The Design Challenge is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.
The Design Challenge 2013: The Sleeping Beauty
Now in its fourth year, the 2013 challenge gives students from National Skills Academy Founder Colleges the opportunity to test and develop their marketing, production and design skills. This year’s challenge is based on the ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
We’re looking for entries in the following five categories. Click on each link for an information sheet for each challenge.
1. Set Design
The Director’s Visions
The Director’s Visions are a new addition to the Design Challenge and demonstrate the key 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.
- 24 Jan 2014: Submission Deadline
- 27 Jan – 14 Feb 2014: Judges from the Royal Opera House visit each college to short list the entries.
- 19 March 2014: Short listed entries are displayed at the Royal Opera House and winners announced at the Schools’ Matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty.
Each college that enters the challenge has the opportunity to attend the Schools’ Matinee of The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 19 March. On this day, students can watch the performance and learn 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 will be given feedback from senior production and design staff at the Royal Opera House.
The overall winners of the challenge will have the opportunity to have 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.
Terms and Conditions
Please read our terms and conditions for further information.
Further resources and sources of inspiration for your designs will be added soon.
The Design Challenge 2012: Tosca
The 2012 challenge gave students from National Skills Academy Founder Colleges the opportunity to test and develop their marketing, production and design skills focusing on Puccini’s Tosca.
We looked for entries in the following five categories. Click on each link for more information sheet about each challenge.
1. Set Design
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.