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    2015 DIA Victoria-Tasmania Graduate of the Year Awards winners

    Geraldine Chua

    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

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