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Top Designs

What is Top Designs?

Top Designs is an annual exhibition at Melbourne Museum presenting work created by students who completed VCE Media, Product Design and Technology, Theatre Studies, Systems Engineering and Visual Communication Design, as well as a range of VCE VET studies including Furnishing, Creative and Digital Media, Integrated Technologies, Music Industry (Sound Production) and Engineering Studies.


Apply for Top Designs

 

Applications for Top Designs 2020 are open and will close at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Application guides

It is recommended that you complete your Top Designs 2020 application in one session. To make sure you have everything you need prepared in advance, have a look at the application guides below for your particular study. These guides summarise all the bits and pieces you will need to complete your application.

VCE VET studies application guide
Product Design and Technology application guide
Media application guide
Systems Engineering application guide
Visual Communication Design application guide

Top Designs 2020 application forms

This is an online application hosted on behalf of the VCAA by a third party. Before you leave the VCAA website to complete the application, please read the VCAA Privacy Statement and Collection Notice for important information about privacy.  By clicking on the link to the online application form, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understood, and consent to, the terms of the collection notice.

VCE VET studies application for Top Designs 2020
Product Design and Technology application for Top Designs 2020
Media application for Top Designs 2020
Systems Engineering application for Top Designs 2020
Visual Communication Design application for Top Designs 2020



Top Designs application process

The VCE Season of Excellence team at the VCAA organises and facilitates panels of teachers from metropolitan and regional government, Catholic and independent  schools to view and shortlist Top Designs applications.

The  state reviewer for each subject oversees each panel, ensuring all work is considered fairly and represents best practice according to curriculum. The VCE Season of Excellence team and other VCAA staff members have no input into which works are selected.

After all applications have been viewed and shortlisted, the selection panel meets one final time to select the final collection.

Selection criteria for selected works

Exhibits should be suitable for public exhibition and fit exhibition constraints including space and weight restrictions, and be suitable for display purposes in regards to fragility and power needs, and stable enough to be shown for duration of exhibition, for example works on paper allow mounting or framing.

Works that exceed size and weight restrictions, but otherwise fit the selection criteria, may still be considered for shortlisting and final selection. They will only be displayed if the student can supply photographs or a video of suitable quality to be displayed in the exhibition.

Works selected will need to be suitable for display using the infrastructure – technical and display furniture available from the VCAA and at the Melbourne Museum.

All studies

Works selected must:

  • achieve an A+ or A on the School-assessed Task
  • meet all assessment criteria at a very high standard
  • be appropriate for public exhibition and reflect community standards
  • provide evidence of copyright clearance for all non-original material used
  • address the assessment criteria in innovative, individual ways

For more information on study-specific criteria:

VCE Media

Works are selected that:

  • are accompanied by an exemplary Production Design Plan
  • demonstrate individual and distinctive qualities
  • demonstrate technical excellence relative to their concepts and intentions

In regards to short films and multimedia, works are selected:

  • that demonstrate a range of genres, formats and content. For example: documentary, narrative, animation, music clips, web pages, games
  • taking into account that while some schools have far better technical facilities than others, it is the quality of the conceptual development and the production values within these restraints that are central to the selection process.

In regards to photography and print-layout, works are selected:

  • that demonstrate a range of genres, formats and content
  • that demonstrate a range of approaches to the installation/display of works

VCE Product Design and Technology

Works are selected that:

  • are accompanied by an exemplary folio
  • demonstrate research and thorough development of ideas
  • incorporate a range of materials and creative uses of those materials
  • demonstrate safe workshop practices
  • demonstrate an understanding of design thinking

VCE Systems Engineering

Works are selected that:

  • are accompanied by an exemplary folio
  • demonstrate research and thorough development of ideas
  • incorporate a range of materials and creative uses of those materials
  • demonstrate safe workshop practices
  • demonstrate an understanding of the system engineering process

VCE Theatre Studies Design

Works are selected that:

  • demonstrate individual and creative qualities
  • address the assessment criteria in innovative, individual ways
  • demonstrate research and thorough development of ideas
  • demonstrate significant imagination and flair
  • demonstrate deep and insightful understanding of the monologue, its associated scene and the play as a whole

VCE Visual Communication Design

Works are selected that:

  • are accompanied by an exemplary folio
  • demonstrate a diverse range of concepts and ideas
  • demonstrate exemplary skills in manual and digital production
  • demonstrate an understanding of design thinking
  • demonstrate significant imagination and flair

VCE VET Creative and Digital Media

Works are selected that:

  • demonstrate high quality technical skills in the process used for the production of the work
  • show that user experience has been well considered
  • demonstrate individual and creative qualities
  • demonstrate a range of formats and content for example: websites, portfolios, games, animations

VCE VET Furnishing

Works are selected that:

  • demonstrate high quality technical skills in the process used for the production of the work
  • show that student understanding of the materials selected has been well considered
  • demonstrate individual and creative qualities
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of furniture making processes for the production of items according to the project brief

VCE VET Integrated Technologies

Works are selected that:

  • demonstrate high quality technical skills in the process used for the production of the work
  • show that user experience has been well considered
  • demonstrate individual and creative qualities
  • demonstrate a range of formats and content for example: automated systems, robotic systems, smart technologies, security systems, design and develop electronic equipment

VCE VET Engineering Studies

Works are selected that:

  • demonstrate high quality technical skills in the process used for the production of the work
  • show that student understanding of the materials selected has been well considered
  • demonstrate individual and creative qualities
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of engineering processes for the production of items according to the project brief

VCE VET Music Industry (Sound Production)

  • demonstrate high quality technical skills in the process used for the production of the work
  • demonstrate professionalism in the planning and realisation (project management) of the work
  • demonstrate novel and/or creative application of a range of current techniques and skills
  • show a level of creative maturity and artistic

Photography  tips for Top Designs applications

A successful application relies on you presenting the best possible image of your work. Initial selection is made from your photograph. A poor quality photograph limits your chance of selection. Please note the following recommendations for taking photographs.

