Student Merit Awards

 

Each year, IDSA recognizes exceptional student design talent through our Student Merit Awards program. The competition highlights the very best creativity, problem solving and design brilliance across each of IDSA’s five Design Districts. Two IDSA student member winners are selected from each district for this prestigious distinction. One at the Graduate level and one at the Undergraduate level. District winners are further recognized through a profile in INNOVATION magazine and are invited to the annual International Design Conference Awards Ceremony for a formal trophy presentation in front of hundreds of design professionals from across the world. SMA winners often find themselves with job offers and elevated potential for advancing their professional design careers. 

Undergraduate Student Merit Awards (SMA)

 

Graduate Student Merit Awards (GSMA)

Senior-level Undergraduate IDSA Student Members are eligible to compete against their peers for the opportunity to become an IDSA Student Merit Award Winner. Participating schools hold a preliminary presentation and judging event where a single top candidate from each school is identified. This student then competes head-to-head with candidates from other schools at one of IDSA’s five District Design Conference (DDC) held across the country. A jury of design professionals then selects a single Undergraduate SMA winner from each District. Undergraduate SMA Guidelines

Undergraduate Student Merit Awards competition is open during the Spring. There is no fee for entry.

Contact IDSA Manager of Member and Chapter Relations Jordan Fleger or 703-707-6000 x127 for more information. 

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Graduate-level IDSA Student Members from North American schools are encouraged to submit their work through our online submission portal in order to enter the GSMA competition. Our judging committee made up of educators and professional designers select a single Graduate SMA winner from each District.  To find out which District your school is in, check out our Student Chapter Map.

Graduate Student Merit Awards competition is open April 2–May 18, 2018. There is no fee for entry.

Contact IDSA Manager of Competitions and Awards Erin Fiorelli or 703-707-6000 for more information about the competition. 


A Winner's Perspective

 

 

 

 

2017

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Parsons School of Design
California College of the Arts
Savannah College of Art & Design
University of Notre Dame

2016

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech College of Design
University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC)
Kendall College of Art and Design
Arizona State University

2015

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA)
Auburn University
Western Washington University
University of Illinois-Chicago
Syracuse University

2014

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Arizona State University
Pratt Institute
The Ohio State University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Savannah College of Art & Design

2013

Undergraduate SMA Winners

University of Notre Dame
California College of the Arts
University of Cincinnati
Massachusetts College of Art
Virginia Tech

2012

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Virginia Tech
California College of the Arts
University of Notre Dame
Pratt Institute
University of Cincinnati

2011

Undergraduate SMA Winners

University of Houston
University of Notre Dame
The Ohio State University
Wentworth University
Brigham Young University

2010

Undergraduate SMA Winners

College for Creative Studies
Massachusetts College of Art
Brigham Young University
University of Illinois at UC
University of Houston

2009

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Cleveland Institute of Arts
University of Notre Dame
Arizona State University
University of the Arts
North Carolina State University

2008

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Virginia Tech
University of Notre Dame
Massachusetts College of Art
California College of the Arts
Columbus College of Art & Design

2007

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Academy of Art University
University of Notre Dame
Cleveland Institute of the Arts
Rochester Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech

2006

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Purdue University
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Jose State University
Cleveland Institute of the Arts
Georgia Tech

2005

Undergraduate SMA Winners

Georgia Tech
Cleveland Institute of the Arts
Virginia Tech
Art Center College of Design
University of Illinois at UC