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Student Design Awards

Student Design Awards

Think differently about design

The RSA Student Design Awards is a competition for emerging designers that’s been running since 1924.

We challenge students and recent graduates to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking.

Key dates 2020-21 

  • Aug 2020: Briefs launch, registration opens
  • 25 Jan 2021: Submissions open
  • 10 Feb, 4pm GMT: Early bird submissions deadline (£25 entry fee)
  • 10 Mar, 4pm GMT: Final submissions deadline (£35 entry fee)
  • Mar - May: Judging (2 stages: shortlisting and interviews with finalists)
  • 29 Jun: Awards ceremony

Design briefs

See all the 2020-21 design briefs

About the competition

Find out about more about the Awards.


Find out more about the judging process and the submission criteria.

Information for educators

Book briefings or bespoke sessions at your university.

News and events

See the latest news and events.

2019-20 winners

Find out more about the winners of the 2019-20 competition.


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