Excellence & Awards


VCE Season of Excellence

Season of Excellence 2018 applications now open

four dancers, two men and one woman at the back with their arms in the air and jumping one woman at the front laying forward with her leg in the air behind her

Rear (L to R): Dimitri Raptis; Caulfield Grammar School/
The Jane Moore Academy of Ballet, Isabelle Greenwood; Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Kade Hughes; Overnewton Anglican Community College/Isolation Performing Arts Studio. Front: Dominique Cowden, Sandringham College. Top Acts 2017

Applications for Top Designs, Top Arts and Top Class Sound are now open. The VCE Season of Excellence is a five-month arts festival showcasing outstanding senior secondary student work from Victorian schools. It comprises 12 concerts (Top Class and Top Acts), two exhibitions (Top Arts and Top Designs) and screenings of short films (Top Screen). A number of associated education programs are offered in conjunction with exhibition viewing, screenings and concerts.

The deadline for applications for Art, Media, Music Performance, Music Investigation, Product Design and Technology, Studio Arts, Systems Engineering, VCE VET Music and Visual Communication Design is Thursday 19 October 2017. VCE VET Creative and Digital Media and Theatre Studies Design applications are due Thursday 9 November 2017.

Application forms are available on the VCE Season of Excellence webpage.

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New Season of Excellence web pages

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Tino Mubayiwa from Marymede Catholic College,
South Morang with his Product Design and Technology
work 'Chigaro' Top Designs 2017

If you haven't visited the Season web pages in a while, you will notice some changes. The pages have been reformatted and reordered into a more user-friendly format. You will find updated content, including selection criteria and processes and the 2017 photo gallery. Any feedback would be very welcome – please email the Season team: seasonofexcellence@edumail.vic.gov.au

While you are there, you may want to sign up for the Season of Excellence Update to get behind-the-scenes and subscriber-only updates delivered straight to your inbox.

The VCAA website features some wonderful education resources produced for the performing arts. Visit the Top Class Educational Resources page to view the 'Focus On …' series of short films.

For our Media Film students, please visit the Top Screen Educational Resources page. Here you will find films and podcasts featuring previous filmmakers that were exhibited in Top Screen and Top Designs.

To order Top Screen and Top Acts DVDs and Top Designs catalogues, please download the order form (pdf - 57.49kb), complete and return. All orders will receive complimentary additional Season goodies!

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Season of Excellence 2018: general representative for Top Designs VCE VET Creative and Digital Media Panel

Expressions of interest are sought for a representative for the Top Designs VCE VET Creative and Digital Media (CDM) selection panel as part of the annual VCE Season of Excellence.

Applicants must be currently teaching Units 3 and 4 of the subject. The tenure of this position is for two years, with an option for a further year. Sitting on these panels does not preclude your students from submitting applications to Top Designs.

Expression of interest forms are available from the Latest News section of the Season of Excellence webpage. Please refer to Notice to Schools 104/2017.

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Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship

Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship 2018 applications

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Fiona Cochrane; Trustee, Timothy Huddleston;
Lilydale High School.

a young man playing a violin standing in front of a mirror that has lights around it

Kye Yim Loh; Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Applications for the 2018 Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships are now open. Scholarships are available to students who complete their VCE at a government secondary school and are going on to study music at a tertiary level.

Two types of scholarships will be awarded for 2018. The Performance scholarship is available to students of VCE Music Performance as soloists and/or VCE Music Investigation as soloists and/or VCE VET Music as a soloist. The Composition scholarship is available for students of VCE Music Style and Composition, VCE Music Investigation, VCE Music Performance and/or VCE VET Music.

Scholarship recipients will receive a $7000 contribution towards further study at an accredited tertiary institution. Recipients will also be invited to perform at the Top Class series of concerts in February or March 2018.

Application forms are available on the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships webpage.

The deadline for applications for both scholarships is Friday 10 November 2017.

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