7. STRATEGY ENTRIES

  • Categories 55-57
  • Include each submission as a complete package in a single binder and include all components in a digital format* (may include PDFs, videos, photographs, etc.).

8. PACK AND SEND

Send:
__ Entry Form A (PDF) or Entry Form A (online)
__ list of entries
__ digital image/photograph of entries
__ payment information
__ and the entries themselves (with Entry Form B) to:

UCDA Home Office

UCDA Design Competition
199 Enon Springs Road West, Suite 400
Smyrna, TN 37167 USA
615-459-4559

* DIGITAL IMAGES/PHOTOS OF ENTRIES

  • All entries should be accompanied by a digital high resolution file/photograph.
  • Provide one image to represent each submission. It is not necessary to provide digital files of entire publications. For example, a cover and a spread will be sufficient.
  • For categories that contain a video component: in addition to the URL(s), please provide an MP4 or .mov file.
  • Multiple entries can all be submitted on the same CD, DVD, or flash drive, clearly labeled with your name.
  • Acceptable file formats: 300 dpi, Photoshop, TIFF, or JPG, approximately 10” wide x 8” tall, or high-resolution PDF with fonts outlined.

WHO IS JUDGING YOUR WORK
We’ve assembled panels of judges composed of designers and design educators working in or doing a significant portion of their work for educational institutions.

Your work will be peer-reviewed by others who understand the environments in which you create.

WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR?
Print entries will be judged for excellence in concept, design, illustration, typography, printing, and message as well as effectiveness and creativity in solving the problems inherent in institutional design.

Digital entries will be judged for appearance, flexibility, interactivity, message, and suitability for their intended audience.

AFTER YOU ENTER

  • Winners will be notified by July 31, 2017.
  • Winners will be required to send in a duplicate copy of their winning entry.
  • Winners receive Awards of Excellence, Silver, or Gold.
  • Presentation of awards will be at the UCDA Design Conference.
  • Winning entries become part of the UCDA Design Collection.

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU WIN?

  • An award certificate to display proudly.
  • Higher visibility for you, your department, institution, or company.
  • A great marketing opportunity to promote your services to colleagues, clients, or the media.
  • The admiration and respect of supervisors, peers, friends, and co-workers!

QUESTIONS?
About competition:
Sandy Destiny, Competition Chair
sandy.destiny@sonoma.edu
Dale Cochran, Competition Co-Chair
kcochra@clemson.edu

About membership:
Tadson Bussey, Executive Director
Chris Klonowski, Assistant Director
info@ucda.com
615-459-4559

ENTRY FEES
Early Entry Fees (Early Entry Deadline: April 21)

  Member* Partner Member *** Non-Member**
Single Entry $45 per piece $65 per piece $85 per piece
Series Entry $55 per series $75 per series $95 per series
       
  Student Member *   Student Non-Member**
Single Entry $20 per piece   $30 per piece
Series Entry $30 per series   $40 per series

 

Entry Fees (After April 21, Entry Deadline: May 31)

  Member* Partner Member *** Non-Member**
Single Entry $65 per piece $85 per piece $105 per piece
Series Entry $75 per series $95 per series $115 per series
       
  Student Member *   Student Non-Member**
Single Entry $30 per piece   $40 per piece
Series Entry $40 per series   $50 per series


* Please include your membership number (found on current ID cards) on all entry forms. Current UDCA membership must be paid in full to receive the member rate. If you are uncertain about membership status, please call the UCDA Home Office at 615-459-4559 or email info@ucda.com

** Non-members may join UCDA and be eligible for member entry fees by completing the UCDA membership section on Entry Form A. Designate new membership status on Form A.


*** Please include your partner member membership number, available from the partner organizations main office.

Rights Statement
Submission of entries to the UCDA Design Competition acknowledges the right of the University & College Designers Association to use them for exhibition, publication, and publicity for the purpose of promoting and advertising this and future competitions and/or for promoting UCDA members' work. Entrants agree to hold UCDA harmless of any claims that may be made against it by reason of such reproductions. Securing releases is the sole responsibility of the entrant. Entries become the property of the UCDA and cannot be returned. UCDA takes no responsibility for determining official authorship or ownership of websites or digital entries. The judges will review all pieces submitted to the competition, and the final number of pieces accepted into the show will be at their discretion. The judges may re-categorize entries; if so, there will be no adjustment of entry fees. Decision of the judges on entries accepted and the level of awards are final.

Download
Entry Form A
Entry Form B

Online
Entry Form A
Entry Form B not available online

PRINT JUDGES
Pam Fogg, Design Director, Middlebury College
Domenica Genovese, Partner, Greatest Creative Factor

DIGITAL JUDGES
Rick Bailey, Principal, RHB
Tina Coleman, Director of University Web and Design, William & Mary
Robert J. “RJ" Thompson, Assistant Professor, Youngstown State University