With a long history of celebrating Victoria and Tasmania’s top design graduates, the Design Institute of Australia Victoria and Tasmania branch staged the 9th Graduate of the Year Awards ceremony at Brickworks Design Studio on 29 March 2017.
Attended by new and established design industry identities, educators and partner representatives, students and their supporters, the evening provided the perfect platform to celebrate the incredible talent of the next generation of designers.
“The Design Institute of Australia is proud to recognise and celebrate our future design leaders through the GOTYA program and acknowledge the determination, ambition and effort that students go to in order to graduate. Now in its ninth year, GOTYA attracts entries from leading education institutions in Victoria and Tasmania. Each year the submissions include the highest calibre of graduates across all design disciplines. GOTYA is just one aspect of the DIA’s commitment to supporting design education through a suite of programs aimed at connecting design educators, students and the design profession. The DIA acknowledge the contribution of the participating design institutes, the judges and the industry in general that give their energy to support emerging designers,” says DIA Victoria Tasmania President, Valerie Mack.
Nine participating Victorian and Tasmanian Tertiary Institutes including Academy of Design Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, CATC Design School, Melbourne Polytechnic, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, Tasmanian College of the Arts and University of Tasmania nominated its most talented 2016 graduates.
A panel of judges from each design discipline assess anonymous portfolios in the field of Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Interior Design and Decoration, Jewellery Design, Textile Design and Visual Communication Design.
The overall graduate of the year was Alexandra Tyquin from Swinburne University of Technology. The student was a stand-out due to her unique and unwavering enthusiasm and her ability to consistently deliver exceptional designs.
Each category of GOTYA recipients will be automatically entered into the DIA Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards.Alexandra Tyquin was named overall graduate of the year.