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Top Designs education forums 2024

Museum Staff-led
Terms 1 to 2, See dates and times below
60 minutes
Year level
Years 11 to VCE
$9 per student + education service fee
Minimum 20 students
Maximum 150 students
Booking information
Bookings 13 11 02

Explore furniture, fashion, graphic and product design, set, prop and costume design, film, print layout, photography, animation, web design, and mechanical and electronic projects created by students of VCE Media, Product Design and Technology, Systems Engineering, Theatre Studies, Visual Communication Design and VCE VET design studies.

Top Designs runs from Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 9th July.

Follow the Top Designs facebook page.

Forums featuring VCAA representatives and industry speakers are offered in all studies as on-site presentations in the Melbourne Museum Theatre. Introductory talks are also available for selected studies.

Industry speakers will appear below as they are confirmed.

Speaker Bios

Visual Communication and Design

Date Times & Speakers

Monday 25 March

9:30am: Jo Pritchard, Visual Design Manager, Museums Victoria

Tuesday 26 March

9:30am: Jess Louey, Graphic Designer, Museums Victoria

Wednesday 27 March

9:30am: Katherine Horseman, Architect
Beci Orpin, Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Wednesday 8 May

1pm: Dr Gina Moore, Animator & Game Designer

Friday 10 May

9:30am: Paola Di Trocchio, Melbourne Fashion Festival Program Manager
11:15am: Alice Oehr, Illustrator & Designer 

Thursday 16 May

9:30am: Matt Borg, Architect
Jess McGeachin, Illustrator

Product Design & Technology

Date Times & Speakers

Tuesday 7 May

1pm: Sophie Payne, Medical Product Designer

Wednesday 8 May

9:30am: Dr Caroline Francis, Industrial & Food Designer
Leah Heiss, Medical Device Designer

Thursday 9 May

1pm: Dr. Charlie Ranscombe, Product Design Engineer

Tuesday 14 May

11:15am: Kristy Dickinson (Haus of Dizzy), Fashion Designer

Wednesday 15 May

9:30am: Michelle Hyams, Industrial Designer
11.15am: Nikki Mallalieu, Sustainable Product Designer


Date Times & Speakers

Thursday 9 May

9:30am: Mia McDonald, Portrait Photographer

Tuesday 14 May

9:30am: Ali McCann, Photographer


Date Times & Speakers

Tuesday 7 May

9:30am & 11:15am: Max Plumley, Software Engineer

Thursday 9 May

11:15am: Richard Pilkington, Digital Media Systems Engineer

Theatre Studies

Date Times & Speakers

Friday 19 April

10am: TBC


Date Times & Speakers

Wednesday 17 April

10am: TBC


Date Times & Speakers

Thursday 23 May

9:30am: TBC - Product Design

Visit the Top Designs 2024 website


Take a virtual tour of the exhibition, view the works, and look through a selection of exemplar folio pages. 


  • Seminars run for 55 minutes and include a Q&A component.

  • Unfortunately, we are only offering in-person sessions at this stage. Please contact our Bookings team with requests for online forums. We may run these later in May.

  • Due to child privacy laws, we are unable to record the sessions. But we offer them regularly to maximise the opportunity for all students to attend.

  • No, these programs are developed to be booked by a teacher and delivered to a class of students. Home school networks are of course welcome to book programs.

  • Booking prices to view the exhibition alone (without attending a talk) are as follows:

    • $25 for groups less than 10
    • $45 for groups of 10–50
    • $65 for groups of 51–100
    • $85 for groups of 101+

    These bookings can be made through the Museums Victoria Bookings team by emailing: [email protected]

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