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For students: Briefs, categories, judging

Your design should meet one of the following briefs. Your entry should include illustrations and a text statement explaining how the design works and meets the brief.

* Entries must include an interior and exterior design to qualify.

Brief 1:

BMW – Vision Future JOY 2030

What is JOY in future BMWs? Fast forward to a future where autonomous driving, electrification and shared mobility have already become the norm

Brief 2:

Chang An – Vitality Motion Our Design Philosophy

Life is always evolving to a more perfect form. This is the nature of life and the interpretation of the brand essence of Chang An Auto

Brief 3:

Geely – Science-fiction megacity transport

Geely wants you to design the transport for a sci-fi movie set in a megacity

Brief 4:

Hyundai – An electric halo vehicle for China

Your job is to create a 15-year celebration automotive statement: develop the iconic electric sports car as the ‘halo vehicle’ for the brand

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Brief 5:

JAC – 3D printed micro EV for 2025

As 3D printing becomes a more viable solution for so many products, JAC wants you to consider its application in an automotive context and design a vehicle whose interior and exterior are 3D printed

Brief 6:

Nissan – 2030 NISSAN Electric Racing Machine

NISSAN is not only an EV company with world leading technology, but it is also the bestselling EV brand

Brief 7:

VW – An iconic car for the autonomous age

Your task is to design a car for a specific segment of society, for example: cosplayers, indy rockers, punks, nerds, geeks, eco freaks, bloggers, online gamers, artists, fitness freaks, outdoor explorers

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Awards categories

Your entry should be submitted in one or more of nine categories (an entry may be submitted in more than one category)

  • Best Exterior Design
  • Best Interior Design
  • Best Luxury Concept
  • Best Eco Solution
  • Best Digital Design
  • Best Mobility Solution
  • Best User Interface
  • Innovative Use of Materials
  • Best Design In Harmony With Chinese Society

The closing date for entries is 12 January 2018.


A panel of distinguished automotive and other designers will evaluate the entries for:

  • Relevance to the brief
  • Concept originality
  • Design value and quality
  • Developmental potential
  • Presentation and explanation

See Register for tips on the best ways of presenting your work.

The judging process comprises:

Each of the judges will review the entries and choose the best three, ranking them 1st to 3rd. The judges work individually in the quiet of their own studios in different parts of the world. The identity of the work they are reviewing is hidden behind a registration number, so the images and, often crucially, the explanation, are all that can be assessed. All entries which receive the votes of at least one judge will be on the shortlist. The shortlists for each category – without any ranking – will be publicised on this website in March 2018. Each of the shortlisted students, and their teacher/professor, will be notified and invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

From the shortlists, entries will be scored by allocating points on the basis of each of the judges’ rankings. The three entries with the most points will become the finalists. All the judges will sit together in Beijing in March 2018 for an intensive roundtable judging session, debating and agreeing the winners for each category. One of the category winners will then be chosen by the judges as the overall winner – Student Designer of the Year. In the case of a tie, the Chairman of the Judges will choose the winner. The judges may choose fewer than three for the finalists.

In a night which mixes the cream of the professional design community with the excitement of students, the work of the finalists will be displayed on boards and on screen at the Awards ceremony on 24 April, during the Beijing auto show 2018. The winner in each category will then be announced.