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If you work in higher education and you’re using the RSA briefs in your curriculum, you can request a briefing from the RSA team.

These one hour sessions provide an overview of the RSA design principles, briefs and competition process. They include examples of winning work along with tips, advice and stories from alumni.

In-person and video briefings by the RSA team are subject to our availability, and in recent years, demand has outstripped our capacity - so we have made an online pack which will provide a session outline and a selection of film/image content tutors can select from to facilitate tailored briefing sessions.

Access online briefing pack

Request a video call briefing



The RSA Student Design Awards team can be booked to deliver bespoke sessions at your university conference or event. We regularly deliver talks and workshops on a range of topics including design education, design thinking, and design for social impact.

Please email enquiries to and we'll get in touch to discuss your requirements.


Aug 2020 – Briefs launch online + registration opens

Mon 25 Jan 2021 – Competition opens for submissions via

4 pm GMT, Wed 10 Feb 2021 – Deadline for Early Bird submission at reduced entry fee of £25

4 pm GMT, Wed 10 Mar 2021 – Final deadline for online registration and submission (£35 entry fee)

Mar - May 2021 – Judging (2 stages: shortlisting and interviews with finalists)

June 2021 – Awards Ceremony

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