Call for entries

Student designed greeting card

Design a new greeting card for the University of Melbourne

Enter the new student competition to design one of this year’s University of Melbourne’s greeting cards. You’ll be in the running to win a $750 Prepaid Visa card, and have your design credited on the back of the card.

Each year the University’s bespoke season’s greeting cards are made available to staff for distribution to their stakeholders. This year, the winning student card will also be sold to the University staff, students and visitors through the University’s Pop Up Shop at Gate 10.

Design brief

Theme: The world’s contracted thus

In line with the theme of ‘The world’s contracted thus’, we’re looking for unique perspectives of our iconic buildings that make the University a special place to live, work or study.

The design theme is taken from The Sun Rising, John Donne’s equally iconic 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.

We’re not saying that we love our campus this much. But, hey, perhaps we actually do! Show us how much!

You can 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 to be included on the back of the card.

Thought starters

  • What iconic University buildings and settings provide you with a sense of place and belonging at the University?
  • What buildings instantly say the University of Melbourne to you?
  • What buildings capture your experience of the University?
  • Historical or modern, small or large, we’d love to see how much the buildings we study, work and live in impact our experience at the University.

Entries are limited to one (1) per person. You may only 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:
    • 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)

The artwork must:

  • 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


Sponsorship and Filming Coordinator, Rachel Cummins ( or Brand Coordinator, Susannah Woodward (

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

The winning submission as judged by the panel will receive $750 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.

Applications close midnight Monday 30 September.

Download the flyer to spread the word!

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

If you have any questions or queries about using the brand, please contact the Brand team.