Apply for Top Screen
Applications for Top Screen 2018 closed on Thursday 19 October 2017.
Applicants who apply online are required to upload PDP pages and their final work to our application system. Please note shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to re-submit their film in a high quality format. Smaller files are ideal for the initial application submission.
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
Hard copy application
Applicants who submit a hard copy application will need to provide their film on a USB, or upload it to a file sharing serving such as Google Drive and share access with
Please post hard copy applications to:
VCE Season of Excellence
VCAA, Top Designs - Media
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 the closing date 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.
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
- 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.
Top Screen application process
The VCE Season of Excellence team at the VCAA organises and facilitates a panel of Media teachers from metropolitan and regional Government, Catholic and Independent Schools to view and shortlist Top Screen applications.
The State Reviewer for Media oversees the 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 films are selected.
After all applications have been viewed and shortlisted, the selection panel meets one final time to select the final program. Factors such as balance, length and copyright status can influence which films are in the final selection.