VCE Season of Excellence 2018 

VCE Season of Excellence awards

VCAA Board Appreciation Award

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Image from VCAA Board Appreciation Award recipient Thomas Emerson's Acrobatic Series,  featured in Top Arts 2018

The VCAA Board Appreciation Award was established in 2015 to acknowledge and celebrate the talent, hard work and dedication of VCE students whose work has been included in exhibitions during the VCE Season of Excellence.

The Board awards a prize to one Top Designs exhibitor and one Top Arts exhibitor, with both winners receiving a certificate and $1000 to put towards their continued education and exploration of their chosen fields. The Board views the exhibitions in April each year and the winners are decided by a vote.

The 2018 recipients of the VCAA Board Appreciation Award were Top Designs exhibitor Holly Robertson (Ballarat High School) and Top Arts exhibitor Thomas Emerson (St Kevin's College).

Holly's work Patanga, a handmade dress, was produced using techniques such as eco-dyeing and machine cording.  Thomas took away the award for his haunting and experimental series of photographs, titled Acrobatic Series.

Top Screen People’s Choice Award

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Top Screen 2018 People’s Choice Award Winner Con Coutis (Scotch College)

The Top Screen People’s Choice Award awards the filmmaker with the highest number of audience votes with a certificate and generous prize pack.

Audience members receive a voting card with their program and are encouraged to select their favourite film after each screening. The People’s Choice Award celebrates and encourages the hard work of a  Top Screen filmmaker and commends their ability to connect to audiences.

In 2018, the Top Screen People’s Choice Award was awarded to Con Coutis (Scotch College) for his comedic silent film spoof The Unspoken Rule.

Top Screen Jury Prize

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Inaugural Top Screen Jury Prize winner Darcy Cousins (Peninsula Grammar) at ACMI

The Top Screen Jury Prize recognises outstanding filmmaking talent from the Top Screen program based on a range of criteria, including originality, conceptual development, and the use of genre and style.

The award winner is selected by a Jury, which in 2018 included documentary director Hollie Fifer, ACMI film educator and writer Garry Westmore, and the State Reviewer for Media, Brett Lamb.

The inaugural Top Screen Jury Prize was awarded to Darcy Cousins (Peninsula Grammar) for his cringe-comedy The Sauce of My Success, which made audiences laugh and cry during Top Screen 2018. Darcy was awarded a certificate and prize pack at the final Top Screen 2018 screening.


Deans Art Prizes

The annual Deans Art prizes award budding designers on exhibit at the Top Designs exhibition a certificate of achievement and $200 voucher to put towards future creative endeavours.

In 2018, the Deans Art prizes were awarded to five talented Top Designers across the categories sustainability, community values, innovative use of resources, original thought, and research and development. The prizes were presented by Deans Art representative Daniella Scaramuzzino.

2018 recipients of the Deans Art Prizes

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Ingrid Crossing's VCE Theatre Studies costume design for Animal Farm, which took away the Deans Art Prize for Innovative Use of Resources

Innovative Use of Resources 
Ingrid Crossing (St Catherine's School) for her VCE Theatre Studies design for Animal Farm

Sustainable Practice
Holly Robertson (Ballarat High School) for her VCE Product Design and Technology garment Patanga

Original Thought
Victor Moore (Billanook College) for his VCE Media film The Keeper

Community Values
Andrew Kroger (Scotch College) for his VCE Systems Engineering eye-controlled wheelchair.

Research and Development
Grace Wilson (Ringwood Secondary College) for her VCE Visual Communication design work for client Bush Billy Design.

Creative Museums Program

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2018 Creative Museums Program recipients with Museums Victoria Director of Experience and Engagement Caro Llewellyn (pictured second from left), VCAA CEO David Howes (pictured far left) and designer Leah Heiss (pictured far right). (L-R) Victoria Pritchard, Charlie Dixon, Isabella Moerkerk, Lleyton Abduli, Jenna Tang and Sarah Tucker

The Creative Museums Program, introduced in 2017 through collaboration between the VCAA and Museums Victoria, is a seven-day immersive experience where students will undertake professional development and career education within the extraordinary Melbourne Museum. The program is led by their award-winning design, exhibition, education and digital teams, and aims to foster and inspire young Victorians who have a passion for design to further develop their creativity within the multifaceted world of a creative museum.

Students whose work had been selected for Top Designs are invited to apply for the program, and a panel consisting of Museums Victoria and VCAA staff select the recipients.

These young designers will work in areas that include Exhibitions and Built Environments, Digital Interactives and Online Systems, and Visual Communication and Product Design. Participants will build upon their knowledge and take away valuable skills that they can use in further study and employment.

2018 recipients of the Creative Museums Program

  • Isabella Moerkerk (Horsham College) for VCE Visual Communication Design
  • Sarah Tucker (Toorak College) for VCE Media Film
  • Victoria Pritchard (Taylors Lakes Secondary College) for VCE VET Creative Digital Media
  • Leyton Abduli (Berwick College) for VCE Product Design & Technology
  • Jenna Tang (East Doncaster Secondary College) for VCE Media Film
  • Charlie Dixon (Trinity Grammar School) for VCE Product Design and Technology

These young designers will work in areas that include Exhibitions and Built Environments, Digital Interactives and Online Systems, and Visual Communication and Product Design. Participants will build upon their knowledge and take away valuable skills that they can use in further study and employment.

Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships

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Recipients of the 2018 Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships for performance, Eliza Bennetts O'Connor and Ally Cho (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School)

The Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 by the family of the late Margaret Schofield. The award is open to students who have completed their VCE at a government secondary school and provides assistance to the recipients to pursue further studies in music performance and composition. Margaret Schofield was one of Australia's leading pianists. Her distinguished career included performances as a soloist, accompanist and actively teaching the piano for almost 60 years.

Margaret Schofield's life and career are recognised through this scholarship which has been established by her family in recognition of her achievements and commitment to the provision of educational opportunities for all. The scholarship is open to students who have completed their VCE at a government secondary school and provides assistance in funding ongoing music study at a tertiary institution.

In 2018, the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships in the Performance category were awarded to VCE Music Performance and Music Investigation students Eliza Bennetts O'Connor and Ally Cho (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School). The scholarship for Composition was awarded to VCE Music Style and Composition student Alexander Owens (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School).

View more information about the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships

Top Arts Macquarie Group People’s Choice Awards and
Collection Prize

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2018 Top Arts Macquarie Group People’s Choice Award winning work, The Wonderland by YeonKyung Kim (Heathdale Christian College)

As Principal Partner of Top Arts, Macquarie Group presents cash prizes to the artists of the three most popular pieces in the exhibition.

In 2018, YeonKyung Kim (Heathdale Christian College) took away first prize in the People's Choice Award. Her work The Wonderland tells a hidden story through varying landscapes, painstakingly created using fine-liners and pencil.

Runners-up in the Macquarie Group People's Choice Award were Madeline King (Kingswood College), for her work Nujeen Mustafa, and Declan Ladd (Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School) for  his work Drain Dreams, respectively.

The Macquarie Group Collection Prize also recognises one artist whose work best represents the Macquarie Collection theme ‘the land and its psyche’. In 2018, the prize was awarded to Daniel Pergolini (Loyola College) for his Aerial Landscapes, which depict impressive and symmetrical industrial landscapes from a birds-eye view.