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Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition™

for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students


Am I eligible?

Students who enter must:

  • be in grades 9 - 12 at time of entry.
  • be deaf or hard of hearing.
  • have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to participate.
  • have a teacher’s recommendation.
  • submit a copy of his or her high school transcript.
  • sign a statement that their work is original and no copyrighted materials are used in their submission.
  • have appropriate permission forms, if required by their school district.

Artwork must be submitted by postal mail at the same time as the entry form packet. Students may submit a total of two entries, however, the two entries must be from different categories. A separate CD/DVD needs to be submitted for each entry.

What do I need to do?

Students must:

  • submit artwork on a CD or DVD by postal mail.
  • submit a separate DVD/CD for each entry.
  • complete and submit the application form.
  • have a sponsoring teacher complete the recommendation section on the entry form.
  • submit a 150-300 word descriptive essay of the processes used for their project.
  • submit work that is their own original creative design.
  • submit work that is original, not copied from photographs, images, clip art, or other resources that are not original.
  • submit artwork that is an individual work, not part of a class project.
  • give RIT permission to use names, submitted images, likenesses and voices for possible promotion.

What are the competition categories?

Interactive Media

Interactive media pieces use a combination of graphics, animation, text and user controls in a computer-based environment. The goal of interactive media is to allow people to interact with the image on the screen, controlling what happens. Two examples of widely used interactive media pieces are DVD menus and computer games. Interactive media pieces should be submitted in a Macintosh compatible file format. Self-running interactive media pieces are preferred.

Graphic Media

Graphic media pieces are two-dimensional pieces that are created using a combination of graphic elements, including: typography, graphics and computer generated imagery that is used for printed materials. Graphic media pieces are intended to deliver a message to an audience. Some examples of graphic media pieces include: logo design, illustrations, technical illustration, advertising posters, product labels, and fine art illustration. Graphic media entries should be submitted using a .PDF file format.

Photo Imaging (formerly Photo Illustration)

Photo imaging is a single image that uses photographic imagery that is combined to create a composition. Successful photographic imaging pieces are photos that have some aspect of digital manipulation, such as airbrushed, collage, and manipulated using various digital techniques. The goal of a piece created for photo imaging should achieve a visually interesting and unified composition. Some examples of photo imaging include advertisements that are digitally altered and photographs that have been retouched digitally. Photo imaging entries must be submitted using a .PDF file format. Please also include the original images before alteration, or the original images that were used as part of a composition for judging purposes. All photos must be shot by the photographer, not taken from the internet or another source.

Web Page Design

Web page design is the art of creating a visually appealing, easy-to-use web page. Successful web page designs are complete, functional web pages that have good, consistent layouts, use of hypertext links, images, and use web coding. Web page design entries should be submitted as a compressed file that includes all files and images used to create the web page.


Film pieces are essentially sequences of moving images viewed at high speed that, when seen by the eye, give the illusion of motion to tell a story. Successful film pieces show visually creative ways of expressing a story using time and motion. Techniques used to create film, such as camera operation, storytelling techniques, lighting, and editing will be part of the judging criteria. Film entries must be submitted as a QuickTime .MOV file.

3-D Animation

3-D animation works using the same fundamental concepts of film. With 3-D animation, all elements are created using 3-D and 2-D computer graphics software. This kind of animation is used when individual elements interact with each other to tell a story using time and motion within a true 3-D space on the computer. 3-D modeling techniques, animation controls, storytelling methods, and time-based motion are all part of the judging criteria for this category. All 3-D entries must be submitted as a QuickTime .MOV file.