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, real-life 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.

Categories
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 11 November 2019 EXTENDED!
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

The GOTYA Information Pack includes entry information, process, requirements, award categories, terms and conditions.

Information Pack

For each nomination, institutions are required to submit:
• Tertiary Name
• Tertiary Postal Address
• Tertiary Website
• DIA Membership Number for Education Members
• Educator Name
• Educator Email + Mobile Number

For each graduate, institutions are required to submit:
• Graduate Name
• Course Name + AQF Level
• Graduate Personal Email + Mobile Number
• Graduate Postal Address

Nominate Now

For more information, contact Head of National Programs and Events, Caroline Caneva ccaneva@design.org.au.

2019 Graduate of the Year Awards

Our biggest year yet, the DIA received a record number of 200 + nominations from design educators from 24 tertiary intuitions across Australia including:

  • Box Hill Institute
  • Curtin University of Technology
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • Kangan Institute
  • LCI Melbourne
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Monash University
  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Sydney Design School
  • TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore
  • TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio
  • TAFE Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University

The 2019 GOTYAs are an excellent line-up of Australia’s next generation of design visionaries.

2019 Graduate of the Year Awards recipients:

Australian Graduate of the Year,
Madeline Lester
Award
Jordan Domjahn
Queensland University of Technology, QLD

Australian Fashion Design
Graduate of the Year

Eitan Broude
Curtin University, WA

Prizes:

  • 12 month mentoring relationship
  • DIA Graduate Membership

View project submission

Australian Industrial / Product Design
Graduate of the Year

Jordan Domjahn
Queensland University of Technology, QLD

Prizes:

  • 12 month mentoring relationship
  • DIA Graduate Membership

View project submission

Australian Interior Decoration
Graduate of the Year

Oscar Giraldo
Torrens University, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC

Prizes:

  • 12 month mentoring relationship
  • DIA Graduate Membership
  • World of Colour Atlas Pack sponsored by Dulux

View project submission

Australian Interior Design
Graduate of the Year

Zarah Baitz
University of New South Wales, NSW

Prizes:

  • 12 month mentoring relationship
  • DIA Graduate Membership
  • World of Colour Atlas Pack sponsored by Dulux

View project submission

Australian Textile Design
Graduate of the Year

Lauren Stringini
RMIT University, VIC

Prizes:

  • 12 month mentoring relationship
  • DIA Graduate Membership

View project submission

Australian Visual Communication Design
Graduate of the Year

Emily Renner
University of South Australia, SA

Prizes:

  • 12 month mentoring relationship
  • DIA Graduate Membership

View project submission

2019 State Graduate of the Year Awards

Best in State
Graduate of the Year Award

Graduate of the Year Eden Payne from University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Jordan Domjahn from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Joshua Bernardi from University of South Australia, SA
Laura Tune from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Emma Brisbane-Cohen from Curtin University, WA

Fashion Design
Graduate of the Year Award

Charlotte Terry from TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio, NSW
Elysia Tassis from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, QLD
Helena Dong from RMIT University, VIC
Eitan Broude from Curtin University, WA
Commendation
Hannah Goddard from University of New South Wales, NSW

Furniture Design
Commendation Ivana Taylor from University of New South Wales, NSW
Cameron Moorhouse from RMIT University, VIC

Industrial / Product Design
Graduate of the Year Award

Eloise Cleary from University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Jordan Domjahn from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Joshua Bernardi from University of South Australia, SA
Laura Tune from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Simon Haeser from North Metropolitan TAFE, WA
Commendation
Alexander Hayward from Flinders University, SA
Joandita Centika from RMIT University, VIC
Charlotte May from University of Western Australia, WA

Interior Decoration
Graduate of the Year

Jerrod Murphy from Sydney Design School, NSW
Amanda Lewis from TAFE Queensland, QLD
Oscar Giraldo from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC
Commendation
Katrina Adriano from Sydney Design School, NSW
Chloe Buisson from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC

Interior Design
Graduate of the Year
Zarah Baitz from University of New South Wales, NSW
Kasey Wilson from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Yin Shan Chee from University of South Australia, SA
Imogen Bird from LCI Melbourne, VIC
Emma Brisbane-Cohen from Curtin University, WA
Commendation
Luis Carvajal from Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design, VIC

Jewellery Design
Commendation

Fiona Fitzgerald from Melbourne Polytechnic, VIC

Textile Design
Graduate of the Year

Luna (Anqi) Song from TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio, NSW
Lauren Stringini from RMIT University, VIC

Visual Communication Design
Graduate of the Year

Eden Payne from University of Technology Sydney, NSW
Ulamila Lesuma from Queensland University of Technology, QLD
Emily Renner from University of South Australia, SA
Nicole Giannenas from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
Andrew Reid from North Metropolitan TAFE, WA
Commendation
Wilson Leung from University of Technology Sydney, NSW

2018 Graduate of the Year Awards recipients:

  • Australian Graduate of the Year, Madeline Lester Award
    Jessica Gregory from RMIT University, VIC
  • Australian Fashion / Textile Design Graduate of the Year Award
    Jessica Gregory from RMIT University, VIC
    View project submission
  • Australian Industrial / Product Design Graduate of the Year Award
    Troy Baverstock from QCA, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, QLD
    View project submission
  • Australian Interior Design / Interior Decoration Graduate of the Year
    Chrissa Drosopoulos from Swinburne University of Technology, VIC
    View project submission
  • Australian Jewellery / Object Design Graduate of the Year
    Renee Hope from Melbourne Polytechnic, VIC
    View project submission
  • Australian Visual Communication Design Graduate of the Year
    Louise Robinson from University of South Australia, SA
    View project submission