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Alex Marker, set designer

Alex Marker designs sets for theatre productions. He discusses how to make them realistic spaces and represent the context of the play. He also shares his five tips for getting started in set design.


Sarah Holden, graphic design assistant

After graduating with a degree in illustration, Sarah Holden decided to focus more on design. She now works as a graphic design assistant and also a print maker, putting on collaborative exhibitions. She explained her role and how to get into design.


Amelia took on internships and freelance work before launching her own magazine.

Amelia Gregory, magazine art director

Amelia is the art director and founder of Amelia's Magazine, which posts on art, design, music and fashion. She commissions work from illustrators and is in charge of the magazine's look and feel.


Claire Durrant, user experience designer

Claire's entry into user experience design was borne out of a passion for making products and services better for people to use. She explains how she got there without having to go to university and offers advice for becoming a user experience designer.


Lily's work covers an entire design process, from taking a brief from a client to launching a finished website.

Lily Dart, web designer

As a graphic and web designer for digital design company dxw, Lily works with clients from design brief to finished website.


Nikki helps understand the needs of the client and works with the designers to deliver the right solution.

Nikki Barker, client services director

Nikki started off in branding and print design. After realising her skills were more people- and process-focused, she moved over into client services.


Sevra Davis and Rebecca Ford accepted the award on behalf of the team. Credit: James Fletcher

RSA Student Design Awards team

The RSA Student Design Awards have been running for 93 years, helping young designers develop their skills and gain employment. In 2017 the team behind the programme were awarded the Creative & Cultural Skills Design Skills Award.


Miri Birch, costume supervisor

Miri Birch studied design for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has now overseen the costuming of shows for a number of theatre companies.


Lynton pursued an interest in art and design throughout his education, and learned software from an early age.

Lynton W Palmer, junior designer

Lynton landed a job as a junior designer soon after graduating in Graphic Communication. He works on branding and graphic design at Spring.


epitype are involved in all sorts of design – so much so that it can be hard to narrow it down to just one area.

Martin Roach, group creative director

Martin started out in information design, but soon broadened his offering to other areas of communication design. After working both in-house and for agencies, he founded Epitype.




Steve Bamford, artist and scenic constructor

Steve builds and often designs scenery for theatre, film and television production companies. He has worked on films such as City of Ember and HBO’s Game of Thrones.


Multiadaptor have designed websites, logos, graphic materials and iPhone apps for a range of high profile brands.

Andy West, creative director

After a year in his first design job, Andy co-founded brand design agency Multiadaptor. With a small team, the company has worked for the BBC, Swarovski, and many other high-profile brands.


Kate Unwin, set and costume designer

Kate Unwin is a freelance set and costume designer. Her work is split between home, where she designs, and the theatres where her designs are built.


Naomi Gibbs, costume designer

After playing bass in a rock band, Naomi Gibbs now works as a costume designer.


Vicky Grubb, upholsterer

Vicky's love of upholstery began with night classes at her local college. She now runs her own studio, teaching upholstery classes and taking commissions for work. Vicky outlines her career journey and how you can get into upholstery.


As a senior designer for London studio BERG, Alex handles visual branding and user experience design, and will often oversee the development

Alex Jarvis, user experience designer

Alex works at design consultancy and product design company BERG. His work mixes product and graphic design with user experience work.


Although Simon didn't have a background in digital marketing or design, he was able to learn on the job as part of the graduate Although Sim

Simon Webb, digital account manager

Simon works for a global digital marketing agency. He got into account management through a graduate scheme, offering him a structured introduction to his career.


Emma's collections are inspired by the decor and buildings of the Victorian era.

Emma Turpin, designer and maker

Emma Turpin set up her own jewellery brand after graduating with a degree in Jewellery. As well as designing her collections, she works at a gallery as an assistant jeweller.


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