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Cash prizes will be awarded to students who submit works that showcase successful experiential or remote learning

The BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications is launching the next ExperienceCFAC Creative Works Contest allowing students to highlight out-of-classroom opportunities, with the possibility of receiving a cash prize. 

Students are encouraged to submit creative works that exemplify how they have answered President Worthen’s call for experiential learning — any opportunity that enhances classroom learning, such as internships, study abroad programs, conferences, tours and symposiums — as well as learning gained during the remote instruction period. These learning opportunities must have occurred during the 2020-2021 academic year, September 2020 to August 2021.

Three essays and three digital media submissions that best exemplify how experiential or remote learning has shaped a student’s development will be selected from the entries. A $350 cash prize will be awarded to first place submissions, $200 to second place and $100 to third place. A total of $1,300 in prize money will be awarded. The winning creative works will also be featured on the college’s experiential learning website and social media channels.

 “We are excited to hear about and highlight the incredible things our students are doing to reach beyond the classroom,” said Ed Adams, dean of the college. “Experiential learning opportunities shape, strengthen and prepare students to ‘go forth to serve.’ Showcasing these experiences is just one of the many ways we show that we are a college of experiential learning.”

Contest entries will be evaluated on how the submission exemplifies the benefits of experiential learning, engages the reader or viewer, represents BYU’s mission of “entering to learn, going forth to serve” and answers the questions included in the contest prompt. Find the full contest rules here.

To be eligible for the contest, students must participate in classes or ensembles of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Students whose experiential learning opportunity was made possible through college or university funding, such as a grant or scholarship, should indicate in their submission where those funds are from.

Although experiential learning opportunities within the college have looked different this past year due to the COVID pandemic, students should consider the ways in which they used their creativity and resourcefulness to foster new learning experiences.

The contest runs April 26 until Sept. 30. Winners will be announced in Fall 2021. Visit to view a complete list of contest rules or to enter an essay or digital media submission.

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