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Istituto Marangoni and Karim Rashid have partnered on the upcoming competition for scholarship asking student to submit proposals for a furniture piece that promotes social distancing. “Humanizing Distance” will require applicants to submit a presentation that explains how potential users would interact with the design and the context in which it lives.

Designers are encouraged to show their full design process and may include design research, ideation sketches, drawings & diagrams, mock-ups & prototypes, CAD modelling and renderings, and all other ways to best represent their idea.

The winner of the call will be awarded a 50% scholarship for the Product Design Master’s Degree that will be held at Istituto Marangoni • The London School of Fashion & Design starting in the February 2021* intake.

1. Eligibility Requirements

Applicants will be eligible for consideration for the Scholarship if they meet the following criteria. Applicants must: 
a)    be a prospective UK, EU, Tier 4 International Istituto Marangoni student who has applied for and met the general requirements for a qualifying Masters degree course (see list set out below); 
b)    be liable to pay the full tuition fees applicable for your jurisdiction (for example, you are not a sponsored student); and 
c)    achieve the minimum academic standards set out below.  

Qualifying courses: full-time one-year Masters degree course in Product Design at Istituto Marangoni London starting in February 2021.  

2. Application procedure

Portfolio work

Applicants must submit a portfolio consisting of the following 2 digital documents, uploaded as 1 single pdf :  

  • Document 1 – Project Interpretation: Include your reference research and your own interpretation the project theme listed below. Describe the design goal that you want to achieve through your project.  (Max 400 words overall); and
  • Document 2 – Creative Work: Show your project through renderings and/or imagery, structured as 3-5 page pdf presentation (with title page) on A3 panels in landscape orientation.  Drawings must be two per page (max) and scanned in 300dpi resolution. 

Project theme: 

Product Design: Furniture Piece/Set that Promotes Social Distancing

Please submit a 3-5 page pdf presentation on A3 panels in landscape orientation of a Furniture Piece/Set proposal that Promotes Social Distancing. The presentation should explain how potential users would interact with the design and the context in which it lives.

Designers are encouraged to show their full design process and may include design research, ideation sketches, drawings & diagrams, mockups & prototypes, CAD modeling and renderings, and all other ways to best represent your idea. A title page with the project name and a brief mission statement describing the proposal (up to 400 words) should also be included in addition to the 3-5 page graphic presentations. 

Minimum academic standards: applicants must have achieved a 2:1 or 1st class honours degree classification (or non-UK equivalent such as merit or distinction) in a relevant undergraduate course. Non-native English speakers are required to provide an English language certificate at b2 CEFR level (ielts 6.5 without elements below 5.5) 

*Any scholarship allocated to the intake for which the student is enrolling (e.g. February ’21) will NOT be automatically valid and confirmed for the next intake (e.g. October ’21). The Management together with the Academic Committee will assess (and possibly confirm) any potential reassignment.

Karim Rashid himself, will lead a jury of professionals, including teaching executives of Istituto Marangoni. The jury will evaluate the projects and award the winner with a 50% scholarship to attend the Product Design Master’s Course (February 2021 intake) held at Istituto Marangoni • The London School of Fashion & Design.

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