Instructional Technology Services

2021 CAIU Regional Media and Design Competition

When and Where:

Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
Time: 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Schedule of Events:

Judging will occur March 22-26, 2021
The Virtual Awards Ceremony will be held on March 29, 2021 between 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom


3D Design
Digital Movie
Logo and Graphic Design
Web Page Design

Specific Regional Rules:

  • All participants must register online at by March 19, 2021.
  • Entries will be limited to four projects per category per school.
  • Students may work individually or in groups. Groups will be limited to three students.
  • Students may participate individually or as a group. A student may submit an individual project and take part in a group project; however, the projects cannot be in the same category.
  • All entries must designate a faculty member or sponsor. All communication will go through that person. The faculty member or sponsor must accompany students to the regional and state competitions. All entries must register online and be submitted by the faculty member.
  • Registrations for the state competition will be submitted by the CAIU.

Copyright Requirements:

The Pennsylvania Media and Design Competition, although educational, removes the student work from the classroom and therefore requires the student to get permission from the owner to use any copyrighted music, video, graphics, etc. Fair use does NOT apply. Remember to credit music or items that were created by yourself or friends as well. 

Display boards or other items that are included with, but not part of, the project may not contain copyrighted material. Display boards are not judged for appearance; however, they will be inspected and can cause the project to be disqualified if copyrighted material is found. 

The Copyright Sign-off form, Project Narrative/Summary, and Photo Release form have been combined into one file for your convenience (PA Media and Design Participation Packet). This completed packet MUST accompany every project.


Narrative Description/Project Summary:

Each student must submit a narrative description/project summary with each entry into the PA Media and Design Competition. The PA Media and Design Participation Packet includes the document with instructions on what information to include. The summary will be the student's opportunity to provide judges with any background information they wish the judges to be aware of during the judging process. The summary will be placed with each project for the judges to read as they evaluate the student's entry. This summary should not be more than one page and must include the following items:

  • The project's objectives, vision, and/or overall purpose.
  • A list of the software applications used to create the project. List any additional equipment (scanners, digital camera, etc.) used in the creation of your project.
  • List the approximate time spent creating the project and name all contributors to the project.
  • If design elements/graphics are included, please describe where the elements originated. Please include citations of all design elements that are not original.
  • A brief description of the process used to create the project.
  • Any additional information the student feels the judges should be aware of while evaluating the project.


  • First, second, and third place winners will receive individual medals.
  • All participants will receive a participation certificate.
  • All first-place winners will advance to the State Competition.

Other Important Dates:

  • March 19, 2021 - All online registrations due for regional competition
  • March 29, 2021 - Regional Virtual Awards Ceremony via Zoom
  • May 25, 2021 - High School State Competition- location TBD
  • May 26, 2021 - Middle School State Competition- location TBD

Judging Criteria:

A minimum of two judges will view the project to determine a group of finalists.

Official Website:


Click here for directions to the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.
For additional information, please contact:

Jill Neuhard
Supervisor of Instructional Technology

(717)732-8400, Ext. 8406