The Design Challenge 2014/15: Madama Butterfly
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 challenge gives students from Creative and Cultural Skills Academy Colleges the opportunity to test and develop their marketing, production and design skills. This year’s challenge is based on the opera Madama Butterfly.
Each college that enters the competition has the opportunity to attend the Schools’ Matinee of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House on Friday 27 March 2015. As part of their visit, students can watch the performance and learn more about the Royal Opera House production of the opera as well as visit the Design Challenge exhibition of shortlisted and winning entries. Students will also have the opportunity to hear advice and feedback from senior production and design staff at the Royal Opera House.
The winners of each category will have the chance to attend a tailor-made behind the scenes experience at the Royal Opera House that relates to their specialism. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the backstage areas of the theatre and meet top professionals in their field.
Additionally, there is a Director’s Choice award which may be awarded for an entry which fulfills and realizes their chosen Director’s vision in an exceptional way.
We’re looking for entries in the following four categories. Please click on the links for further information about each category and useful links and resources.
1. Set Design
The Director’s Visions
The Director’s Visions are a key element of the Design Challenge and demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between a designer and a Director. You will need to choose one of the four visions from the Director which will help to focus and inform your design process.
The Judging Process
This year, we are asking colleges to undertake their own shortlisting process with guidance from the Royal Opera House. Visit our judging page to watch a short video filled with advice from past judges and see full details of the judging timeline.
You will need to select your top entry for each category you wish to enter and submit this by post to the Royal Opera House by 25th February. This selection will be verified by the Royal Opera House before the finalists' entries are submitted. The winners will be chosen and announced on 27th March at the performance of Madama Butterfly.
15 January 2015: Submission Deadline - students to submit work for college judging
26th January - 13th February 2015: Judging completed by colleges identifying shortlisted entries including a visit from ROH representative
16th - 25th February 2015: College deadline to submit shortlisted entries to ROH
27 March 2015: Short listed entries are displayed at the Royal Opera House and winners announced at the Schools’ Matinee performance of Madama Butterfly.
Terms and Conditions
Please read our terms and conditions for further information.
The Design Challenge is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.