Graduate Student Competition


The competition encourages the submission of graduate student creative works. The competition welcomes entries in any language as long as English subtitles or transcripts (for audio projects) are included.

Entries must be created as part of a graduate student project, either curricular or co-curricular in nature.

You are eligible to enter the Graduate Competition if…

You are a current BEA Graduate Student Member

You were a student seeking a graduate degree from a university or college during the applicable completion window (see competition rules for details) and the project was initiated and completed during this time frame.

Entries completed while seeking a graduate degree by then part-time or full-time faculty members are not eligible to enter the Graduate Competition; please submit your entry to the proper BEA Festival Faculty competition.


  • The graduate completion window is one year only between December 15, 2021 to December 15, 2022.

The Graduate Competition is open to graduate students who completed their entry while enrolled in a graduate program at a college or university.

Predominant Authorship and Originality: The Festival of Media Arts invites submissions of original creative works in which the entrant maintained predominant authorship over the project’s content and aesthetics (producing, directing, writing, editing, etc.). Entries produced in collaboration with a faculty member should be entered in the appropriate Festival Faculty competition.

The entrant agrees that all licenses, copyrights, and permissions have been cleared to ensure that the submission can legally and ethically be presented at the BEA Festival of Media Arts and online at the BEA website. If an entity other than the entrant owns the rights to all or part of the submitted program, the entrant must attach written consent from the owner or an authorized representative of the owner to the entry form.

Global entries not in English must have English subtitles or transcripts for audio submissions.

For any graduate competition queries, please contact: Dr. Tom Hallaq,

Please read the Graduate Competition Rules to verify that your entry meets all eligibility requirements for submission.