Our Queensland design students win coveted GOTYA State Finalist spots

Sarah Kennedy, GOTYA State Finalist | Interior Design | Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia

Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is proud to announce Natalie Boyd-Mordehai and Rachel Johnston as Design Institute of Australia 2022 GOTYA (Graduate of the Year) Awards State finalists.

The awards were announced Thursday 28 July, at Stylecraft showrooms in capital cities across the country.

At the Queensland award ceremony, Natalie, who studied Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, won the Queensland Interior Decoration Graduate of the Year category, and Rachel, who studied Bachelor of Branded fashion, won the Queensland Fashion Design Graduate of the Year category.

“I’m feeling so happy! It’s incredible to have my work seen and appreciated by such wonderful and talented industry professionals and am ever so grateful to have been able to receive the award,” said Rachel.

“I’m over the moon - it’s a huge achievement and I cannot wait to show the world EEYO,” adds Rachel.

Alycia Simule, who also studied Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration, received a Commendation for Queensland’s Interior Decoration section.

The National Category finals take place 3 August. Billy Blue College of Design wishes our State finalists all the best.

GOTYA Awards Queensland. From left, Sue Chen, Learning Facilitator, Nicole Dann, Learning Facilitator, Alycia Simule, Rachel Johnston, and Jaki Walker, Learning Facilitator 

From left, Sue Chen, Learning Facilitator, Nicole Dann (with Natalie's award), Learning Facilitator, Alycia Simule, Rachel Johnston, and Jaki Walker, Learning Facilitator

Celebrating our design graduates' incredible haul of 2022 State GOTYA finalist spots

We proudly announced our State finalists in the Awards when the shortlist was revealed in July featuring a mighty twelve state finalists from Billy Blue across various disciplines including Fashion Design, Visual Communication Design, Interior Decoration and Interior Design.

It was an incredible number of finalists across the country vying for highly competitive industry recognition. The esteemed program supports and celebrates exceptional designers as they embark on the early stages of their journey into industry.

“Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University has 12 GOTYA finalists which is more than any other university in the country,” said Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside, Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology.

Mentoring recent graduates from across Australia since 2005, GOTYA is a unique awards program instrumental in providing both design graduates and higher education institutions with vital, real-life feedback from experienced designers and industry figures.

“The Design Institute of Australia is the peak industry body for design in Australia so for our graduates to be recognised as the top finalists in the country is strong recognition for the quality of our courses and our focus on industry-ready graduates,” said Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside.

Introducing our 2022 Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University GOTYA State Finalists:

Australian Fashion Design Graduate of the Year

  • Georgia Bellingham, (NSW)
  • Rachel Johnston, (QLD)

Credit: Georgia Bellingham

Australian Visual Communication Design Graduate of the Year

  • Phoebe Calista, (VIC)
  • Phoebe Perkins, (NSW)

Phoebe Calista | GOTYA State Finalist | Billy Blue College of Design | Torrens University Australia

Credit: Phoebe Calista

Australian Interior Decoration Graduate of the Year

  • Alycia Simule, (QLD)
  • Mary Maybury, (VIC)
  • Natalie Boyd - Mordehai, (QLD)
  • Riva Thomson, (VIC)

Natalie Boyd | GOTYA State Finalist | Billy Blue College of Design | Torrens University Australia 

Credit: Natalie Boyd - Mordehai

Australian Interior Design Graduate of the Year

  • Ashleigh Thomas, (NSW)
  • Barbie Payton, (QLD)
  • Ehlayna Jacob, (QLD)
  • Sarah Kennedy, (NSW)

Ehlayna Jacob | GOTYA State Finalist | Billy Blue College of Design | Torrens University Australia

Credit: Ehlayna Jacob

Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside wished our finalists well in the States judging rounds which took place 28 July.

“The design and creative technologies faculty is proud of our students and their achievements.”

Our Billy Blue College of Design graduates have won at GOTYA in recent years and we’re hoping for more at the National finals in 2022. Elicia Muratoglu was awarded QLD Interior Decoration Graduate of the Year in 2021 and in 2019 Elysia Tassis won QLD Fashion Design GOTYA, and Oscar Giraldo from Victoria went on to win the national award for Australian Interior Decoration Graduate of the Year.

Hero image by Sarah Kennedy, Bachelor of Interior Design Commerical from Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia, and Australian Interior Design Graduate of the Year finalist for NSW.

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