Feeling creative?

Design a new greeting card for the University of Melbourne

Greeting card competition 2021

Students, want to win $500?

Get creative and design a greeting card for University of Melbourne staff. Enter our competition to go in the running to win a $500 gift card and have your design featured as part of our yearly range of bespoke greeting cards.

Given that we’ve all been studying and working from home this year, the winning entry will initially be available in digital design for University staff to send to their stakeholders. When campus reopens, we’ll produce it in hard copy for University staff, students and visitors to the Pop Up Shop at Gate 10.

Depict your submission in a creative way in any 2D medium: photographs, watercolour paintings, sketches, digital design, screen printing. In fact anything that’s able to be able to be reproduced as a greeting card.

You’ll also need to provide a 50-word summary of how your design fits the theme.

Design brief

Theme: Campus dreaming

The theme for this year’s greeting card is ‘Campus dreaming’.

The prospects of being on campus may seem a world away at the moment. But all the same in our individual ways, we dream of being back in class in person and soaking up the atmosphere on our beautiful campuses in Melbourne and across Victoria.

We ask you to visualise what comes to mind when you think of campus. Whether we are online or in-person, our campuses offer us community and connections we cherish in and beyond the classroom.

Thought starters

  • Why is campus important to you?
  • What does the University of Melbourne offer you that makes campus life special?
  • What feelings and images come to mind when you think about your experiences at the University of Melbourne?

The artwork must:

  • not contain any dates, such as 2021
  • not contain any images/reproduction of the University of Melbourne logo
  • be in any 2D medium for example, photography, watercolour painting, pencil sketch, digital design, screen print
  • be original and belong to the entrant
  • align with the brief and the University’s brand values
  • be non-denominational
  • not contain photographic images of identifiable people
  • not contain typeface or fonts
  • be able to be adapted or adjusted to suit the specifications of the final printed card
  • be supplied in a format that can be reproduced to a high quality

Entries are limited to one (1) per person. You may enter by completing the form below and attaching your artwork as specified.

Before you apply, please ensure you have read the Guidelines and Terms and Conditions below.

When applying please provide the following details:

  • Full name of artist
  • Title of work / caption
  • Materials (if appropriate)
  • Year of creation
  • Dimensions (provide Height x Width in mm)
  • Include a paragraph (50 word limit) describing your artwork. This should cover: what it is, what inspired you and how it is inspired by the theme
  • Include the artwork as an image file (TIFF or JPEG) with high enough resolution for print reproduction. Maximum file size 30MB. The recommended image resolution for offset and digital print is 300 DPI at A6 size (105 x 148mm) or 1800x1300 pixels in landscape or portrait.
  • Note:
    • Your image/s may be cropped or resized to suit different platforms for communications purposes.
    • Image may be scaled to fit and must be suitable for the following proportions:
      • Horizontal: 105mm (width) x 148mm(height)
      • Vertical: 105mm (height) x 148mm (wide)
  • Exhibition:
    • Your image/s may be displayed online in a virtual exhibition after or during the judging period.


Rachel Cummins (rcummins@unimelb.edu.au)

2020 Winner Yu Li (Christy)

Christy winner

Theme: Optimism

'More connected than ever'

Design by Yu Li (Christy), First Year Master of Marketing

In this, the year of the great pandemic, we asked our students to design a greeting card that exemplifies optimism. We asked them to visualise what makes them feel hopeful about the future and articulate ways that, as members of the University of Melbourne community, we can help make the world a better place for all.

For Christy, Zoom illustrates how we’ve spent university life this year. “Though we’re separated physically, we bonded tighter as a virtual community,” says Christy. “University of Melbourne students and staff cooperate and trust each other, and this is the source of our optimism and bravery.”

Image of winning entry

2019 Winner Sze Yat Yu (Sophia)

2019 Winner

Theme: The world's contracted thus

‘Intertwine of Place and Time’

Design by Sze Yat Yu (Sophia), First Year Bachelor of Arts

We asked our students to design a greeting card that reflects the unique perspectives of the University of Melbourne’s iconic buildings. Sophia Sze’s interpretation perfectly answered the design brief and strikingly captures what makes the University such a special place to live, work and study.

The design theme was inspired by The Sun Rising, John Donne’s iconic Elizabethan love poem to his mistress: “In that the world’s contracted thus.

To warm the world, that’s done in warming us.

Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;

This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere.”

For Sophia, The world’s contracted thus was interpreted on multiple levels. The Old Arts building (with clock tower and arch) rises above the modern city skyline, with other iconic University locations illustrated as a contractedworld within, depicting an intertwine in time.

2019 Card Winner

The judging panel will be looking for unique artwork that reflects the theme.

The winning submission as judged by the panel will receive $500 Prepaid Visa card.

Note: the University may publish the winner's name on the University's social media channels and Staff Hub, Staff News and other University communications channels for promotional purposes.

Competition closes at 11.59pm Monday 18 October, 2021

Comp icon

Must be a valid email address, with no spaces
Must be numbers, with no spaces
Must be a current University of Melbourne student
Eg. Digital photograph, watercolour on canvas, graphite sketch on paper
This refers to the dimensions of the original artwork
Please upload your image file with a high-enough resolution suitable for print reproduction. (TIFF or JPEGs preferred) Maximum filesize 30mb

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