Top Designs 2017 forums

MUSEUM STAFF-LED

Years 11-VCE
Terms 1-2 Monday–Friday

Maximum 120 students

The Arts, Technology

School programs and resources

Top Designs forums support VCE students of:

  • Product Design & Technology
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Food and Technology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Media
  • VET Interactive Digital Media
  • Theatre Studies

They consist of an introductory talk from a representative of the VCAA, addressing the school-assessed task using examples from Top Designs' exhibited works, folios and design plans.

This is followed by a presentation by an industry professional who represents best practice within their particular field of design. In some instances, there will also be a previous or current Top Designs exhibitor speaking. The forum allows time for Q&A. Students are encouraged to prepare questions for the speakers.

For Food Studies only, there will be an overview of key information about the new study design and a guided tour of the Milarri Gardens in Bunjilaka to explore how First Peoples draw on deep knowledge of the flora and fauna for food, technology and medicine.

Students then visit the Top Designs exhibition.

Student worksheets are available at the bottom of this page under "Related links".

2017 program

Times: 9.45am and 11.45am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, except for those indicated below with an asterisk, Home Economics Day (which falls on a Tuesday), and those days where a third session at 1.45pm will be offered.

Duration: allow up to 3 hours. Includes 75 minute forum and 1 hour exhibition viewing time.

Dates and speakers

All forums feature a presentation by a VCAA representative as well as an industry guest speaker. Industry speakers will appear below as they are confirmed.

Product Design & Technology

Focus on resistant materials, products, and furniture

Date Times Speakers
March 29 9.45am & 11.45am Furniture/product designer and maker Ashley Allen with Top Designs 2016 Exhibitor Jarrod Lawson 
May 1 9.45am & 11.45am Furniture/product designer and maker Dale Hardiman
May 5 9.45am & 11.45am Furniture/product designer and maker Dale Hardiman

Focus on textiles and fashion

Date Times Speakers
March 23 9.45am & 11.45am Costume designer Chloe Greaves and Top Designs 2014 exhibitor Laura McKenzie
April 21 9.45am Costume designer Chloe Greaves and Top Designs 2014 exhibitor Laura McKenzie
April 21 11.45am Shoe designer Claire Best with Top Designs 2017 Exhibitor Mariah Kehaidis
May 17 9.45am & 11.45am Costume designer Chloe Greaves and Top Designs 2014 exhibitor Laura McKenzie

VCE Food Studies

For Food Studies only, we will be offering a half hour talk with the VCAA representative about alterations to the curriculum and a tour of the Milarri Gardens in Bunjilaka. Students will hear how First Peoples of Victoria live sustainably on the land, drawing on deep knowledge of the flora and fauna of their country.

Date Times
April 26 9.45am & 11.45am

Visual Communication Design

Date Times Speakers
March 20* 9.45am, 11.45am & 1.45pm Artist, designer and teacher Dawn Tan
March 22* 9.45am Designer Gemma Field
March 22* 11.45am & 1.45pm Illustrator Tracy Chaplin
March 24 9.45am & 11.45am Illustrator and letterer Kate Pullen
March 27* 9.45am & 11.45am Artist, designer and teacher Dawn Tan
March 27* 1.45pm Architect Ben Milbourne
March 31* 9.45am, 11.45am & 1.45pm Illustrator and letterer Kate Pullen
April 20* 9.45am Architect Fraser Paxton
April 20* 11.45am Illustrator Andrea Innocent
April 20* 1.45pm Illustrator Tracy Chaplin
April 27* 9.45am Graphic Designer and Top Designs 2012 Exhibitor Darcy Vescio
April 27* 11.45am Illustrator Tam Bower
April 27* 1.45pm Industrial Designer Tim Collins
May 3* 9.45am & 11.45am Communication designer Chris Murphy
May 3* 1.45pm Architect John Doyle
May 8* 9.45am & 11.45am Architect Virginia Mannering 
May 8* 1.45pm Communication Designer Andrew O’Keeffe
May 11 9.45am & 11.45am Artist and animator Isobel Knowles
May 12 9.45am & 11.45am Illustrator and letterer Kate Pullen
May 15 9.45am & 11.45am Artist and animator Isobel Knowles
May 18 9.45am & 11.45am CEO Creative Director of Charlwood Design, Industrial Designer Paul Charlwood

Theatre Studies

 

Date Times Speakers
March 3 1.30pm session only in Activity Rooms Costume designer Chloe Greaves
March 24 1.45pm session only Costume designer Chloe Greaves

Media

Focus on photography

Date Times Speakers
May 4 9.45am & 11.45am Photographer Mark Farrelly

Focus on film

Date Times Speakers
May 10 9.45am & 11.45am Camera operator and film maker from Know Studio Cam Suttie and Teagan Glenane

Focus on print

Date Times Speakers
May 10 1.45pm session only Top Designs 2017 Catalogue Designer Gemma Fields

Systems Engineering

Date Times Speakers
April 19 9.45am & 11.45am Director of Education and Research at Engineers Without Borders Australia Jennifer Turner

VCE VET Interactive Digital Media

Date Times Speakers
April 28 11.45am session only Luke Deylan

* Forums on a Tuesday or a third session at 1.45pm this day.

Curriculum links

General information from VCAA website