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Now in its 93rd 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 twelve briefs address important social, environmental and economic issues:
• The Good Life 2.0
• Agile Ageing
• Circular Futures
• Mind Your Money
• Happy Birth Day
• Beyond Borders
• Wearing Intelligence
• Inclusive Living
• Learning for Life
• 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.
There is an entry fee of 35 GBP (approx. 42 USD). Reduced entry fee of 25 GBP (approx. 30 USD) before February 8, 2017.
Open to students and new graduates worldwide. Candidates may be undergraduate or postgraduate engaged on courses at a college or university, or those who graduated no earlier than March 2017.
Winners of the RSA Student Design Awards are rewarded with cash prizes, paid industry placements and complementary RSA Fellowship to kick-start their careers.