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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
$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 24 March – Sunday 14 July.

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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, Fashion writer, curator and speaker
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

11:15am: 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: Leah Heiss, Medical Device Designer
11.15am: Lou Endicott, Illustrator


Date Times & Speakers

Thursday 9 May

9:30am: Mia McDonald, Portrait Photographer


Date Times & Speakers

Tuesday 7 May

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: Tom Brayshaw, Theatre Production, Technical and Lighting Designer


Date Times & Speakers

Thursday 23 May

10am: Hailey Cooperrider, game designer and collaboration designer

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2024, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

Visit the Top Designs 2024 web hub

You can take a virtual tour of the exhibition, view the works, request exemplar folio pages, download a catalogue of works and find accessibility resources. 


  • 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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