Each of these five houses has its own Heraldric Animal adorning a shield. The crests are a bit dated and lacking of consistency and detail. Essentially, it's plain and they could use a redesign. We are hosting one crest for re-design, and the winner will need to be open to re-designing the four other crests, and a Royal House Crest unifying The First Academy's brand to all five houses (for details on the last crest, see the Harry Potter attachment and look at the Hogwarts logo in comparison to the four houses; game of thrones is another great reference).
The first crest to be designed is the Edwards House crest. Presently, the shield has a red cross adornished with white, and covered with a heraldic lion. The style of the crest is open for intepretation but should be able to remain consistent across the board with the five other crests that the designer will make at a later point (i.e. crests with heraldic eagle, horse, crown, and dragon). You are open to adding accents such as floral, armor, or other items, but should be able to consistently design similar yet different features for another five crests. No, the cross does not have to look the same, nor does the placement have to be identical.
While the more detailed the better, they are still looking to represent the same overall idea, i.e. this crest should still be a shield with a cross in red and white, and there should still be a lion. Additionally, keep in mind that these will need to be able to printed for clothing and wall art, etc. Please note, one of the other five crests contains four quadrants with one quarter being a lion's head - so please be open to either two distict lion heads, or consider using a full lion for House Edwards.
Lastly, they would like to prominently incorporate the name of the house within each design; if the artist can slip into the design the house motto, namesake or verse, these are major pluses. In this case, the house name is Edwards (other house names for later crests include: Athanasius, Tozer, Wesley and Elliot). The motto for House Edwards is Live for God, and the verse is Isaiah 1:18.
When it comes to style, we're not a fan of silhouettes. We prefer realism to flat design and are looking for some more intricate crests to our rather plain current one (seen in the attachments); that said, we are open to what you can design best with. Game of thrones is a good example of the level of detail we're looking for.