There are many changes to the contest criteria and expectations this year. Due to COVID-19, many internships, tours, field studies, and typical inspiring learning opportunities were cancelled for the safety of students. To accommodate this change, the contest is considering any experiential learning experiences that occurred within the following semesters eligible for submission to the contest: Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020. Additionally, contest questions have been altered to focus students on sharing the individual impact that experiential learning has had on their personal career development.

President Kevin J. Worthen stated in the address where he first used the phrase experiential learning, “… let me suggest that one way we can enhance the quality of inspiring learning at BYU is to expand both the quantity and quality of the kind of learning that occurs outside the formal ­classroom—the kind of instruction that many call ‘experiential learning.’” For the 2020 #ExperienceCFAC Share Your Story Contest, the following experiences can constitute as an experiential learning experience: 

  • capstone projects (from Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 semesters)
  • 6 week cinema 
  • personal projects that incorporate concepts learned in class that impacted them
  • creative efforts to continue learning during the coronavirus quarantine

The only difference between the essay contest and the visual media contest is the medium that you use to tell your story of an experiential learning opportunity that impacted you. Your story will be judged only in relation to other submissions of the same medium that you chose to submit to (for example, an essay submission will not be compared to a visual media submission and vice versa).

Contest participants can be any BYU student that experiences an inspiring learning or experiential learning opportunity related to the College of Fine Arts and Communications. All students are encouraged to apply and eligible to win, including students that graduated in the summer of 2020.

Great question! The quality of your submission will be based on your ability to share how impactful that experience was for you. Here are some additional guidelines for crafting the perfect #ExperienceCFAC Contest submission: 

  1. First, plan ahead. Undoubtedly, you are going to have inspiring learning opportunities in the coming months. Think of what experiences you will be having and try to plan how you could gather important assets that you will need to create the perfect submission. See the next two points for additional details. 
  2. Second, share your story. We know this seems obvious, but it’s first because it’s the most important. Winning submissions will answer all of the questions outlined in the contest criteria (even visual media submissions must include a brief description that answers specific questions) with a compelling personal narrative of how your experience affected you. If your experience has already happened, review any notes or documentation that you have of that time. If your experience has yet to happen, take notes on how your experience is changing you. While your experience is important, we really want to know about you!
  3. Third, include an enticing visual. All essay submissions must include at least one photo that encapsulates your experience. Visual media submissions should be aesthetically crafted and representative of your inspiring learning opportunity. Remember, a picture (or a design, video, picture of an art project, etc.) speaks 1,000 words.