Terms 1-2 Monday–Friday
Maximum 120 students
The Arts, Technology
Top Designs forums support VCE students of:
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".
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.
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.
Focus on resistant materials, products, and furniture
|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
|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|
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.
|April 26||9.45am & 11.45am|
|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|
|March 3||1.30pm session only in Activity Rooms||Costume designer Chloe Greaves|
|March 24||1.45pm session only||Costume designer Chloe Greaves|
Focus on photography
|May 4||9.45am & 11.45am||Photographer Mark Farrelly|
Focus on film
|May 10||9.45am & 11.45am||Camera operator and film maker from Know Studio Cam Suttie and Teagan Glenane|
Focus on print
|May 10||1.45pm session only||Top Designs 2017 Catalogue Designer Gemma Fields|
|April 19||9.45am & 11.45am||Director of Education and Research at Engineers Without Borders Australia Jennifer Turner|
|April 28||11.45am session only||Luke Deylan|
* Forums on a Tuesday or a third session at 1.45pm this day.
General information from VCAA website