Student Competitions & Shows

Shows & Competitions (in order of deadline)

2017 Lulu eGames

Compete in NC State’s biggest startup competition! We’re back for 2017 with new categories of competition and over $100k in prizes for NC State entrepreneurs. Learn more about the Lulu eGames here.

Belk Southern Designer Showcase

This competition allows the winners to be part of a year long experience learning the ins and outs of placing the line with a buying, marketing and visual team , while ultimately selling their product in a Belk stores and on

Entry Deadline is April 30, 2017. Please use the link below to access all the information about the competition and to see this years winners!

 ITA Educational Foundation

The ITA Educational Foundation cordially invites you to participate in our many great opportunities during 2017!

Cover Competition Deadline: Oct. 4th. Spotlights the design talents of a student and their school.

Virginia Jackson Design Competition Deadline: April 10th. Established in 1995 to honor students in the field of textile design; awards are given in both woven and print categories.

Internship Program Ongoing. A unique partnership with our ITA Member companies and students who are preparing for a career in the home furnishings textile industry.

ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition

Show the imaging community that you have what it takes to excel in this industry with an esteemed Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition Award. Highly sought after by graphic arts students, Academy awards honor superior imaging work within a variety of categories. Entrants represent secondary (high school and vocational) students and post-secondary (technical school, college or university) students.

The 2017 ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition will open October 1st, 2016. All 2017 entries must be entered online and mailed directly to our warehouse in New Orleans. Further instructions will be posted as it becomes available. Read more.

IFAI Student Design Competition

First place in each Student Design Challenge will receive $6,000+ Prize Pack with your original textile product design. Each SDC must use textiles as a major component. Deadline for submissions April 10, 2017. Read more about the 4 individual challenges:

SGIA Scholarship Opportunity

Supported by generous donations from endowment investors and industry leaders, the SGIA Scholarship Program will award $2,000 to ten student recipients. Applicants will complete a rigorous application process, and scholarship winners will be carefully selected by members of the SGIA Education Committee.

Student applicants are reviewed based on their scholastic achievement, application essay, participation in extracurricular activities, achievements and work experience, and academic and professional recommendations. They must be a student of an active SGIA Educational Institution Member and committed to pursuing a career within the growing imaging community.

The 2017 SGIA Scholarship Application Deadline April 14, 2017. Read more.

“Everyday Clothes for Extraordinary Kids”

2017 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition

Showcase your talent in design to win cash and prizes!
Design a line that redesigns apparel items (leggings, t-shirts, etc) for children with special needs and/or a disability. This new line should enhance the everyday existence of these children and/or their parents/caregivers.
Please note this new line should not be a healing garment (e.g. pressure stocking, a garment that dispenses medication, or incorporates a heating or cooling pad)

  • Target consumer group is children (ages 2-10)
  • Make the designs fun and playful
  • Color palette inspiration from PANTONEVIEW Colour Planner Summer 2016
  • You must be an AATCC member to enter; join online or submit application and US$35
  • Submit a resume, to be viewed by the sponsors (optional)
  • Work individually or in a team of up to four

Refer to the Competition Entry Checklist as a helpful guide.

All portions of the entry must be received by April 12, 2017. Winners will be announced by May 31, 2017.

14th Annual North American Student Design Competition

Enter the 14th Annual Student Design Competition sponsored by AOA. It’s not just a contest, it’s an experience!! Over 200 North American college level art and design schools are being contacted for their students to compete for the cash prizes, exciting professional development, and networking opportunities our awards bring.

The competition was created to promote the use of alpaca fiber in fashion, textile, and interior design at the fundamental level of educational institutions. The theme for this year is Alpaca: The Earth Friendly Fiber, in continuation of the success of the theme from 2009–2016. Read more.

We’re sure you will agree that this is an opportunity not to be missed! Put this event on your calendars now! The entry deadline is April 22, 2017.

2017 AATCC C2C® Merchandising Competition

Students will showcase their skills in business, marketing, and merchandising by creating a business concept of a hypothetical new apparel line that redesigns apparel items (leggings, t-shirts, etc.) for children (ages 2-10) with special needs and/or a disability. Read more

Entries Due April 25, 2017

The 2017 Trashion Design Competition

The 2017 Trashion Design Competition encourages individuals ages 14 and older to repurpose materials destined for the landfill into a fashion statement. Nominees/applicants must reside or operate within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area.

The Trashion Design Competition will provide an opportunity to showcase unique and recycled inspired garments created from items that would otherwise be tossed in the trash. It also recognizes outstanding college and high school students in the field of clothing and textiles.

Ideas and creations submitted for entry must be the original work of the submitting entrant(s). A team of SWS staff members will evaluate each entry and the top 10 will be asked to model their creations in the 2017 Environmental Awards Celebration to be held April 25, 2017 at Fletcher Theater in Raleigh. For questions about the competition, send email to

Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant

The Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant, an award to support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide. Grants are awarded to a select group of recipients each month to create their own digitally printed custom fabric and wall media for use in shows and exhibitions. Recipients are chosen monthly on a rolling basis.

Additional details about the grant can be found on here. Additional questions can be directed to Theresa Rizzuto.