Submissions to the Future Makers 2017 DELTA Award Design Competition are now closed.

This call is a partnership between the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETL) and the Design and Craft Council of Ireland (DCCoI). We are seeking creative proposals for the design and creation of a crafted prize which will be called the DELTA Award Design Piece. In Dec 2017, the NFETL will present national learning impact awards to discipline groups who have made a commitment to enhancing and transforming teaching and learning.

Winners will receive a beautifully designed, unique piece as a permanent symbol of their commitment to teaching excellence. For more details on the DELTA Award please click here.

Design Details

  1. The design will be for a 2D or 3D small object, sculpture, etc. The design must capture the spirit of a collaborative approach to excellence, inspiring teaching in a higher education context in a uniquely Irish way; the finished design should not look like a traditional trophy award.
  2. It can be made from one or a combination of several materials, e.g., wood, metal, ceramics, etc.
  3. It should represent teaching and learning in a substantial way, while incorporating the collaborative approach to ensuring teaching excellence within disciplines.
  4. 25 awards will be made from the winning design. The materials budget for making these 25 awards is €4,000. €1,500 will be awarded to the winning designer.
  5. Submissions should be made online via the 2017 application process.
  6. Your application should include the following:
  • An outline of your thoughts and approach to design of the commission – circa 150 words.
  • Materials budget 25 awards at €160 per award (total: €4,000), please provide budget breakdown.
  • 3 to 5 image sketches, photos, images or computer rendering of the designed piece.

Selection Process: All registered higher level arts craft and design students & recent graduates are invited to submit their proposals for consideration by the selection panel. The panel will consist of representatives from:

  • National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Independent designer/expert(s)

The selection panel will consider the submitted proposals and make a decision based on the information submitted. The panel may select one or more proposals or reject any or all proposals or may decide that no design work is to be selected. The selection panel may invite designers to Dublin to meet with them to discuss the commission.

If you have any questions about this competition, email and copy Use the following subject line: DELTA Award Design Query.

Thank you for your interest and support in this exciting, unique Irish higher education initiative.