Welcome to the UCA Competition page!  

We are excited to announce the release of the NEW series of competitions for students and young people to partake over school holidays throughout the 20/21 academic year. Here you will have the opportunity to find out more about our upcoming competitions, entry requirements and prizes to be won. 

The theme for the competition series is the word?Irregularity. We have all faced difficult and new challenges with our established routines and way of life turned upside down in 2020, it is safe to say that this year has been anything but regular. Artist, designers and creative thinkers regularly draw on their experiences for inspiration for their work, so we want you to think what this irregularity means to you. 

Deadline for the Craft & Design competition has been extended until 28 February 2021! 

  • Competition prizes

    Each UCA competition will have 3 x prize winners. The prize structure is as follows:

    1st prize- £100.00 Arts Voucher
    2nd prize- £50.00 Arts Voucher
    3rd prize- £25.00 Arts Voucher

    *The prizes are as stated and no other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. The prizes are awarded for each competition in each school.

  • UCA Judges

    UCA will select a panel of a minimum of three judges. The judges will determine the shortlist, winner and runners-up. UCA reserves the right to appoint new/substitute judges at different stages of the competition for reasons outside its reasonable control (including, but not limited to, in the case of illness, unavoidable absence or conflict of interest of any of the judges).

    Judging and final decisions of competition winners will take the week after the competition closes. The final decision will be announced 1 week after the competition is closed.

    Shortlisted entries will be displayed on the UCA competition website 

    The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • Competition Dates

    Crafts & Design competition dates:
    Closed - Shortlist enteries to be announced by Friday 5 March.

    Film, Media & Performing Arts competition dates:
    Thursday 01 April 2021 competition opens.
    Sunday 25 April 2021 competition closes.

    Creative Business competition dates:
    Monday 24 May 2021 competition opens.
    Sunday 13 June 2021 competition closes.

    Fine Art, Photography & Visual Comms competition dates:
    Monday 19 July 2021 competition opens.
    Sunday 22 August 2021 competition closes.

Admission criteria

  • Admission criteria

    Our competitions are suitable for young people aged 15-18 who have an interest in creative subjects and would like to develop their skills, knowledge and portfolio.  

    The aim of these competitions are to provide an opportunity for young people to access free creative opportunities from a higher education institution to support them to find out more about creative subjects, pathways, and careers. 

    We encourage you to make yourself familiar with terms and conditions for the compeptions before applying. If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria for individual activities, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page.  

    Participants must reside in the United Kingdom to enter.

  • Data Protection

    UCA processes data in accordance with the General Data Protection Rules (GDPR).  
    The university's data protection policies and privacy notices can be viewed here.  

    You have the right to review information held about you. If you would like to do so or to notify us of a change of your details, please email  If, you believe there is no legitimate reason for us to continue processing your data and wish us to delete it, please contact the Data Protection Officer


  • Disclaimer

    UCA reserves the right to amend or cancel part or all of the programme.

    In the event of any changes, applicants/participants and their parents/carers will be notified accordingly. Should any applicant or participant have any feedback or wish to make a complaint then they can do so in writing via email to UCA reserves the right to amend or cancel part, or all, of the activities displayed on this page. In the event of any changes, applicants/participants will be notified accordingly. All details are correct at the time of publication.  

Upcoming Competitions

YouCreate: Culture Competition

If you are 13-18 years old and living in Kent and Medway, our annual YouCreate Competition is also open for you to enter.

This competition is open until 31st May 2021 and entries can be made in any art form.

This year’s theme is ‘Culture’ and prizes include a MacBook laptop and the chance to be exhibited at UCA, the UK's number one specialist university for the creative industries.

Click here to find out more and apply.

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If you have any questions about the UCA Competitions, please contact us: