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Car Design Awards China 2015 competition now open

Tue, 16 Sep 2014


The Car Design Awards China 2015 competition is now open. Design students in China are invited to respond to one of the challenging briefs set by carmakers including GAC, Volvo, VW, Qoros, JAC and Geely.

This is the sixth time the annual design competition has been held, and students have until 2 January 2015 to submit their work. The contest is open to full-time students studying a design discipline of any kind in China, and this year's winner will be chosen by a panel of international judges.

The jury will announce their shortlist of the best designs in February 2015 and the winners will be announced at our awards ceremony in Shanghai on 17 April, just before the Shanghai motor show begins. The work of all the award winners will be on display at the ceremony.

In 2014, Guo Jiayi, who was studying at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), became the first student to win the Design of the Year award for a second successive year. But this year will see a new talent take the honors.

The Car Design Awards China competition is always a closely fought contest. Last year, students from 149 different design schools registered, and we announced the results at a ceremony held just prior to the Beijing auto show in April.
In addition to monitoring each student, CDN has also been tracking which schools produce the most-successful students. The school league table rankings use a scoring system based on which students were shortlisted, became a finalist or actually won an award. Some 70 schools have produced at least one student who has made a judges' shortlist over the past five years.
The Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) tops the league, ahead of Tsinghua University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology. A strong showing by its students last year saw Wuhan University of Technology moving up to fourth in the latest table, replacing Jilin University.

View the full league table here
The 2015 competition will again acknowledge and publicize the teachers and schools of the winning entrants, recognizing that raw talent alone is not enough when seeking to become a professional designer of the future.

To find out more about the contest and to register please visit the competition website.


By Tom Phillips