14-19 Student Design Competition

Are your students brimming with talent and ideas? Would you like them to be recognised in a nationwide competition?

The Design Museum's 14-19 Student Design Competition provides a platform for young talent. Get your students started today!

Who can take part?

The competition is open to all young people aged 14 - 19 years who are currently studying on UK design courses, or who are passionate about design. Entries will be judged in two categories: 14-16 years and 17-19 years. Submissions must be made via a tutor or teacher. Please contact the learning team if you wish to submit an independent entry by calling +44 (0)20 7940 8782.



2015 Competition brief: CHANGING LIVES: Travel Migration and Mobility

In response to the museum’s forthcoming 2015 Designers in Residence exhibition, ‘Migration’, as well as its own relocation in 2016, this year’s brief is entitled: “CHANGING LIVES: Travel Migration and Mobility”.

This theme encourages students to consider how design can have a positive impact for people experiencing a change or journey. It challenges students to consider how they might develop design ideas that celebrate movement, transition, or relocation or promote a sense of togetherness and inclusion.

Students from either the 14-16 or 17-19 age categories can choose from four disciplinary briefs relating to the theme and develop final concept proposals focusing on one of the following:

Architecture/ Built Environment 3D Product/ Furniture Graphics/ Interactive Fashion/ Textiles

Alternatively, for the first time students aged 17-19 can elect to generate their own brief, by carefully interpreting the competition scenario with the museum considered as their ‘client.’

What do the tutors and parents say?

'Students get so much out of the whole process and produce some fantastic work. All of the students include the design sheets in their portfolios’ -Tutor feedback, 2013-14

'Several teachers have commented on what a great achievement it was for (my son) and how thrilled they were for him to be recognised by the Design Museum.' Parent feedback, 2014-15

How to enter

Each submission must include three A3 design sheets that cover the following:

  1. Visual Research
  2. Initial Ideas and Design Development
  3. Final Concept Proposal

All entries must be submitted electronically via a tutor or teacher.

Full details of submission requirements are included in the downloadable competition brief.

Submission deadline is 9:00 on Friday 15 January 2016

Past winners have said

'I entered thinking I would never win, but I worked really hard and did lots of research and I was very pleased to win.'

'I entered thinking I would never win, but I worked really hard and did lots of research and I was very pleased to win.' Winner, 2013-14

'I really enjoyed the whole experience and today’s (celebration event has) been great.' Winner, 2014-15