The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Victoria Tasmania Graduate of the Year Awards, which celebrated the top design graduates from Victoria and Tasmania for 2013, were recently presented at a ceremony in Melbourne.
Nine Victorian and Tasmanian Tertiary Institutes, including NMIT, Box Hill Institute, Monash University, RMIT, and Swinburne, nominated their most talented students in eight categories ranging from industrial design to fashion and textiles.
NMIT students Lynette Lohrey and Jeremy Bryant were named runners up in Interior Design and Decoration, and Jewellery Design, respectively.
Lynley Traeger, a jewellery teacher at NMIT said, “This is the first year that NMIT has been invited to join the awards in the jewellery division, so we are extremely proud that Jeremy has been named one of the top two graduates from Victoria and Tasmania. It’s a fantastic achievement.”
Jeremy graduated from the two-year Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology – Jewellery (now the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design) in 2013. The course focuses on teaching and developing hand skills and prepares students for careers in the jewellery industry. NMIT also offers a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture and a Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design.
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration graduate, Lynette Lohrey, produced excellent work throughout the course, according to Program Coordinator, Nancy Bush. “This is a fantastic result for Lynette and part of her prize is being linked with a recruitment company, which will really expand her job opportunities.”
The two-year Diploma equips students with the skills and knowledge to undertake a range of jobs within the design industry. “Students are able to apply their skills widely and discover their own niche,” Nancy said. “They may find themselves in roles as diverse as colour consulting, retail design, interior design, or heading up their own businesses. The course is designed to ensure that students are industry ready and we’re excited that our students have been runners up in this category for the past two years.”
Pictured (L-R): Jeremy Bryant and Lynley Traeger
Photographer: Elleni Toumpas
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