16.09.19 / DIA Graduate of the Year Awards 2020 / Nominations open

The Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) is the Design Institute of Australia’s flagship program for emerging designers.

GOTYA is a unique program created to support and celebrate exceptional designers from around Australia in the early stages of their career.

This program is instrumental in providing tertiary institutions and design graduates with vital, reallife feedback from experienced designers and industry figures.

Tertiary institutions are invited to nominate 6 graduates per category per state, selected not only on their work but also their work ethic and perceived ability to transfer their skills to the workplace.

Nominee portfolios will be anonymously evaluated on their design excellence based on a transparent judging process and criteria. Finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges to determine their transferable workplace skills and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.

GOTYA winners have the opportunity to gain mentorships, win prizes, meet potential employers and most importantly receive acknowledgement and engagement from the design community.

AQF Level 6: Advanced Diploma or above
Fashion Design
Industrial / Product Design
Interior Design
Jewellery Design
Textile Design
Visual Communications Design
AQF Level 5: Diploma or above
Furniture Design
Interior Decoration

Important Dates
Nominations Open 16 September 2019
Nominations Close 21 October 2019
Entries Open 11 November 2019
Entries Close 16 December 2019
Judging – Portfolio 20 - 31 January 2020
Judging – Interviews 17 - 28 February 2020
Judging – National 23 March – 3 April 2020
Awards Ceremonies 23 April 2020

For more information, please visit Graduate of the Year Awards here.

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