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The Design Challenge is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.

The Design Challenge 2013: The Sleeping Beauty

The 2013 Design Challenge gave students from National Skills Academy Founder Colleges the opportunity to test and develop their marketing, production and design skills based on the ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

The Challenges

We invited entries in the following five categories. Click on each link for an information sheet for each challenge.

1.       Set Design

2.       Costume Design

3.       Marketing Strategy

4.       Digital Learning Resource

5.       Hair, Wigs and Make up Design

The Director’s Visions

The Director’s Visions were a new addition to the Design Challenge, designed to demonstrate the key relationship between a designer and a Director. Entrants chose one of the four visions from the Director, which informed their design process.

Read the Director’s Visions here.

The Prize

Each college that entered the challenge had the opportunity to attend the Schools’ Matinee of The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 19 March. Students watched the performance and learnt more about the Royal Opera House production of the ballet, as well as visit the Design Challenge exhibition of short-listed and winning entries. Students were given feedback from senior production and design staff at the Royal Opera House.

The overall winners of the challenge will enjoy a tailor-made behind-the-scenes experience at the Royal Opera House that relates to their specialism. This will be a fantastic opportunity for them to visit the backstage areas of the theatre and meet top professionals in their field.


 

The Design Challenge 2012: Tosca

The 2012 challenge focused on Puccini’s Tosca, inviting entries in the following five categories. Click on each link for more information sheet about each challenge.

1.       Set Design

2.       Costume Design

3.       Marketing Strategy

4.       Digital Educational Resource

5.       Hair, Wigs and Make up Design

The Prize

Each college that entered the challenge had the opportunity to attend the Schools’ Matinee of Tosca at the Royal Opera House on Thursday 28 February. Students watched the performance and visited the Design Challenge exhibition of short-listed and winning entries, following which students were given feedback from senior production and design staff at the Royal Opera House.

The overall winners also had a tailor-made behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Opera House, relating to their specialism.