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Design Challenge


The annual Design Challenge Competition gives students from any Further Education institutions UK-wide the opportunity to test and develop their marketing, production and design skills, based around an opera or ballet production.

The prize

Each college that enters Design Challenge has the opportunity to attend a live screening of the production at their local cinema, or to book subsidized tickets to a Schools' Matinee performance at the Royal Opera House.

The winners will get the chance to attend a special day at the Royal Opera House, including exhibiting their work, a backstage tour, a visit to a specific ROH department, and a Schools' Matinee performance.


The challenges

We are looking for entries in the following four categories:

1. Set design
2. Costume design
3. Marketing strategy and design
4. Hair, wigs, and make-up design

Director’s Visions

The Director’s Visions are a key element of Design Challenge and demonstrate the intrinsic relationship between a designer and a director. Students choose one of the five visions from the director which will help to focus and inform their design process.

Read the 2015/16 Director’s Visions here.

Judging process

Colleges will undertake their own shortlisting process, selecting finalists for each category.

Visit our judging page to watch a short video filled with advice from past judges.


Design Challenge receives generous philanthropic support from the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.