Competition: What have the Arts ever done for us?

A creative competition for the best defence of studying the Arts, open to current or past Open University students. It could be a poster, a poem, a short piece of prose, a video, or animation – whichever you feel would best allow your feelings full rein. The prize is £100 Amazon token, to be spent how you like.

What do you need to do?

  • Keep it short – a maximum of 100 words for prose or poetry, or 2 minutes for moving presentations
  • Submit your entry by 23:59 GMT, Monday 1 February 2016

Winner will be announced on Monday 29 February.

How to submit

  • All applicants should include their OU PI (Personal Identifier) number with their entry.
  • All entries should include contact details (phone, email, postal address)
  • Moving presentations (video, animation) should be posted online, with a link emailed to . Entries posted online should be downloadable.
  • Prose, poetry or poster entries may be emailed or posted, to arrive before the deadline.
  • Email entries to with ‘What have the Arts ever done for us? Competition’ in the subject line
  • Postal entries to:

What have the Arts ever done for us? Competition,
Faculty of Arts Deanery,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,
MK7 6AA,
United Kingdom

  • Video/animations

·.mov file format
·16:9 ratio
·Minimum of 1280×720 resolution
·H.264 compression at ideally no lower than 4000 kbits/sec (although ‘auto’ settings are normally fine)
·Sound should be in stereo if possible, however if size is an issue then switching to mono is acceptable.
·no longer than 2 minutes
·No bigger than 1GB in total file size

The small print:

  • Prize must be taken as offered and is not transferable or exchangeable for a cash equivalent.
  • This competition is open to all current and past students of The Open University.
  • Entries must be received by 23.59 GMT on the closure date (1 February 2016) to qualify.
  • The promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date and time for any reason.
  • It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure that their entry’s content is either free of copyright or cleared for copyright purposes with relevant permissions.
  • The winner will be selected from entries submitted by the closing date and time, and will be notified on 29 February 2016 or thereafter.
  • The Open University may use the winning entry for publicity purposes to include but not limited to any of the following: Press releases; Press advertisements; Case study material; Promotional literature including brochures, leaflets, prospectuses, newsletters and posters; Websites associated with the OU and other approved external websites; Television promotion and associated literature and Social media activities.
  • Entries are taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

About ouartsfaculty

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