The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates run by the RSA. Each year the Awards challenge emerging designers to tackle a range of design briefs focused on pressing social, environmental and economic issues.
The goal of this Design Award is to empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who understand the potential of design to benefit society. It challenges students and recent graduates to think differently about design, by tackling briefs focused on real-world problems.
This competition includes 8 different briefs that bring together a range of thematic research areas, including:
• Working Well
• Sleep Matters
• Fair Play
• The Hygienic Home
• Fair Finance for All
• Eat, Share, Live
• Wearing Intelligence 2.0
• Moving Pictures
• all entries must be submitted through our online entry system
• please ensure that none of your submission files exceed 10MB – this is the maximum size for each individual file / board when you submit online
For all briefs EXCEPT the ‘Moving Pictures’ brief, the submission requirements are:
• 1 x A3 PDF Hero Image with 1 Sentence Description - a singular ‘poster image’ that conveys the essence of your project, and includes a 1 sentence strapline or description. Your hero image should aim to bring your concept to life – make sure it is vibrant and engaging.
• 1 x A3 PDF Big Idea Summary – a single A3 PDF page describing your ‘Big Idea’ in less than 250 words. This should clearly explain what your solution is, the specific area of need it addresses, and how you arrived at the solution.
• 4 x A3 PDF Boards Outlining Your Proposal – 4 pages describing your proposal and demonstrating that you have met the six judging criteria. Each board should include a heading. Number each board in the top right hand corner, in the order they should be viewed by the judges.
• 10 x A3 PDF Pages of Supporting Material – Up to 10 A3 PDFs of additional material illustrating your development process – this could include scanned pages of your sketchbook or computer modelling/sketches (if applicable).
• Optional YouTube/Vimeo and website links – Please note that we cannot guarantee supporting films and websites will be viewed at the shortlisting stage. If you have created digital materials, we recommend referencing them (for example by including labelled film stills or website screen grabs) in your 4 main PDF boards.
• For the 2017/18 ‘Working Well’ brief ONLY: 1-2 page A3 PDF Business Case – You must also submit a business case in addition to the requirements above. The business case should not exceed two pages and may include diagrams and/or charts as appropriate.
Submissions are accepted from both individuals and teams. Some projects may be more suited to teamwork than others. There is no set number of people that can be part of a team, but generally team entries comprise 2 or 3 people.
Submissions can be entered from 15th January 2018 to 14th March 2018!
For entrants submitting their work before or on 14 February 2018, the entry fee is charged at the reduced early bird rate of £25 per entry. After 14 February 2018 and until the final submission deadline on 14 March 2018, the entry fee is £35. Universities have the option pay for students entries.
The competition is open to current students and new graduates from anywhere in the world. Both individual and group entries are eligible. Candidates may be undergraduate or postgraduate engaged on courses at a college or university, or those who graduated in or after March 2017.
Winners are rewarded with cash prizes, paid industry placements, complementary RSA Fellowship and a range of other benefits to kick-start their careers. Different cash prizes are available for each brief.
For all further informations about the RSA Student Design Awards 2018 visit the following official website here.