Design Arts

Design Arts accepts portfolios in architecture, product, graphic, and fashion design. Portfolios should demonstrate original thinking and an ability to effectively materialize ideas, from concept sketches to final design.

Design Arts Winners protype their final design and sketch

Are you a designer who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2023 YoungArts application closes on October 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.


To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

The requirements for the 2023 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF below.

Ask an Artist

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts? Complete the following form and you’ll get insight from a previous YoungArts award winner about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline. You will receive a response via email.

For questions about the application process, requirements and eligibility, please check out our FAQ or email

Hear from Guest Artists

Helen Maria Nugent, Guest Artist

Yvonne Lin & Chat Travieso (2003 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), National Selection Panelists

View select works from winners here.

Jessica McCann (2021 Design Arts) models her design

I met so many wonderful people and artists and formed strong relationships and friendships that I know will last a lifetime.”

— Jessica McCann (2021 Design Arts)