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Think differently about design

The RSA Student Design Awards challenge emerging designers around the world to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking. Founded in 1924, we're the longest-running student competition in the world.

The RSA Student Design Awards is a global curriculum and annual competition for higher education students and recent graduates run by the RSA, a globally renowned charity committed to finding innovative, practical solutions to social problems.

Our goal is to empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who realise the potential of design to benefit society.

We do this by running a competition that challenges students and recent graduates worldwide to think differently about design, through tackling briefs focused on real-world problems. We work closely with industry partners to develop the briefs, we help colleges and universities embed them in their curricula, and we support participants through workshops and mentoring.

Winners are rewarded with cash prizes, paid industry placements, complementary RSA Fellowship and a range of other benefits to kick-start their careers.

We’re driven by our mission to enable, support and reward design that positively impacts the world. Since 1924 the RSA Student Design Awards has represented a growing voice for socially responsible design, with students participating in the UK and beyond.

Clip from an interview with Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA

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