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UC Students Podcast – ‘Making A Difference’

Students | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism / Sports Media)

UC Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism) and Bachelor of Communication and Media (Sports Media) students have produced a podcast as part of a national project involving journalism schools around the Pacific as a part of their membership for The Junction.

“Humbled and Honoured” – Our Honorary Doctorate Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton | Arts & Design

It was a day that Middleton recounts in her 2011 book An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan, the political backstory to how Australia got involved in the war, starting from September 11 when, in that Washington hotel room she saw the plane hit the World Trade Center....

The Third Place

Renee Douros | Bachelor of the Built Environment (Interior Architecture)/ Bachelor of Communication and Media

Arts and Design alumni Renee Douros, talks about her most recent business venture, Adytum.“My studies in Interior Architecture equipped me with a solid understanding of design principles, theory, and history – which has also come into use when dealing with architects across my various projects,” says Renee.

Dickson Living Rooms

Arts & Design | Design and the Built Environment

Dickson Living Rooms is a physical and digital heritage project that seeks to expose the lived-experiences of Dickson residents through the decades: 1960s-2020s. The project is delivered by a multidisciplinary team consisting of academics and students from the UC Faculty of Arts and Design and is supported by a City Renewal Authority (CRA) Dickson Grant.

Myles Ahead of the Curve

Myles Chandler | Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of Canberra in 2005, he’s moved interstate to design boats, travelled to the UK to pursue yacht design, and is the co-owner of a café in the New Acton precinct.His latest project – Goodspeed Bicycle Co. – has taken Myles to exactly where he wants to be.Myles has clocked up these achievements since graduating from UC, but to understand what motivates him, we need to back-pedal to 2001....

Her Canberra CEO Leading by Example

Amanda Whitley | Bachelor of Communication and Media

UC Faculty of Arts and Design alumna, one of Canberra’s best-known entrepreneurs, CEO and founder of HerCanberra, Amanda Whitley provides huge inspiration with her innovative outlook, resilience and hard work, as she juggles family commitments with a burgeoning business. The success of HerCanberra has brought many accolades for Amanda. She was awarded the title of ACT Woman of the Year in 2016 and was named one of the ‘100 Years, 100 Great Women’ by UN Australia, for making a difference to Canberra.

UC + ACT Health presents CCS Outdoor Space CO-Design

Lyn Norton | Bachelor of the Built Environment

Students from Caroline Chisholm School have been working with talented UC Faculty of Arts and Design students (pictured) throughout the semester to come up with five amazing outdoor spaces as part of ACT Health’s ‘It’s Your Move’ project. The designs include a:ninja warrior course, bike track, sensory garden, Indigenous gathering circle, and nature play area.

CCCR’s Ursula Frederick wins National Trust Award

Ursula Frederick | Arts & Design

Honeysuckle Creek and the ACT hold a special place in the exploration of the moon. Last year, on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, an exhibition, backed by the ACT Government under its Heritage Grants Program celebrated Canberra region’s role in that occasion. The exhibition, titled Promised the Moon: 1969-2019, was initiated and curated by Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Ursula Frederick from the UC Faculty of Arts and Design

The Global Lab: Risk and Crisis Management

Hitomi Nakanishi | the Built Environment

Dr Hitomi Nakanishi and PhD student Rangga Wargadalam are invited to talk about agent-based flood/tsunami evacuation modeling in this episode of the 'Global Lab' podcast.

Cross-Cultural Design for Healthy Ageing

Fanke Peng, Et al. | Bachelor of Design

Design and Health colleagues Lisa Scharoun, Danny Hills, Carlos Montana-Hoyos, Fanke Peng, Vivien Sung publish their many years of research and practical pedagogical experiences around cross-cultural and multidisciplinary design for healthy ageing.

UC'S 30th Anniversary: From Iran to Canberra

Gevork Hartoonian | Master of Architecture

Retirement is a dirty word for Gevork Hartoonian. But at 74 years of age, he will officially hang up his academic gown and cap at the end of 2020, when he retires from the Faculty of Arts and Design, School of Design and the Built Environment.

Future Bright: How Pop Culture Can Shape Society

Jason Bainbridge | Arts & Design

Professor Bainbridge joined UC as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design in August 2019. He developed his keen interest in film studies, law and popular culture completing a Law/Arts degree and PhD and these studies continue to provide an important basis for much of his research. "“I’ve looked at series like Law & Order, Perry Mason and Ally McBeal, films adapted from John Grisham novels and even comic book superheroes like Daredevil and She Hulk and how they present the superhero as an alternative justice figure."

Forging Ahead Without Fear

Jamie Wilson | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Corporate and Public Communication)

Upon graduating from FAD, Jamie upped the ante, believing there was a void in Canberra’s advertising market with space for a younger, more agile, and commercially-focused marketing agency – one that inspired creative ideas and could execute these across every discipline.That company was Coordinate, which is now Canberra’s leading advertising agency.

