Temporary Banners

The University of Virginia is designated as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. UNESCO defines World Heritage Sites as “places on Earth that are of outstanding universal value to humanity” and must be protected for the future. To honor and preserve UVA’s historical significance, the University has rules and processes that direct how temporary banners, light pole banners and other displays are used on and around Grounds. (There are separate rules for Light Pole Banners).

NOTE: Banners are only allowed at selected locations. Banners of any kind are not to be hung on facilities, building columns, structures or trees.

Some University units and schools use approved, temporary banners to advertise events, such as the Virginia Film Festival. All banner requests are handled by the UVA Branded Environment Working Group comprised of representatives from University Communications, Facilities Management and the Office of the University Architect.

Before submitting your request, identify the location to display your banner. Temporary banners are only allowed at selected locations. A list of approved locations is below.

Example of a temporary banner hanging on a bridge.

Temporary banners may be placed in one of three approved locations listed below.

Note that these bridges are the only approved sites for temporary banners on or around Grounds:

  • Ridley Bridge
  • Goodwin Bridge
  • The South Lawn Bridge

Banners can be displayed on one or both sides of the bridge. If displayed on both sides of the bridge, the designs must be identical.

Below you will see examples of different banner designs. Please use this as a guide to identify which type of event your banner will feature when submitting your request to the Branded Environment Working Group.

  1. Review the different options on this page for temporary banners and approved locations.

  2. Download the temporary banner templates.

  3. Create your temporary banner using the templates by adding your event details and images.

  4. Fill out the temporary banner request form and upload your design.

  5. Your request will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis by the UVA Branded Environment Working Group.

  6. If your request is approved, Facilities Management will print and install your temporary banner.

Please submit your request at least four weeks in advance of the requested installation date.

NOTE: Banners are only allowed at selected locations. Banners of any kind are not to be hung on facilities, building columns, structures or trees. UVA Facilities Management is the only approved entity to print, install and remove banners on Grounds. A 1/4" bleed is required. Files must be scaled at 1/2 or 1/4 the final printed size and indicated so in the file name. For example, "Banner_HalfScale.pdf."

This design system should be used when you don’t have your own artwork to create a banner. These banners are designed to communicate the University’s brand identity while displaying event details through a clean, information-centric approach. The size of official University event banners is 192”x48”.

The two options are:

  1. Typographic approach 
  2. Photographic approach

NOTE: A 1/4" bleed is required. Files must be scaled at 1/2 or 1/4 the final printed size and indicated so in the file name. For example, "Banner_HalfScale.pdf."

Example of a temporary banner with a typographic approach.

This clean, simplified design has two potential executions: a white background with UVA Blue and UVA Orange text, or UVA Blue background with UVA Orange and knocked-out (white) text. Both feature a subtle brand art treatment and various typographic approaches.

Example of a temporary banner with a photographic approach.

This design includes the option to incorporate a photo into the banner layout. If including a photo in your banner layout, select an image that is simple and easy to read.

This design system includes two components, both of which incorporate simplified University branding, implying affiliation without distracting from the banner’s primary message. While the overall size of banners is 192”x48”, the live area available for art varies and is listed below.

The two options are:

  1. Right logo tag
  2. Horizontal logo tag

NOTE: A 1/4" bleed is required. Files must be scaled at 1/2 or 1/4 the final printed size and indicated so in the file name. For example, "Banner_HalfScale.pdf."

Example of a logo on the right for a temporary banner.

With a right logo tag there is a live area of 155” high x 48” wide for supplied art. Art supplied for use on banners must be approved by the University’s Branded Environment Working Group.

Example of a Temporary banner with a horizontal logo.

With a horizontal logo tag there is a live area of 192” high x 36” wide for supplied art. Art supplied for use on banners must be approved by the University’s Branded Environment Working Group.