Australasian Student Design Awards 2011: Call for entries

23 February 2011
30 April 2011
Melbourne, Australia
The annual Australasian Student Design Awards (ASDA), unmatched in terms of integrity and diversity, aim to elevate the region's high achieving undergraduate design students, apprentices and graduates by recognising their outstanding designs.

Organised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) for the last sixteen years between February and April, ASDA brings together designs from a multiplicity of disciplines and has helped increase awareness and action on life cycle and sustainable design practices.

Over 150 students were nominated in 2010, with a similar participation anticipated in 2011. Offering a great opportunity to expose their work to a broad audience, each entrant's design will be exhibited at Australia's leading design event, designEX. While demonstrating Australia and New Zealand's promising design future, the ASDA exhibition also provides esteemed industry judges the opportunity to directly comment on the quality of emerging designers.


Entry is open to design projects created in 2010 or 2011 by entrants aged 18 years or older as at the date of entry who are:
  • Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand or international students under a Student Visa in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Currently studying or within 6 months of completion requirements, or graduated in 2010 or 2011 in any full time, full time equivalent or apprentice undergraduate course at a Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree level.


Interior Design
Interior Decoration
Exhibition / Display Design

Visual Design
New Media Design

Industrial Design
Transport / Automotive Design
Furniture Design
Textile Design
Jewellery Design
Fashion Design


Overall Winner - Award of Excellence - Prizes to be announced
Category First Prize - $1000 cash or kind + DIA grad/student membership
Category Second Prize - $500 cash or kind + DIA grad/student membership
Category Third Prize - DIA grad/student membership

Judging Criteria

A jury of esteemed industry representatives convened by Geoff Fitzpatrick FDIA from the Design Institute of Australia will assess each entry on the following equally weighted criteria:

  • Demonstrated understanding and use of sustainable resources
  • Consideration of economic, social, ecological and life cycle design practices
  • Clear understanding of the parameters of the original brief from tertiary course work
  • Evidence of research, development and resolution of the original brief from tertiary course work
  • Innovative ideas translated from conceptual approach
  • Effective communication of ideas
Space / Function / Materials / Technology:
  • Design intent reflects and is supported by spatial arrangement
  • Demonstrated functional practicality
  • Appropriate and innovative selection of materials
  • Demonstrated understanding, integration and resolution of manufacturing processes

How to enter

Educators must thoroughly review the Call for Entries (PDF - 3.3MB), which includes Category descriptions, Judging Criteria and Terms & Conditions. Submit your Nomination and Payment Form by 11 March 2011.

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For more information, please contact:

Australasian Student Design Awards
Design Institute of Australia
Level 1, 175 Collins Street
3000 Melbourne, VIC
T: +61 3 9662 2345
F: +61 3 9662 4140
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