Pupil Design Awards

Pupil Design Awards

Inspiring social change through design thinking

The RSA Pupil Design Awardsis a free, national design award programme for secondary school and sixth-form pupils aged 11-17.

Participants are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to tackle real challenges to enable people, places and the planet to flourish in harmony.

This year represents a historic landmark for our celebrated design awards as we launch the 100th year of the Student Design Awards and 10th year of Pupil Desgin Awards.

For the past decade, these awards have nurtured participants’ design thinking skills to produce innovative, design-led solutions that address real-world social, environmental and commercial challenges. 

Key dates


  • 7 Sep: PDA briefs launched (register for a briefing session with the RSA team)
  • 27 Nov - 8 Dec: Free teacher training sessions and workshops


  • 5 Feb - 25 Mar: Mentor visits
  • 1 Mar: Submissions open
  • 29 Apr: Submissions close
  • 1 May - 31 May: Review period
  • Jun: Schools commended and awards ceremony

Design briefs

Read the design briefs for 2023-24.

Information and support

Find out how the RSA Pupil Design Awards work and what support we offer.

Entry requirements and judging

See the entry requirements, submission criteria and find out about the judging process.

Past winners

Find out about the winners of the 2022-23 competition.

Pupil Design Award Winners

See the winners of the 2022-23 Pupil Design Awards competition.

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