The RSA Student Design Awards is an annual scheme now in its 89th year, which issues briefs to young designers to demonstrate how design can solve 21st century problems. The eight briefs this year covered social challenges ranging from tackling water pollution and waste reduction to improving working environments and commuting.
The winning entries received a year’s RSA Fellowship, which provides the students with access to the RSA’s Catalyst Fund and Skills Bank to further develop their projects. Worth over £30,000 in prize monies, that comprise cash awards and work placements, the RSA Student Design Awards provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers.
We recently attended the launch of the annual RSA Student Design Awards Competition, which was held at the RSA headquarters in London and was presented by Sevra Davis. In all, there are eight projects this year. The sponsors gave an overview and short presentation of the briefs, each of which address important social, environmental and economic issues.
About the RSA Student Design Awards
Through the Student Design Awards the RSA have been rewarding craft, ingenuity, insight, communication and social benefit for 88 years. The RSA issues briefs to young designers to demonstrate how the insights and processes of design can solve 21st century problems. They work with leading design educators to develop the skill and confidence of young professionals, while demonstrating to others the power of a design-led approach.
Work is judged on six criteria:
- Social and/or Environmental Benefit
- Design Thinking
- Commercial Awareness
See further details of the judging criteria beneath the briefs – which follow here: