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The RSA Student Design Awards 2019/20 are closed – thank you to everyone who entered! 

We are now preparing the entries for judging, which kicks off on Thursday 19 March.  

The shortlisted entrants will be announced on the Student Design Awards news page of our website throughout the shortlisting period (19 March – 2 April) and the winners will be announced in May, so please stay tuned.  


How does the judging work?

Each RSA brief is judged by a curated panel of experts.

The judging of each RSA Student Design Awards brief happens offline, in two stages.  

The first stage is shortlisting (19 March - 2 April), where the judging panels meet at the RSA to view all the submissions anonymously, deliberate together, and draw up a shortlist. The panel usually shortlists between 5 – 7 projects for each brief, and we will email all shortlisted entrants directly to let them know. 

The second stage is a series of interviews (running from 20 April- 7 May), where shortlisted entrants are invited to the RSA to discuss their competition entry and some of their other work with the judging panel. We are happy to conduct interviews via video call where people can’t make it in person. Detailed information about the judging process. 


When will the shortlisted entrants and winners be announced? 

We will announce the shortlisted entrants on the news page of our website throughout the shortlisting period (19 March – 2 April) and the winners will be announced in late May. The winning and commended entries will be featured on the SDA Winners page of our website and in our Facebook gallery, and we’ll have a big Awards celebration at the RSA on Thursday 2 July. (Before then, take a look at last year’s award ceremony!)


That’s all for now - you can follow @RSADesignAwards on Twitter for updates throughout the judging process, and as always, you can ping us an email at [email protected] if you have any further questions.