What is the VCE Season of Excellence?
The annual VCE Season of Excellence comprises twelve concerts (Top Class and Top Acts), two exhibitions (Top Designs and Top Arts), and multiple screenings of short films (Top Screen) presented in Melbourne’s major cultural venues from February–June.
Works are created by a representative sample of the most outstanding VCE students from the previous year, for the benefit of current VCE students and teachers.
The Season is a cross-sectoral project, involving students from government, Catholic and independent schools. Staff from the three sectors are on audition and selection panels. The aim of the Season is to benchmark for VCE assessment and curriculum through showcasing exemplary student work and associated education programs.
Season and audition panels comprise the State Reviewers and Assistant State Reviewers for visual arts studies; the Chief Assessors and Assistant Chief Assessors for performing arts studies, Subject Association representatives where appropriate, and regional teacher representatives. The latter are appointed every two years through ‘Expression of Interest ‘ forms. VCAA Notices to Schools and the VCAA Bulletin advise when vacancies are available on panels.
The Season directly supports the VCAA’s goal to support high quality education, recognise student achievement and best practice teaching, and encourage students to move into allied work areas and further study.
Top Screen presents films including short fictions, animation and documentaries created by VCE Media students, plus associated education sessions with the filmmakers and State Reviewers. Top Screen is held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Top Screen application information
Top Screen ticketing and venue information
Top Designs is an annual exhibition at Melbourne Museum presenting work created by students who completed VCE Media, Design and Technology, Food and Technology, Systems Engineering, Visual Communication and Design and VCE VET Interactive Digital Media.
Top Designs application information
Top Designs ticketing and venue information
Top Class presents twelve concerts by outstanding VCE performing arts students who have completed VCE Dance and VCE VET Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Solo Performance, Music Group Performance and Music Styles. Performances are compered by the Chief Assessors. Dance concerts are followed by Q and A sessions. Participating performers speak at the Drama and Theatre Studies concerts about the preparation of their solo work from the student perspective.
Top Class Sound features performances of original musical works composed by students undertaking VCE Music Group Performance, Music Solo Performance, Music Styles, who have created original music as part of Unit 3 and 4 Assessment tasks.
The Top Class series are held at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Top Class selection process
Top Class ticketing and venue information
Top Arts is an exhibition of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, film and printmaking produced by VCE Art and VCE Studio Arts students, held at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
Top Arts application information
Top Arts ticketing and venue information
Top Acts is an evening concert which presents up to 40 performers from the Top Class concert series in one stunning event. Dance, Drama, Theatre Studies, Music Solo and Group Performance and original musical works are blended together into a dynamic presentation.
Top Acts selection process
Top Acts ticketing and venue information