17 September 2012 at 12.04pm | Comment on this article
Are you a budding designer? Have you always fancied a career in marketing? Or do you love creating props and sets? We’re giving students of Skills Academy Founder Colleges the chance to showcase their talent and create designs for the opera Tosca with our Design Challenge competition.
We’re looking for talented people in five different categories: set design, costume design, marketing strategy, digital educational resource and hair, wigs and make-up design.
To enter, you could build a set in a model box, redesign a costume, or recreate a hair and makeup look.
Skills Academy Founder Colleges are located in all nine English regions and reach over 400,000 learners across 96 campuses. If you're one of those students and you’re feeling inspired to create something unique, visit the Design Challenge page for more information on how to enter.
Each college that enters the challenge has the opportunity to attend The Taylor Family Foundation Schools’ Matinee of Tosca at the Royal Opera House on Thursday 28 February. On that day, students will also be able to visit the Design Challenge exhibition of short-listed and winning entries.
Winners of the challenge get the chance to do work experience at the Royal Opera House. One of last year's winners, Hannah Davis, wrote about her experiences in our Marketing department.
"The Design Challenge provides an opportunity for young people to work to a brief," says Gabrielle Forster-Still, Education Manager, Royal Opera House Thurrock. "It allows them to try a project out in a safe environment, but while working to a professional standard."
The competition is open now and submissions will be accepted until 11 January 2013.