2015 Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards

27 April 2015
12 May 2015


Each year the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) reviews and improves its student programs, processes and criteria to ensure unbiased recognition by liaising between educational institutions and the design industry. Generous industry support allows the DIA to present an award prize pool that include cash, products, courses, publicity and DIA memberships.

The exceptional quality of design work, breadth of thought, and strong consideration for sustainable practices will continue to be reflected in this year's program. The influx of talent entering the design profession continues to be an encouraging and positive sign of a strong future for the region’s design industry.

State GOTYA Programs
State branches of the DIA will notify educators when the state award program is running and invite their participation in the GOTYA segment.  Educators will be invited to showcase the capabilities of their top three students through work which reflects the worlds changing needs, innovative design practice and design excellence in all or any of the ten categories.  To be considered for a GOTYA prize at state level each student selected by the educators will be required to submit three A2 boards from their portfolio of work and attend an interview. 

Australasian GOTYA Program
First prize winners of state level GOTYA programs will be submitted to a national judging process which will also include entries from New Zealand.  The Australasian program will judge the three boards and a statement on Design Philosophy to select winners at Federation Square in each category (see below), with an overall Australasian GOTYA winner announced.

New Zealand Entrants
Educators in NZ will be asked to send the work of their top student (per category) including a written statement of the student’s Design Philosophy for judging at the DIA.  A winner in each category will be selected for inclusion at Federation Square.


Interior Design
Interior Decoration
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Fashion & Textile Design
Jewellry Design

Overall Winner - Award of Excellence - $1,000 cash + media endorsement
Category Winner – vouchers/products to the value of c. $1,000 AUD
All prizes will be received by the winners within two months of the awards taking place.

Submission Deadlines:
27 April 2015 – Deadline for the entries
11 - 17 May - Pre-selection Process

12 May 2015 – Judging Process results announced


Official website here.
facebook page here.

Educators are invited to nominate their top students based on a portfolio of work created in 2014 or 2015. For more information contact Katherine Sip psmith@design.org.au


About ico-D Endorsements
Each year, ico-D endorses a select group of international activities that advance our objective to promote the value of design. Endorsed events demonstrate that they enhance the standards of design, ethics and professional practice. For design awards, an ico-D endorsement is recognition that it has been organised to meet international best practice guidelines under ico-D’s policies and best practices – including jury composition, evaluation criteria and intellectual property protection.

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