RSA Student Design Awards 2016 Competition

Publish Date: Mar 01, 2016

Deadline: Mar 10, 2016

Now in its 92nd year, the RSA Student Design Awards challenges emerging designers worldwide to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking.

The goal is to empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who understand the potential of design to benefit society. This is encouraged through a competition that challenges students and recent graduates to think differently about design, by tackling briefs focused on real-world problems.

The Briefs

The twelve briefs address important social, environmental and economic issues:
• Creative Conditions
• The Good Life
• Waste Not, Want Not
• Mind Your Money
• Sustainably Clean
• Fair Share
• AfricaPack
• Project Rural
• Inclusive Cities
• One Man’s Waste
• Making it Inclusive
• Moving pictures
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. The intellectual property rights (patents, registered designs, unregistered design right, copyright, etc.) of all designs submitted in the competition remain with the candidate.

Entry Fee

There is an entry fee of 35 GBP (approx. 50 USD). Reduced entry fee of 25 GBP (approx. 35 USD) before February 10, 2016.


Entries are welcome from students and new graduates worldwide. Candidates may beundergraduate or postgraduate engaged on courses at a college or university, or those who graduated no earlier than March 2015.


Winners of the RSA Student Design Awards are rewarded with cash prizes, paid industry placements and complementary RSA Fellowship to kick-start their careers.

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