Student Graphic Design Competition

2019/2020 Graphic Design Competition

1. Brief

To enter the competition, you need to design two display stands for your University or College that focus on the creativity your course inspires.

In your designs, please try and create stands which showcase the skills you've acquired and other creative benefits of studying your course at your University or College. You need to ensure the branding is consistent across the display stands and the design fits with the dimensions of the stand, whilst all the time trying to appeal to prospective students who may want to study at your institution.

To be eligible you will also need to provide a 250-300 word description which explains the inspiration for your designs.

Please use the two display stand templates below for your design. Any images and logos you use in your artwork will need to be high-resolution (preferably vectorised) images set up at a minimum of 300dpi. Save and send your artwork through as a print-ready PDF.

2. Judging & Prizes

Three winners will be chosen from the submitted entries by a panel of design professionals from Display Wizard.

The winners will be evaluated on how their design and essay conveys the following: consistent branding across displays; appeal to prospective students and consideration of the stand dimensions in the design proposal.

Student Prizes:

  • 1st: £250 prize money; 2nd: £100 prize money; 3rd: £50 prize money
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: Display Wizard Certificate and publicity through Blog posts and social media.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: The chance to work on a real-life marketing project and showcase your work to The Design Council, University marketing department, the large-format print industry and the wider design world.

University/College Prizes (To be awarded to the institution of the winning students)

  • 1st: One 3x2 EventPro Curved Pop Up Stand with branding designed by the student.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: One Swift Banner Stand with branding designed by the student.
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd: A useful competition that can be integrated into the course curriculum.

3. Eligibility

The competition is open to all students taking part in an art, graphic design, visual communication, creative advertising or marketing course at a UK-based University or College. Proof of student status needs to be provided with the application.

4. Application

To apply, please submit your designs for the two display stands along with your accompanying essay using the brief above any time before the 1st May 2020.

You can submit your essay and two designs to Please include your name and educational institution when submitting your design. If you have any questions on the competition please use the same address.

To send files over 10mb, please use WeTransfer, using the email address

5. Spread the Word!

We would greatly appreciate it if you could help to promote this competition by featuring it on your website's news, events or blog.

By mentioning the site from your online presence you'll help us ensure we can continue to offer the competition to students next year.

Design ideas

For inspiration, think about your own experiences at the University or College and, in particular, how it has enabled your creativity. What makes being a student at your institution so unique in this regard? Why would a prospective student looking for a career in a related field want to study your course?

For more ideas on successful designs, please see our gallery of winning competition designs 2017/2018, and our 2018/19 winners. If you want to see a general overview of how to design an exhibition stand, please see our guide on designing the perfect display stand.

An example of a pop up stand and a roller banner can be seen below:

Graphic Design Competition Winning Entries

Terms & Conditions

  1. Only one application per student per academic year.
  2. The competition is only open to students within the UK
  3. The prizes will be sent to the winners within 30 days of the competition winner being announced.
  4. By submitting your application you provide permission for Display Wizard to use your name and successful design for promotional purposes.
  5. Unsuccessful entries will not be showcased and the designs/essays will not be shared outside of the judging panel.
  6. Display Wizard retains the right to extend the competition deadline.