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Live Industry Challenges and Briefs for Creative Industry Students

Now that the final college semester has kicked off we have rounded up some of the most exciting opportunities for students to get stuck into live industry challenges and competitions.

See below for a round-up of opportunities, and as always if you are a college students or educator in Scotland you can get in touch with your local Programme Executive for support in the challenge.

YCN (You Can Now) Live Briefs

You Can Now

Are you a student or recent grad with a flair for creative comms? Companies like KFC, Art Fund and Childline are looking for your briefs to solve their problems. Deadline: 28 Mar

The briefs are open to anyone studying, or to have recently graduated anywhere in the world. Your deadline for submitting your ideas in response to them is 5pm GMT on 28th March 2019. As always, entries will be judged by the organisations to have written the briefs before Commendations are announced in June, and all those Commended invited to a special exhibition and ceremony in London in the Autumn.

Discover this year's briefs on the YCN website, full submission guidelines can be found here and please email any questions to newnow@ycn.org

Help share your cultural top tips in your city and win £200 and a training package. Art Fund are looking for students to write insiders' guides on 10 UK cities. Deadline: 24 Feb

Virgin Lifestart Challenges

Virgin Lifestart

Young Enterprise Scotland have partnered with Virgin Lifestartto support college students across Scotland in accessing (and hopefully winning) the unique range of live industry challenges from companies like Virgin Galactic and Sony.

Challenges update regularly, check out studentlifestart.com/challenges or follow them on Facebook to be notified when new challenges are released.

D&AD Awards 2019


Perhaps one of the most prestigious of the design awards, and certainly one of the most recognisable with the range of pencil trophies, the D&AD Awards 2019 are open for entry.

Judging Criteria

  • Is the idea inspiring?
  • Is it brilliantly executed?
  • Is it fit for purpose?
  • Is it brilliantly crafted?
  • Does the craft elevate the idea?
  • Is the idea inspiring?
  • Is it fit for purpose?
  • Is the idea inspiring?
  • Is it brilliantly executed?
  • Is it fit for purpose?
  • Is the idea inspiring?
  • Is creativity used as a force for good?
  • Is it brilliantly executed?

Visit the D&AD website to download the guide to learn more about how to enter, the categories and prices.

The deadline is fast approaching. Enter by 20 February 2019.

Chip Shop Awards

The Drum Chip Shop Awards celebrate pure, unadulterated creativity. It's a platform where anything and everything is allowed, an awards show with no rules and no boundaries meaning the possibilities are endless!

Winning one of these awards would guarantee you a huge profile. The event is part of The Drum, one of the largest marketing platforms in the world. That is why if you win, the everyone will know about it. The million-plus unique readers who consume The Drum every month are hungry for award information which gives them insights into best practice, the best companies and the best people.

It's simple. By rewarding those who can push boundaries, you not only get the recognition you deserve, but also new business. It will also help position winners as the best and most exciting places to work, helping you retain and attract top talent.

These awards are a place where professionals, students, or anyone really, can compete on a level playing field. It's the most accessible creative awards show on the planet.

ENTER NOW - Deadline: 14 March 2019