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British Journal of Aesthetics’ 2012 Cover Design Competition

The British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA) holds a competition each year open to students on full-time undergraduate or graduate courses at art and design schools or in fine art/design departments in any country to design a cover for the journal, which is published by Oxford University Press (OUP), both in print and online.

This year’s competition is open for entries and all eligible candidates are invited to submit.

The winning design will be used on the cover of the October 2012 issue of the British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA) and the winner will receive lots of other prizes.

Competition to Design A Cover for The British Journal Of Aesthetics

The specific brief for this year’s competition is to design a cover for a Special Issue on The Senses, which will explore connections between and connecting parts of the philosophy of perception and aesthetics.

The overall cover design includes an image, generally a black & white photograph of a sculpture or a detail from a print. It is normally but not necessarily a monochrome image. Entries to the competition will consist in a .jpeg or .tiff containing an image, and a cover design incorporating the image, which can be assembled using a template that can be downloaded here (the template is available in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). You will also find the covers of recent issues on this page.

The winning design will be used on the cover of the October 2012 issue of the BJA. The issue will carry a half-page about the winner and his or her work. The winner will receive 5 printed copies of the issue featuring their design, and will also be invited to choose £150-worth of books published by OUP, free of charge. The winner and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email in June 2012.

Founded in 1960, the British Journal of Aesthetics is highly regarded as an international forum for debate in philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The Journal is published to promote the study and discussion of philosophical questions about aesthetic experience and the arts.

To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or graduate course at an art school on 30 January 2012.