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Top Designs

What is Top Designs?

Top Designs is an annual exhibition at Melbourne Museum presenting work created by students who completed VCE Media, Product Design and Technology, Systems Engineering, Theatre Studies and Visual Communication Design, as well as a range of VCE VET studies including Creative and Digital Media, Furnishing, Integrated Technologies and Music Industry (Sound Production).

Top Designs 2020

Showcasing excellence and innovation by Victoria’s young emerging designers, Top Designs celebrates its 20th anniversary at Melbourne Museum. Visit Top Designs 2020 to take a virtual tour of the exhibition, view the works and exhibitor statements, and purchase the digital catalogue with selected folio pages.

Top Designs 2020 Exhibitors

The 88 students from across Victoria who have been selected for Top Designs 2020


Top Designs 2020 Exhibitors list (docx - 88.79kb)

Top Designs 2020 shortlisted students

The 78 students from across Victoria who were shortlisted for Top Designs 2020


Top Designs 2020 Shortlist (docx - 89.99kb)

Ticketing and venue information

Purchase tickets

Entry to Top Designs is free with museum entry. Students can enter Melbourne Museum for free.

Visit the Top Designs webpage on the Museums Victoria website for more information about museum entry, dates and education forums. School bookings for Top Designs 2020 will open on Monday 2 December 2019.

Education bookings
Visit the School visit information page on the Museums Victoria website for information about education bookings

Venue information

Top Designs is held at Melbourne Museum, located in Carlton Gardens between Rathdowne St and Nicholson St, Melbourne.

Public transport near Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum is located a short walking distance from train, bus and tram services.

Parliament Railway Station
City loop train to Parliament Station.

Nicholson St trams
Tram route 86 or tram route 96 to corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets.

City Circle trams
Free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade.

Rathdowne St buses
Bus routes 250, 251 and 402 to Rathdowne Street.

Local bicycle facilities include bike lanes on Rathdowne St and Canning St. There is also a shared pedestrian/bike path on Nicholson St. Bicycle racks on the Plaza provide ample bike parking just outside the front door.

For more information about visiting Melbourne Museum, please go to the Melbourne Museum website


Mobility Impairments

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Melbourne Museum has wheelchair access within the museum to get around the exhibition spaces with ease. A variety of seating options within different areas of the exhibition space are available if rest is required.

Vision Impairments

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Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome at the Melbourne Museum. The Top Designs exhibition space has good lighting and object labels adhere to larger print/clearer font/colour contrast requirements.

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Audio described tours will be presented in 2020. Please visit the Melbourne Museum website for bookings and further information, or call Melbourne Museum on 13 11 02.

Hearing impairments

Screen based works at Top Designs are subtitled.

For information about venue accessibility, visit the Melbourne Museum accessibility webpage.

Educational resources

Films and podcasts

For Top Screen resources, including short documentaries and podcasts, visit Top Screen Educational resources.

VCE Theatre Studies

The following films explore the work of VCE Theatre Studies students featured in Top Designs 2018.

Ingrid Crossing, Top Designs 2018
St Catherine's School
Old Major, Animal Farm
Costume and make-up

Duration: 7 minutes 15 seconds
Animal Farm - Ingrid Crossing Transcript (docx - 28.68kb)

Reuben Cumming, Top Designs 2018
Footscray City College
Scrooge, A Christmas Carol
Set and sound design

Duration: 6 minutes 43 seconds
Set and Sound -  Reuben Cumming Transcript (docx - 27.82kb)

Sophia James, Top Designs 2018
Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School
Old Major, Animal Farm
Costume and make-up

Duration: 5 minutes 8 seconds
Animal Farm - Sophia James Transcript (docx - 27.36kb)

VCE Systems Engineering

The following films explore the work of VCE Systems Engineering students featured in Top Designs 2017.

Jimmy Trac, Top Designs 2017
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Water Quality Station, video starts at the beginning

Tom Algie, Top Designs 2017
Beaconhills College, Pakenham
Exoskeleton, video starts at 6 minutes

Xavier Roberts, Top Designs 2017
Templestowe College
Score Scroll, video starts at 13 minutes  36 seconds 

Duration: 19 minutes 57 seconds

Kyle Postlethwaite, Top Designs 2017
Ballarat Grammar
Kynobot Welder’s Workbench

Duration: 7 minutes 27 seconds


The following podcast explores the work of VCE Media Print student Isaac Gammon featured in Top Designs 2017.

Isaac Gammon, Top Designs 2017
Methodist Ladies’ College
Episode 18: Gone by Isaac Gammon
Duration: 6 minutes 47 seconds