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SDC International Design Competition 2020/21

Course Description

The 2020 competition is being extended into 2021 with the same theme. Read on for details! 

For the 2020/21 competition we invite you to explore the theme

‘Colour and the Universe’

“Colour is the place where our brain and the universe meet.” Paul Klee

It is 50 years since man first landed on the moon but for millions of years we have been fascinated by the planets and the universe. Colour is fundamental to our understanding of the universe from the red planet Mars to the pale gold of Saturn. From our own blue planet we talk about black holes, blue moons and blood moons. From the ancient Chinese five colour system to the Atomic design movement of the 1950s the universe has inspired design, colour and textiles for centuries.

What does this mean for the designer? How do we see colour? Do we all see colour in the same way? Why do colours change according to light? What does this mean in terms of choice of colour and how this colour is communicated?

All entries must be submitted by the relevant course tutor/ leader, not the student. Entry forms can be completed and submitted online or sent direct to the regional co-ordinator for your country, the full list of which is on the SDC website.

For further details about the competition, please download the brief, visit the SDC website or email

Competition entrants can access free online educational resources covering colour communication, sustainability and textile dyeing by creating a free account on the Colour Network. Follow the guidance here: How to create a free account on Colour Network

The competition is sponsored by Archroma®


Course Covers:
  • Where does colour come from and how do we see it?
  • How does light affect the colour we see?
  • Natural versus synthetic - what is the impact of choosing a natural fibre versus a synthetic one?
  • What are the implication of choosing a natural dye versus a synthetic one?
  • Sustainability - what impact will your choice of colours, fibres and design have on the environment?
View the full brief here
Why study this course?

The theme can be interpreted widely and we look forward to seeing your entries. The competition links to an educational package as part of SDC’s colour education pathway to help you develop your entry and provides a tutorial on how to use Archroma Color Atlas. Access this and more by clicking on the right.

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