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"The moment the RSA brief dropped on my lap my career took a big left turn – in the best possible way"

Today sees the release of a new documentary film, ‘The RSA Student Design Awards: A Student’s Story’, following one student’s journey through the 2015/16 competition and exploring the life-changing impact of the Awards through interviews with past winners.

The annual RSA Student Design Awards curriculum and competition – now in its 93rd year – challenges university students around the word to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking. Winners are rewarded with financial support, paid internships at sponsoring organisations and industry connections to launch their careers, joining a roll-call of eminent alumni that includes Apple design chief Jonathan Ive, fashion designer Betty Jackson, and Nike’s innovation lead Richard Clarke.

Film director and RSA Fellow Paul Wyatt provides an inspirational insight into the experience of participating in the RSA Student Design Awards, combining behind-the-scenes footage from the judging and awards ceremony with candid reflections from 2015/16 finalists, judges and alumni.

The RSA Student Design Awards: A Student's Story from RSA Student Design Awards on Vimeo.

The 2016/17 RSA Student Design Awards launched last month with 12 challenges, including designing ways to foster inter-cultural understanding (‘Beyond Borders’), increase mental agility in older age (‘Agile Ageing’) and rethink Fast Moving Consumer Goods for a circular economy (‘Circular Futures’).

View and download the 2016/17 competition briefs

Currently enrolled students on any higher education course around the world are eligible to enter, as well as graduates who have graduated within the last year.

The competition will open for submissions via on 18 January 2017, and the final deadline for entries is 8 March 2017 – in the meantime, prospective entrants can register here, and follow @RSADesginAwards for updates. 


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