How to Enter

The IDI Irish Graduate Design Awards 2017. Be part of it!

Entry to the 2017 IDI Graduate Awards ( GDA17) is open to all graduating IDI Student Members- Graduating at Level & and above in 2017.

How to Enter

Entry is via the online awards platform which opens  shortly in late May and closed at the end of June 2017.


All final-year design students studying a level 7, 8, 9 or 10 programme who is an individual IDI Member is able to enter work for consideration. Not a member? Join now.

  • To qualify for entry you must be an undergraduate member of the IDI. So join first!. Remember if your college is an IDI Institutional Member you can join for free. (Check!)
  • You must JOIN IDI as an Individual Member BEFORE you enter the competition
  • To qualify for entry you must be on an NFQ level 7, 8, 9 or 10 course. ( Minimum degree level design course)
  • You must be on a course in Ireland or be an Irish Designer studying abroad.
  • You can enter up to any number of different projects.
  • You can enter the same project in all and any number of different relevant categories
    You may enter up to 6 image PDF files on each entry.
  • You may enter individual images or presentation boards with text - explaining your design intent (what was the challenge, why your design resolves the problem, and identifying key features of the design)
  • They don’t have to be final year projects but they must be project completed as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
  • They don’t have to be individual projects though group projects are limited to small groups- see rules
  • Architects, Designers, Engineers and Makers can enter.

Award categories include:

  • Animation and Motion Design
  • Architecture
  • Craft and Furniture Design
  • Digital Design
  • Exhibition Design/Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Architecture / Interior Design
  • Product or Industrial Design
  • Sustainability Design
  • Textile Design
  • UX/UI Design
  • Universal Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Ove Arup Award – Architecture, Engineering and Design

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