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RSA Student Design Awards 2020-2021 Competition

The RSA has announced the briefs for the 2020-2021 competition for the RSA Student Design Awards, with a series of eight design briefs.

The RSA Student Design Awards is a global competition that challenges students to apply their skills and creativity in tackling today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.

The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled at any higher education institution, college or university anywhere in the world. New graduates can also enter within a year of graduating, and we accept entries from individuals and teams.

The eight briefs for the 2020-2021 competition are:

  • Redistributing health – How might we design systems that provide seamless and cost-effective access to quality health services for underserved communities?
  • A new leaf – How might we utilise local woodland resources to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic activity?
  • Bridging the divide – How might we harness social media to bridge societal divides by supporting social connection, collective action and reducing polarisation?
  • The right to breathe – How might we ensure that everyone living in areas with poor air quality is guaranteed their right to clean air?
  • Material world – How might we apply biomimicry to create textiles, processes or systems that enhance nature?
  • Home sweet home – How might we harness age-friendly design to ‘future-proof’ homes so they are sustainable, safe and inclusive places to live and enjoy?

Responses can come from any discipline or combination of disciplines, and can take any form – from product, communication and service proposals to spatial, environmental and experience solutions.

The RSA Student Design Awards is a competition for emerging designers that’s been running since 1924.

RSA Student Design Awards 2020-2021 – Entry Fees

  • Early bird rate – for entrants submitting their work before 4:00pm 10 February 2021, the entry fee is charged at the reduced early bird rate of £25 per entry
  • Standard Rate – after 10 February 2021 and until the final submission deadline at 4:00pm 10 March 2021, the entry fee is £35.