  1. If one work is comprised of multiple pieces it is recommended that you photograph works individually as well as showing the work as a whole. Only one application form is required for this work.
  2. Place the work against a clean, one colour background, preferably a light coloured wall.
  3. Use the best camera available to you.
  4. Make sure the image is sharply focused and fills as much of the frame as possible.
  5. Don't take the photograph on an angle that distorts the image. Stand squarely in front of it.
  6. If a flash is used, beware of strong reflections caused by glass and other reflective surfaces. If framing, please ensure you photograph your work while unframed. Unframed works are completely acceptable for applications to Top Designs.

Ticketing and venue information

Top Designs 2020 will take place at the Melbourne Museum from Saturday 21 March to Sunday 12 July 2020

Purchase tickets

Entry to Top Designs is free with museum entry. Students can enter Melbourne Museum for free.

Visit the Top Designs webpage on the Museums Victoria website for more information about museum entry, dates and education forums. School bookings for Top Designs 2020 will open on Monday 2 December 2019.

Education bookings
Visit the School visit information page on the Museums Victoria website for information about education bookings

Venue information

Top Designs is held at Melbourne Museum, located in Carlton Gardens between Rathdowne St and Nicholson St, Melbourne.

Public transport near Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum is located a short walking distance from train, bus and tram services.

Parliament Railway Station
City loop train to Parliament Station.

Nicholson St trams
Tram route 86 or tram route 96 to corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets.

City Circle trams
Free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade.

Rathdowne St buses
Bus routes 250, 251 and 402 to Rathdowne Street.

Bicycle
Local bicycle facilities include bike lanes on Rathdowne St and Canning St. There is also a shared pedestrian/bike path on Nicholson St. Bicycle racks on the Plaza provide ample bike parking just outside the front door.

For more information about visiting Melbourne Museum, please go to the Melbourne Museum website

Accessibility

Mobility Impairments

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Melbourne Museum has wheelchair access within the museum to get around the exhibition spaces with ease. A variety of seating options within different areas of the exhibition space are available if rest is required.

Vision Impairments

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Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at the Melbourne Museum. The Top Designs exhibition space has good lighting and object labels adhere to larger print/clearer font/colour contrast requirements.


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Audio described tours will be presented in 2020. Please visit the Melbourne Museum website for bookings and further information, or call Melbourne Museum on 13 11 02.

Hearing impairments

Screen based works at Top Designs are subtitled.

For information about venue accessibility, visit the Melbourne Museum accessibility webpage.


Educational resources

Download the VCE Season of Excellence Order Form (pdf - 66.16kb) to order Season resources including Top Screen DVDs and Top Designs catalogues from previous years

Films and podcasts

For Top Screen resources, including short documentaries and podcasts, visit Top Screen Educational resources.

VCE Theatre Studies

The following films explore the work of VCE Theatre Studies students featured in Top Designs 2018.

Ingrid Crossing, Top Designs 2018
St Catherine's School
Old Major, Animal Farm
Costume and make-up

Duration: 7 minutes 15 seconds
Animal Farm - Ingrid Crossing Transcript (docx - 28.68kb)

Reuben Cumming, Top Designs 2018
Footscray City College
Scrooge, A Christmas Carol
Set and sound design

Duration: 6 minutes 43 seconds
Set and Sound -  Reuben Cumming Transcript (docx - 27.82kb)

Sophia James, Top Designs 2018
Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School
Old Major, Animal Farm
Costume and make-up

Duration: 5 minutes 8 seconds
Animal Farm - Sophia James Transcript (docx - 27.36kb)

VCE Systems Engineering

The following films explore the work of VCE Systems Engineering students featured in Top Designs 2017.

Jimmy Trac, Top Designs 2017
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Water Quality Station, video starts at the beginning

Tom Algie, Top Designs 2017
Beaconhills College, Pakenham
Exoskeleton, video starts at 6 minutes

Xavier Roberts, Top Designs 2017
Templestowe College
Score Scroll, video starts at 13 minutes  36 seconds 


Duration: 19 minutes 57 seconds

Kyle Postlethwaite, Top Designs 2017
Ballarat Grammar
Kynobot Welder’s Workbench


Duration: 7 minutes 27 seconds


Podcast

The following podcast explores the work of VCE Media Print student Isaac Gammon featured in Top Designs 2017.

Isaac Gammon, Top Designs 2017
Methodist Ladies’ College
Gone
Episode 18: Gone by Isaac Gammon
Duration: 6 minutes 47 seconds