RSA Student Design Awards Workshops - RSA

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.

This year we’re inviting students and recent graduates (within one year) from around the world to participate in our free 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.

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

A Student Design Awards applicant

Apply to join our free online workshop series

16 November, 12:00-14:00 GMT / 14:00–16:00 CAT

New Paradigm Storytelling; A view from the Future

How can we craft impactful paradigm stories for a future where all can thrive? Join this imaginative storytelling workshop in collaboration with Yolanda Busbee Methvin.

5 December, 11.30 - 13.00 GMT

Being purposeful and playful in design

Join this interactive design workshop with design agency Bond and Coyne to look at how good problem solving should balance purpose and playfulness. The session will include design process advice and exercises to help keep your project outcomes exciting as well as pertinent.

13 December, 9:00-11:00 GMT, 20:00-21:00 AEDT

Stewards of place and planet

How might we create design proposals that do ‘more good’ rather than ‘less harm’, nurturing and adding value to the living systems our work sits within? Join this interactive workshop, in collaboration with Philipa Duthie, to adopt a regenerative approach and reconnect with ourselves, our communities, the places we live, and our planet.

14 December, 12:00-13:30 GMT

Design for Culture and communities

How can you build meaningful engagement with communities, build insights and apply this to your design interventions? Join this community building workshop, in collaboration with Parvinder Marwaha, to adopt approaches to designing collaboratively with value.

25 January 2024, 11:00 – 13:00 GMT

Visit Kew Gardens

Visit Kew Gardens for a free talk and tour to learn about the nature-based solutions and the joy of protecting the environment and strengthening communities. This will be followed by advice and time to further explore the gardens independently.

Please note - registration does not guarantee attendance.

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

More information on the Student Design Awards

  • Student Design Awards

    We invite young designers from across the globe to answer design briefs that focus on the most pressing social and environmental challenges.

  • Information for students

    By getting involved in the Student Design Awards you will be elevating your learning experience as you apply your creativity and innovation to a real-world problem.

  • Information for educators

    If you work in higher education and you’re using the RSA Student Design Awards briefs in your curriculum, you can request a briefing from the RSA team.

  • The design briefs

    We're challenging students and recent graduates to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking. See this year's design briefs.

  • Student Design Awards judging

    Find out about the judging process and criteria for the Student Design Awards.