Online safety grant awarded to UC researchers

Dr Catherine Page Jeffery | Arts & Design

Parents and children across Canberra are set to become more educated in the online safety space thanks to researchers from the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Canberra, who today received a $118,000 grant to establish the ‘Safe Online Together’ program.

Listening to First Nations Voices – Podcast 6

Sally Witchalls; Passang Dorji; Aleara Pearce; Miles Mckenzie | Professional Practice

This podcast was developed to educate people on Indigenous ways of being, doing and knowing, and to inspire awareness and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness Aboriginal people bring to Australia.

Celebrating nurses; the beating heart of healthcare

Teegan Sear | Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Heritage)

Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system. They are hardworking, adaptable, and resilient. From the frontline of battlefields to facing the pandemic, their role in the world makes a fitting theme for this year. As part of the globally recognised Year of the Nurse and Midwife, seven students from the Faculty of Arts and Design created an exhibition that celebrates the vital role of nurses in our society.

Helping small businesses survive and thrive in a pandemic

Eliza Maddever | Professional Practice WIL

A new era of online innovation is sparking hope for Canberra’s entrepreneurs and small businesses, facing the impacts of the pandemic.To assist small businesses in navigating these stressful times, six students from the University of Canberra designed an online Toolkit on behalf of the International Association of Business Communicators. Hannah Gollasch, Eliza Maddever, Stella Abeysinghe, Leo Sloan, Esther Abakah, Angus Moore

Setting a target on national security development

Cara Lehr | Professional Practice WIL

Students from Journalism, Film and Communications and Media have been busy behind the scenes of the Australian Crisis Simulation Summit being held in Canberra. Student Cara Lehr reflects on her experience with CURIEUX.

IBQC Inaugural Forum Announced

Charles Lemkhert | Bachelor of Building and Construction Management

The University of Canberra and the International Code Council are pleased to be hosting the inaugural annual Forum of the International Building Quality Centre (IBQC). The Forum will also formally launch the first IBQC publication entitled: IBQC Principles for Good Practice Building Regulation

Women in Innovation: Dr Cathy Hope

Cathy Hope | Arts & Design

"If you see your ideas and projects as 'experiments' in the way a scientist would, then you can set yourself free of fear of failure."

FADLife: Dr Larry Hu

Larry Hu | Building and Construction Management

“Governments at all levels acknowledge the importance of transitioning Australia’s built environment to a more environmentally sustainable future” (The Parliament of Australia).

Kamberra: Many Nations One Country

Marissa McDowell and Lisa Fuller | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

‘Kamberra’ is a Ngunnawal word meaning ‘meeting place’. It’s a perfect representation for what the city has become, particularly in regard to the many First Nations Australians living here today. Lisa Fuller is a Murri woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra.

National Biography Prize for FAD Alumni, Dr Mullins

Patrick Mullins | Centre for Creative and Cultural Research

UC adjunct Dr Patrick Mullins recently won the National Biography Prize. Dr Mullins is a Faculty of Arts and Design Alumni and the completion of the book was supported by a UC CCCR Donald Horne Creative & Cultural Fellowship.

Dog parties and wine bars: Haig Park activations return for spring

Cathy Hope | Arts & Design

A calendar of free events presented by the City Renewal Authority that brought new life to Braddon’s Haig Park in 2019... are back for the warmer months of 2020 —along with a host of fresh, COVID-safe events, activities and installations, presented in partnership with the University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts and Design.

Grads 2020: Elly Taylor - Story Telling and Smiles

Elly Taylor | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

Since finishing her Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), Elly Taylor has joined forces with her sister Bethany and fellow UC graduate Ashley McGrath, to pursue their passion for storytelling and opened a publishing company, Swell Publications. And despite only having graduated this year, the business has taken off!

Designing for Sustainability

Sam Tomkins | Bachelor of Design

In an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, the global problem of plastic waste is one that requires new and unique solutions.

Older Canberrans need help with Zoom and Skype to stay connected

Caroline Fisher | Arts and Design

Older Canberrans are confident using email, but are falling behind when it comes to video apps like Skype and Zoom, according to new research from the News and Media Research Centre (N&MRC) at the University of Canberra.

Gevork Hartoonian: On Afternoons with Alex Sloan

Gevork Hartoonian | Master of Architecture

Professor Gevork Hartoonoian, Iranian born architect talks to Alex Sloan about his early life in Tehran, his fascination with the relationship of technology with architecture and the joys of teaching.

Post-pandemic cultural shifts: Will Covid kill the bra?

Jordan Williams | Arts & Design

The Briefing Podcast: To find out a bit more about what the pandemic and recession might do to the way we dress, eat, work and play we’ speak to Associate Professor Jordan Williams, who is a cultural critic specialising in creativity and trauma.

The Festival of Creativity

Arts & Design

A program of four short, virtual sessions across four weeks, hosted by a group of creative thinkers who will share different ways you can harness the power of creativity to disrupt the status quo.

