Design Competition 2021


What’s this competition about?

Ever wondered how you could make an impact while exhibiting your work to a large audience? Want the opportunity to showcase your unique design on our cards website? Continue reading to find out how you could win a fully-paid one day trip around Melbourne or a two-week work experience at an up and coming social enterprise! 

Cards for a Cause’s design competition is back bigger and better than ever - this time open to high school students! This is a great opportunity to expand your portfolio and display your artwork within the art and design community of Melbourne. Most importantly, your design could improve the lives of underrepresented students in Victoria! 

Theme - What do you want to be in the future?

We encourage students to reflect on and learn how to shape their path to align with their aspirations!

Who Can Apply?

We invite anyone passionate about design that is currently enrolled in Years 7-12 at a Victorian high school to submit your own Myki sticker artwork! 


22nd October - Submissions open

  • Q&A on Instagram page
  • Exclusive access to the Design Workshop where you can hear from past winners and ask them any burning questions
21st November - Submissions close
22nd - 28th November - Judging & polls
29th November - Winners announced
  • Announcement of winners
  • Showcase of submissions

    Submission Requirements

    • Design uploaded using the template canvas as a PNG with a max size of 10 MB
      • Hand drawn designs are welcome, however the image must be scanned in high resolution
      • Don’t need to put the myki logo in the bottom left corner
    • Mandatory: 150 word description of how your design links to the topic and your aspirations in general OR a 2 minute video describing you, your aspirations, designs, creative process, etc.
    • Maximum of three designs per person or group

    Submissions are now OPEN!

    Judging Criteria

    At the end of the competition, three winners will be chosen based on the following criteria. 

    Cards’ favourite

    • Based on likes/reactions of our followers on the Cards Instagram page

    Most inspiring

    • Based on the description or video

    Artistic talent

    Judged by current MSD students and previous winners of our Design Competition

    • Creativity, uniqueness and originality of how you depict your aspirations
    • Interpretation and clarity of your aspirations to the viewer
    • Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme.
    • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole?



    Winners may choose to receive either Package A, Package B, or a “mix and match” of their choice.

    All Packages receive 

    • $50 gift card 
    • Your design sold on the Cards for a Cause online store
    • Exposure through our 1.6k+ following of local and professional artists in Melbourne through our social media accounts.

    Package A

    Package B

    Mix and match

    A fully paid one-day trip in Melbourne including:

    • Tours of the arts precincts
    • Visit to the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne guided by a current student.
    • Meeting with an emerging young designer

    A two-week work experience at a social enterprise of your choice. You will learn about how you can turn your aspirations to change the world into reality. Benefits include: 

    • A letter of recommendation from the Project Leaders of the social enterprise
    • A reference for your resume
    • Opportunities to share your learnings through exposure on social media channels

    Based on your personal interests and future aspirations, we will tailor your prize package. This could look like:

    • An immersive in-person experience in Melbourne, with the goal of helping you to identify how you can achieve your future aspirations
    • Exclusive meeting with a professional in a field of your choice, through our extensive networks at the University of Melbourne


    If there are any further questions please feel free to email us at or dm us on instagram