Participate in RSA Student Design Awards

University of Portsmouth, CCI students and graduates are being offered the opportunity to enter the RSA Student Design Awards and win up to £32,000, or a paid placement.

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), is an organisation created to enrich society through ideas and actions, and encourage creative capabilities.

The RSA Student Design Awards competition is now open for entries! University students and recent graduates are being called upon to enter the competition and challenge themselves to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues.

The competition asks applicants to explore how they could improve wellbeing in the workplace, design ways to improve sleep quality, make financial services more inclusive, redesign toys to eliminate waste, or one of the other eight briefs that make up the 2018 RSA Student Design Awards.

Awards include over £32,000 in cash prizes and paid placements at sponsoring organisations, which include a wide mix of charity and public sector partners, including: Natracare, Waitrose, Natwest, and the Office for Disability Issues.

The deadline for entries is the 14th of March, and applications cost £35 per entry, however if you apply before the 14th of February, you are eligible for an early bird special offer, meaning you pay just £25 to enter!

All current students, and student who graduated after March 2017 are eligible to enter, and you can find out more about the awards, and how to submit your entries here.

Each submissions is judged at the RSA House in London, by a tailored panel of designers and industry experts in 2 stages: anonymous shortlisting, followed by interviews with finalists.

Winning entrants receive practical and financial support to develop their careers, as well as a ‘stepping stone’ award at the Awards Ceremony, a large amount of media exposure, and a complementary RSA Fellowship.

If you have any enquiries, you can email, and you can follow the RSA on Twitter @RSADesignAwards, and Facebook.


Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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