Live briefs and competitions

Opportunities to work on live briefs and competitions are regularly circulated via our member newsletters and promoted on our website. We offer both UK-wide and local competitions, all developed uniquely with industry partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Image: Simon Mills, Photos by Si
Image: Simon Mills, Photos by Si

The following major initiatives are highlighted as our key programmes in 2016/17:

14-19 Student Design Competition – Design Museum

Our partnership competition with the Design Museum in 2016/17 provides a platform for young talent, and is open to young people who are currently studying on UK design courses, or who are passionate about design.

Students from all relevant courses, across design disciplines, will have the chance to showcase their talent, having their work recognised by the museum and professional designers at the top of their game through a national awards event.

National Skills Academy education partners are able to access a free CPD day, extending educators’ professional networks and stimulating new ideas, and access support through our members’ speakers programme.

Touring Set Design Challenge – Welsh National Opera

This year we’re giving students the opportunity to work on a large-scale set design brief with Welsh National Opera. The Set Design Challenge will be launched in April, ready for a design period from September.

Skills Academy members have access to information about stage plans, the Director’s vision and other useful information to assist students with their entry prior to submission.

The Five-Minute Film Challenge – British Council and Spectaculu (Brazil)

Following on from last year’s successful pilot there is another opportunity to make a five minute film inspired by a piece of work.

Linking students across the world, our next stimulus will be a Brazilian piece celebrating the 120 years since the death of influential composer Carlos Gomes.

Live Performance Call Out – Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference 2017

Once again Creative & Cultural Skills will be looking for young bands, musicians and performers (aged 14-24) to be part of our National Conference and Awards Dinner.

We will be looking for proposals from the National Skills Academy network to provide acts over two events that showcase the best of young emerging talent.

For information about getting involved in live briefs and competitions, check the education updates or email