Student Design Awards information for educators

University briefings

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. In recent years demand has outstripped our capacity, so we have made an online pack which provides a session outline and a selection of film/image content tutors can select from to facilitate tailored briefing sessions.

Voucher codes  

We have a simple voucher code system for schools that would like to pay for students’ entries. Complete our web form and we’ll send you a code to distribute to your students – they then enter it at the payment point when completing the online competition submission form. Our team will send you a single invoice to collect payment for the total number of voucher code entries you request. 

Bespoke talks and workshops

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 [email protected] and we'll get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Global bursary

In 2020, we introduced a global needs-based bursary fund which covered the entry fee for applicants outside of the United Kingdom who would otherwise have been unable to participate. This bursary is once more available with a deadline of February 21 2022 at 11:59 GMT. Students can learn more and apply for a bursary here.

Key dates 2021-22 

  • Sep 2021: Briefs launch, registration opens
  • 24 Jan 2022: Submissions open
  • 9 Feb, 4pm GMT: Early bird submissions deadline (£25 entry fee)
  • 9 Mar, 4pm GMT: Final submissions deadline (£35 entry fee)
  • Mar - May: Judging (2 stages: shortlisting and interviews with finalists)
  • 29 Jun: Awards ceremony
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RSA Student Design Awards

Our competition for emerging designers who want to make a difference.