The 2012 APDG AWARDS closed to any further entries on the 17th of July 2012.
- NEW – Production designers and lead designs are able to nominate art directors and other designers in some categories.
- NEW – Interactive design category.
- NEW – Student award for design category.
- NEW – Costume design for screen and stage are separate categories.
- NEW – Companies and collectives are able to enter some categories.
- NEW – Production designers and stage designers nominate craftpersons in the stage and screen craft award.
- NEW – Entry package requirements are detailed on separate entry forms for each category.