Design Workshops

Design Workshops

Apply to join our free online workshop series

Since 1924, RSA Student Design Awards participants have risen to the challenges of their times.

In 2022-23, we’re inviting recent students and graduates from the last academic year from around the world to participate in our workshops to support your Student Design Awards projects and beyond.

Our workshops will introduce a range of different approaches, methods and tools, providing practical guidance for you to apply and continue exploring.

We will update this page with links to workshops that are currently TBC as and when details are confirmed.

So valuable being able to discuss a project together and bounce ideas off each other!

A Student Design Awards applicant

Register for our workshops below

1 DEC 11:00 - 13:00 GMT

Future thinking & hopeful imagination

How might we draw on our capacity for imagination to create hopeful alternatives for people and planet? Join this workshop to learn and adopt a future thinking approach. In collaboration with Nesta.

6 DEC 11:00 – 13:00 GMT

Seeing systemic opportunities

A key component to tackling social and environmental challenges is understanding interconnected and nested systems. Learn how to apply a systems thinking approach – a key part of the submission criteria. In collaboration with Design Council.

13 DEC 11:00 – 13:00 GMT

Community engagement for people & planet

How can you create meaningful engagement with communities, build insights and produce people-led interventions? We will discuss tools and methods to make change in communities to help people and planet. In collaboration with frog.

17 JAN 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

Applying a regenerative approach

Join us for an RSA webinar to learn about the principles of regenerative design and how to apply this across disciplines.

18 JAN 11:00 GMT

Kew Gardens visits

Visit Kew Gardens for a free talk from the Lead Horticulturalist to learn about the diversity of edible plants, followed by advice and time to further explore the gardens.

19 JAN 10:00–13:00 GMT

Power of storytelling: Animation workshop

How can animation be a tool for change? Learn how to use powerful content to tell stories visually through animation. This workshop is for first-time animators from across creative disciplines.


Creating compelling stories

How can you succinctly tell the story of your innovative SDA submission? Learn ways to best convey your ideas before the submission deadline. In collaboration with frog.

Please note - registration does not guarantee attendance.

If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected].

RSA Student Design Awards

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