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 in each of IDSA's five North American Districts. Two winners are selected from each District for this prestigious distinction, one at the Undergraduate (SMA) level and one at the Graduate (GSMA) level.

Both the SMA and GSMA program operate through IDSA’s online awards platform. A jury panel of design leaders and educators representing a cross-section of professional practice and design academia is assembled annually to review and select winners. This ensures the highest level of quality and rigor is achieved throughout all stages of the process.

Student Merit Award winners benefit from massive media exposure through IDSA's extensive reach and high-level industry recognition. These individuals receive an online profile, a print feature in INNOVATION magazine and special distinction at the annual International Design Conference. IDSA is proud to witness the incredible acceleration that winning an SMA provides in the professional success of those who participate. Previous winners are quickly becoming some of the most celebrated designers practicing today.

If you have questions on either program, please contact Erin Fiorelli, IDSA Manager of Competitions and Awards.

 

Undergraduate Student Merit Awards (SMA)

 

Graduate Student Merit Awards (GSMA)

Schools with an active IDSA Student Chapter and Education Representative are encouraged to identify and enter a single candidate into the SMA program as an SMA Finalist, this is considered ‘Round 1.’ The SMA Finalist (a graduating senior) student designer is someone with tremendous talent, breadth of skill and who best embodies the industrial design program they represent. SMA Finalists enter into ‘Round 2’ by uploading project work for review by our committee of judges and are evaluated against peers from other schools in their district. One Student Merit Award winner will be selected from each district. There is no fee to enter, however participants must be a current IDSA student member.

The 2019 SMA program begins in January and winners will be announced May 15, 2019. See complete eligibility requirements and guidelines here.

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Graduate-level industrial design students from North American schools with an active IDSA Student Chapter and Education Representative are encouraged to submit their work through our online platform in order to enter the GSMA competition. Unlike the undergraduate program, multiple students from a school can submit their work for consideration. Our judging committee made up of educators and professional designers review and select a single GSMA winner from each District. There is no fee to enter, however participants must be a current IDSA student member.

The 2019 GSMA program begins in March and winners will be announced May 15, 2019. See complete eligibility requirements and guidelines here

 

 

 

 


A Winner's Perspective

 

 

 

 

2018

Graduate SMA Winners

ArtCenter College of Design
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Illinois at Chicago​
Pratt Institute

Undergraduate SMA Winners

ArtCenter College of Design
Drexel University
University of Houston
Purdue University
The Ohio State University

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

2018 Graduate SMA Winners