What is the RSA?
We are a global community of proactive problem solvers. We believe in a world where everyone is able to participate in creating a better future.
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This annual global competition for design students seeks to empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who understand the potential of design to benefit society.
The Student Design Awards (SDAs) challenge students and recent graduates to think differently about design, by tackling design briefs focused on real-world problems such as how we might make healthy eating appealing to young people, or design ways for people and communities to celebrate heritage. Since 1924, the RSA SDAs have represented a growing voice for socially responsible design, with over 100,000 students now participating in the UK and beyond.
Our awards provide an invaluable stepping stone for young designers who want to make their mark in the world. Our past winners include Richard Clarke (Vice President of Global Design for Nike) and Sir Jonathan Ive (Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple).
We believe that design is about more than making beautiful things, and can be used to solve problems and improve our lives and the lives of others.
Inspired by the RSA’s Student Design Awards, in the spring and summer of 2014, we ran the first Pupil Design Awards across three of our RSA Academies in the West Midlands. This is the first time that young teenagers still at school could learn and apply these design skills to real world problems.
Previous winners of the RSA Student Design Awards, who are all now forging their own paths into the design world, mentored the Academies students through the judging process, which became a meaningful connection for both.
The Royal Designers for Industry - 'RDI's were set up by RSA in 1936 to honour designers of excellence and promote the important contribution of design in manufacturing and industry -took yet another opportunity to inspire a younger generation. Our RDIs got involved in the judging process and kindly donating prizes and experiences for the winners.
We are interested in stimulating social innovation and have a long track record of work in the field of education.
For example, in 2008, we set up the RSA Academy in Tipton, a deprived area in West Midlands. Tipton is now part of a dynamic group of five schools all based in the same region; the growing Family of RSA Academies, now an independent charity with whom we have a long term partnership, to help raise standards as part of a broad curriculum that develops skills as well as knowledge.
RSA’s vision is that an excellent education is about more than passing a set of exams. The purpose of our Academies is to give young people a broad range of skills including creativity and leadership, as well as the knowledge, qualifications, and experiences they need to thrive in their continuing education and the world of work. We are building strong partnerships between the schools and with the RSA to improve teaching and learning, share and support innovation and connect teachers and learners to their communities beyond the school gate.
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