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 2022 application is now closed.


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 2022 competition are listed in the downloadable.

Hear from Guest Artists

Helen Maria Nugent, Guest Artist

Yvonne Lin & Chat Travieso (2003 Visual 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)