The 7th Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Victoria-Tasmania Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) have been announced, with the winners selected by ten participating Victorian and Tasmanian Tertiary Institutes including Monash University, Academy of Design Australia, and University of Tasmania.

The Overall Graduate of the Year prize went to RMIT University’s Cassandra Byrnes, who also took out the Fashion & Textile Design award. Thirteen other graduates were recognised, each having submitted anonymous portfolios assessed by a panel of judges from each category’s design discipline.

Each portfolio was evaluated on apparent design solutions, transferrable workplace skills, and the graduates’ predicted impact on the Australian design industry. GOTYA recipients will now progress on to the DIA Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards, which will be announced at Federation Square Atrium Square in Melbourne on May 13, 2015.

Full list of winners:

Overall Graduate of the year: Cassandra Byrnes, RMIT University

Interior Design

Graduate of the Year: Belinda van Donselaar, University of Tasmania
Runner Up: Casey Eagles, Swinburne University of Technology

Interior Design & Decoration

Graduate of the Year: Emily Robertson, CATC Design School
Runner Up: Miho Andresen, RMIT University

Industrial Design

Graduate of the Year: Thomas Millward, Monash University

Runner Up: Matthew Harding, Monash University

Furniture Design

Graduate of the Year: Remy Cerritelli, Swinburne University of Technology
Runner Up: Richard Greenacre, RMIT University

Jewellery Design

Graduate of the Year: Robyn Wilson, Melbourne Polytechnic
Runner Up: Rebecca Koster, Melbourne Polytechnic

Graphic Design

Graduate of the Year: Evelyn Caceres, Swinburne University of Technology
Runner Up: Louise Walker, Monash University

Fashion & Textile Design

Graduate of the Year: Cassandra Byrnes, RMIT University
Runner Up: Rebekah Archer, RMIT University