Design is one of 10 artistic disciplines in YoungArts’ national competition. This discipline accepts portfolios in architecture, product, graphic, and fashion design (for fine art including multi-media and performance art, see the Visual Arts discipline).

Design Arts Winners protype their final design and sketch

Competition Eligibility

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 an award winner with distinction, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

2025 application requirements will be available in July 2024. Sign up for updates.

Portfolios should demonstrate original thinking and an ability to effectively materialize ideas, from concept sketches to final design.

The 2025 YoungArts application opens in July 2024. 


Tips and Testimonials from Winners and Guest Artists

Application tips | Helen Maria Nugent, Guest Artist

Why Apply | Chat Travieso (2003 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)

View select works from winners here.

See our FAQ for answers to common questions about the competition and application.

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)