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RSA Student Design Awards 2019/2020 Competition

The 2019/2020 competition briefs for the RSA Student Design Awards have been announced and the competition has been scheduled.

The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and competition for emerging designers that’s been running since 1924. Students and recent graduates are challenged to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking.

The Awards include over £30,000 in cash prizes and paid placements. Winners also receive practical support from the RSA and their partners, and join a global community of alumni that includes Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive, digital public services mastermind Ben Terrett and Forbes ’30 Under 30’ social entrepreneurs Elena Dieckmann and Ryan Robinson.

2019/2020 Challenges

The challenges for the 2019/2020 competition are:

  1. AI 100 — How might we use AI to support people to reach a happy, meaningful and productive one hundred year life?
  2. Cultivating Community — How might we reimagine common spaces to build diverse communities through food?
  3. Make Fashion Circular — How might we use circular design principles to innovate the way we produce, use and access everyday clothing items?
  4. Healthy Routes — How might we make active travel accessible to the ageing population that will, in turn, make it better for all?
  5. Branching Out — How might we harness broad-leaved woodlands and their resources to increase their local economic, social and environmental value?
  6. A Platform for Joy — How might we unlock joy for people at train stations?
  7. Just about Managing — How might we enable households and families to be more economically secure?
  8. Dignity in Displacement — How might we support displaced individuals to find hope, dignity and safety to rebuild their lives?
  9. Moving Pictures — Conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of the two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content.


The competition is open to currently enrolled students and new graduates from anywhere in the world. Responses can come from individuals and teams, and any discipline or combination of disciplines – from product, communication and service proposals to spatial and environmental solutions.

About The RSA

The RSA Student Design Awards is a competition run by the RSA, a registered charity in England and Wales (212424) and Scotland (SC037784).

RSA Student Design Awards 2019/2020 Competition – Entry Fees

  • Early Bird Rate – for entrants submitting their work before or on 12 February 2020, the entry fee is charged at the reduced early bird rate of £25 per entry.
  • Standard Rate – after 12 February 2020 and until the final submission deadline on 11 March 2020, the entry fee is £35.