The team at Houseology are delighted to announce our inaugural Interior Design Travel Scholarship for summer 2016. This page will provide you with everything you need to know about entering the competition.
We are inviting students at interior design schools across the UK to apply for our exciting and unique awards programme. The competition is open to students currently enrolled in their penultimate year of a BA Interior Design/Interior Architecture/Spatial Design/3D Design course (or similar) within UK-based schools and their international campuses.
Please complete and submit the entrant application form below, before Monday 6th June 2016. If you have any queries get in touch at [email protected].
Best wishes and good luck from the team at Houseology!
The application is split into three sections below: Personal Details, Research Proposal and Budget, please ensure that you complete each section in full.
The Personal Details section should contain accurate information that tells us and the judges a little bit about yourself.
Your Research Proposal should consist of a 300 word written statement, articulating your design interests and detailing a research proposal or area of development that will benefit from the travel period. You are also asked to upload a six page A3 PDF document displaying your work – we recommend four pages dedicated to existing portfolio work, showing skills and interests, with the final two pages devoted to research proposals that will be developed over your period of travel.
The final Budget section requires a short financial breakdown of proposed expenditure on the trip. You should consider the cost of travel, accommodation, food and drink, equipment, insurance and other possible expenses. A more detailed itinerary and travel plan can be drawn up with the help of our team, upon shortlisting and the announcement of the winning submission.
You should put careful consideration into the presentation of your work with regards to font sizes, colours and backgrounds, ensuring your slides are legible and visually well presented. PDF uploads will be reviewed on screen by the judging panel, with budgetary and personal information only being matched with projects post-shortlisting.
After the submission deadline date, uploaded work will also be published to an online project gallery. Students will be able to view each other’s project entries, like their favourite projects and gain a public platform on which to display their work to potential employers and customers of the Houseology interior design community.
When the travel period has been completed, both winner and runner-up will be invited to present their research and findings to the judging panel. Students will be invited to present a review of the work and experiences they have developed over the course of the awards and will receive some high-quality feedback and unique industry perspectives of their work.
The winning student will be awarded £4000 to travel between June and September 2016. As part of this unique opportunity, Houseology will provide unrivalled contact and access to designers and makers from some of the world’s top interior design names.
The runner-up will be offered a paid summer internship with the award-winning Occa Design Consultancy, providing the opportunity to work on top hotel projects and understand the processes and workflows of the practice.
A further 10 commended projects will each receive £100 in Houseology gift vouchers.
Further details of the prizes can be found here Click here
Projects must be submitted in the requested format by the stated closing date, entries that do not meet the above criteria will be disqualified; All submitted work must be original and your own, plagiarism will result in disqualification; By submitting your project, you are agreeing to your work being published on Houseology.com in perpetuity; Judging will be undertaken by our panel of judges; The judges’ decisions are final.
Is the research proposal something we express our interest in that we research on the trip? Could you provide any examples?
The research proposal should be made up of your thoughts on what you hope to achieve from the period of travel and how that will benefit your design interests, or further your knowledge or understanding of a particular aspect of design. As you will have the opportunity to visit manufacturers and makers internationally, this might be about investigating a particular material or manufacturing method. Staying in inspirational cities, you might make this about how these cities and their culture will influence your designs in the future. The proposal should be very personal to you and your aspirations.
Do we plan the trip ourselves and select destinations? In terms of accommodation, if we were to stay in places such as Airbnb on our travels, would this be something we state?
Yes you plan the trip yourself and build your itinerary for this utilising the £4,000 budget. You outline this in section 3 of the application form. Once the winner is announced, we will work with them to refine their itinerary and ensure that they achieve best value for the budget.
Does Houseology already have a trip planned out as it talks about visiting factories & showrooms & staying in some of the best hotels...I'm a little confused as to what we need and what is being asked.
Depending on where the winner would like to go, Houseology can offer the opportunity to visit suppliers, manufacturers and makers in a number of different countries and cities as well as obtain rates to stay in some inspiring, designer hotels.
Is it possible to enter as a duo?
You are welcome to submit as a duo. However, there is only one travel prize so the budget will be split between you if your successful.
Can you only visit one country/city or can you visit several?
The aim of this prize is to give you as many ideas and as much design inspiration as possible so we would recommend that you use the budget to visit more than one city and make the most of this amazing experience
What do you mean by the project thumbnail?
The project thumbnail is a cover image for your project that we will use to showcase your entry on the galley page of our website . It should be uploaded as a 600x600 pixel image.
Do we only show one project we have previously done or can we show a range of different projects?
Your submission can cover work developed on one final year project or examples of your work and design development across multiple projects,
What format should the last two pages be in?
The last two pages should be devoted to explaining or describing the research ideas that you want to work on while you travel. We’d suggest presenting them in an A3 landscape format for consistency with the rest of your submission but this is not compulsory.