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Application information

Apply for Top Designs

Top Designs 2018 applications for Media, Product Design and Technology, Visual Communication Design and Systems Engineering close on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Applications for VET Creative Digital Media and Theatre Studies Design close on Thursday 9 November 2017.

Applicants can post a hard copy application form, or apply online under Online application.


Online application

Applicants who apply online are required to upload PDP pages and images of their final work to our application system.

This is an online application, hosted for the VCAA by a third party. Before you leave the VCAA website to complete the application, read this important information about privacy on the VCAA website. When you click on the link to online the application form, you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understood and consent to the terms of the Collection Notice.

Top Designs 2018 online application:

Media

Product Design and Technology

Systems Engineering

Theatre Studies Design

VET Creative and Digital Media

Visual Communication Design 


Hard copy application

Please download the Top Designs 2018 application form:

Media (pdf - 70.71kb)

Product Design and Technology (pdf - 63.83kb)

Systems Engineering (pdf - 67.19kb)

Theatre Studies Design (pdf - 81.49kb)

VET Creative and Digital Media (pdf - 61.64kb)

Visual Communication Design (pdf - 64.57kb)

Please post hard copy applications to:

VCE Season of Excellence
VCAA, Top Designs - [study name]
Level 7, 2 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Please leave extra time for your application to arrive by post. Applications that were not postmarked on or before Thursday 19 October 2017 will not be accepted.


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 Subjects

Works selected must:

  • achieve an A+ or A as determined by the school
  • meet all assessment criteria at a very high standard
  • are 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.