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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

The Prize

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.

The Challenges

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

2.      Costume Design

3.      Marketing Strategy

4.      Hair, Wigs and Make up 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.

Read the Director’s Visions here.

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 25 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 27 March at the performance of Madama Butterfly.

Key Dates

15 January 2015:
Submission Deadline - students to submit work for college judging

26 January - 13 February 2015:
Judging completed by colleges identifying shortlisted entries including a visit from ROH representative

16 - 25 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 receives generous philanthropic support from The Wilhelm Helmut Trust and Richard and Polly Hill