Creative Generation: Design

‘Creative Generation: Design’ is a QAGOMA Learning pilot program that seeks to engage senior secondary students in the collaborative process of exhibition design.

The program will provide Year 11 Design students the opportunity to work with peers and professionals to contribute to the design of an interactive space in the Queensland Art Gallery known as ‘Open Studio’.

Providing insights into the creative processes of contemporary Australian artists, ‘Open Studio’ has been a space in the Queensland Art Gallery building where artists are invited to share their studio practice with QAGOMA’s audiences. Throughout the course of the ‘Creative Generation: Design’ program, students will design an interactive space in Open Studio to engage audiences with Queensland design.

‘Creative Generation: Design’ aims to:

  • recognise and nurture design excellence in Queensland schools
  • work with young designers to develop an interactive space that reflects the currency of design in Queensland
  • generate new design education resources for students and teachers
  • connect Queensland schools with tertiary and industry networks

‘Creative Generation: Design’ is a QAGOMA Learning program, supported by the Department of Education, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and Queensland University of Technology School of Design, and developed in consultation with Senior Design teachers Evie Skinner and Tim Osbourne.


‘Creative Generation: Design’ participants will work with QAGOMA staff to deliver a real world outcome opening June 2021. Successful students will be required to participate in online workshops on selected dates across Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021, as well as work independently (with teacher support as required) in between sessions.

Successful students will receive a kit of design materials that will be sent to their school at the beginning of Term 4 2020.

‘Creative Generation: Design’ will be delivered in a virtual capacity at the following times throughout Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021. Each session will be approximately 70 minutes long and take place outside of normal school hours (i.e. from 3.20pm to 4.30pm).

Explore phase (3 sessions)
Thursday 15 October, Thursday 22 October & Friday 23 October 2020

Develop phase (3 sessions)
Thursday 5 November, Thursday 12 November & Thursday 19 November 2020

Design pitch (2 sessions)
Thursday 11 February & Thursday 18 February 2021


Students will

  • attend all online sessions and consistently contribute to aims of the project
  • meet deadlines set as the program progresses through the design phases
  • actively participate in group discussions, critique and reflection
  • support peer learning and development

Teachers will

  • support their student in the role of mentor/coach
  • arrange access to the school’s design studio space/s outside of class times as required
  • have access to continuing professional development as part of their student’s involvement in the program
  • contribute to feedback to assist with the development of future ‘Creative Generation: Design’ programs and initiatives
  • be able to engage with design colleagues and students in ‘Open Studio’ and through QAGOMA Learning programs


  • ensure an equitable and transparent selection processes informed by a panel of experts from design education, gallery learning and the design industry
  • facilitate online workshops in Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021 and provide a productive and safe online learning environment
  • provide students with a design kit that includes materials and learning resources
  • manage intellectual property developed by individuals and groups through the documentation of the creative design process
  • promote the program and its outcomes through the QAGOMA supported promotion and publicity material, including the QAGOMA website.


The program is open to all current Year 11 Queensland state and non-state school students who are enrolled in Senior Design. Nominations close Wednesday 2 September 2020.

To nominate, students are required to develop a response to the Design Brief. The student's response must be authentic and communicate their innovative solution to the design problem and should include both written and visual content (maximum 1 x A3 page in JPEG or PDF format, 5MB).

Teachers must also provide a 25-word written statement supporting the student’s nomination. A maximum of two students per school can be nominated and teachers must have the support of their Head of Department and school principal.

Nominations may only be submitted by teachers — students are not eligible to nominate themselves. Teachers must upload their nomination and student’s response to the Design Brief using the form below by Wednesday 2 September 2020. Submissions may not be accepted after this date.



Nominations open
7 August 2020
Nominations close
2 September 2020
9 September 2020
Successful entry notifications sent to contact teachers
11 September 2020
Student acceptance confirmation received by QAGOMA
18 September 2020
Materials received for participating students (mailed to contact teachers)
Week beginning 5 October 2020
Explore Phase sessions
15, 22 & 23 October 2020
Response to Design Brief due
30 October 2020
Develop Phase sessions
5, 12 & 19 November 2020
Design Proposal due
27 November 2020
Design Proposals collated and workshopped by QAGOMA and other stakeholders
December 2020 – January 2021
Design Pitch sessions
11 & 18 February 2021
Open Studio: Design opens
June 2021

Application Form

School Contact Teacher
The contact teacher will be the key contact person for all entries.
School Information
Students are not permitted to make their own submissions. Entries must be submitted by teachers with the endorsement of their Head of Department (HOD) and school principal. Schools must be located in Queensland.
Head of Department Information
Student Information
Is the student currently in Year 11 and studying Senior Design?
Student Nomination
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