Here is the news (good and bad) for local readers

Sora Park & Caroline Fisher | Arts & Design

If you’re looking for evidence that local newspapers play a vital role in regional Australia, you don’t need to look any further than northern New South Wales. Despite the shaky business model, the thirst for local news hasn’t gone away in regional Australia

Greening up the Australian Capital Territory

Barbara Norman | Arts & Design

As part of a global push by planners to act on climate change, leading edge research is currently underway at the University of Canberra in partnership with the ACT government. The research, titled Climate wise outcomes for urban planning in the Australian Capital Territory, is due to be completed by October this year.

Recognition at ACT Young Citizen of the Year Awards for UC students

Beniah Colbourn and Travis Salviejo | Bachelor of Communication & Media/Bachelor of Design

Mr Colbourn is a graphic designer – who is nearing the end of his studies in Communications in Marketing and Visual Communications (Graphic Design) with UC’s Faculty of Art and Design - who often helps up-and-coming musicians by providing free or low-cost artworks and designs to represent their music.“It’s so important for artists to be able to communicate their brand effectively through visuals,” he said.

One of the best design books in the world a UC creation

Professor Livio Bonollo | Bachelor of Design

Designers and design educators worldwide are turning to University of Canberra Emeritus Professor Livio Bonollo’s book Product Design: A course in first principles after it was ranked number 30 in the BookAuthority’s list of the 100 best product design books of all time.

From Canberra to Amsterdam

Tom Vullings | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication)/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

“I soon realised that as much as I liked designing, it was marketing that sparked the most interest. I quickly changed my degree to a double degree to include both graphic design and communications in advertising.”

Iso Topics

Belco Arts | Arts & Design

Iso Topics is an exhibition of works by staff, students and affiliates of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra. This is the 26th year that UC researchers have presented a group exhibition of their creative work.

Visualising a Future Canberra

Erin Hinton | Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture)

Architect and UC Assistant Professor, Erin Hinton, is in a unique position to assess Canberra’s progression from a country city, which just happens to be the Nation’s capital, to a burgeoning metropolis.

Discover your own path

Keisha Preston | Bachelor of Communication and Media

Communication and Media student, Keisha Preston, wasn’t always sure what she wanted to do in her career but after some wise words of advice, she’s now well on her way to making a mark on the industry.

Designing for a Remote World

Stephanie and Jessica | Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture)

Jessica and Stephanie have been kicking goals not only in their academic results, but in their extracurricular activities too. They were recently crowned the winners of the Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA) UpScale challenge for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and New South Wales (NSW), in which their brief was to address working from home challenges for teachers and built environment students.

Lights. Camera, Ashley

Ashley Parker | Bachelor of Arts (Film Production)

One of Canberra’s best female filmmakers doesn’t want that title. She just wants to be Canberra’s best filmmaker.

UC Alumnus Reaching for the Stars

Hew Sandison | Bachelor of Arts (Film Production)

It’s the moment Hew Sandison has been working toward since graduating from UC 2013 with a Bachelor of Media Arts and Production degree.

World-First, International Building Quality Centre (IBQC)

Bronwyn Watson | Bachelor of Building and Construction Management

The International Building Quality Centre (IBQC) is a world-first, independent organisation, established at the University of Canberra, with the aim to restore confidence, and create a better outcome for the community.

Poetry on the Move Festival moves online

Arts & Design

The Poetry on the Move Festival looks slightly different in 2020, with the celebration of poetry to be delivered fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore your curiosity and upskill with UC

Arts & Design

Expand your skill set this winter with one of the Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD) short courses. Uniquely designed for the Canberra community, our range of online courses were created to upgrade your technical design skills, sharpen your creative ideas, or engage with the latest research in media and culture all from the comfort of home.

Animated Performance

Amy Campbell | Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media)

Amy completed her final project ‘Animated Performance’ for her graduating project in 2019. The performance, integrates her love for dance and motion capture. As for choosing Digital Media, Amy says “I have always had a passion for game development and undertaking a Digital Media degree at UC has given me a variety of opportunities to expand my skills.


Anna Tito | Bachelor of Arts (Digital Media)

Hands up if you've downloaded Animal Crossing recently? You're not alone! According to PHD student Anna Tito, "games are having a big swell right now because everyone is at home and available to play. The audience is growing quickly, and developers are recognising that and catering to new audiences."


Ben Ennis-Butler | Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design)

In recent months, many of us have moved online for everything from work, to school, to shopping and ordering dinner. Companies around the world have scrambled to adapt not only their business models, but their digital presences in order to keep up with an increasingly online society.Assistant Professor in Visual Communication at the University of Canberra, Ben Ennis-Butler, is an expert in digital interfaces and says that this period of time could change the way businesses operate forever.


Mitchell Launder | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

For many students, a trip to Kuwait might not be on the top of the bucket list. In fact, Mitchell Launder had never even considered travelling there. That was until last October when the Kuwait Embassy offered University of Canberra students the opportunity of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to the country to meet with government officials and high-level executives.

The Future of Aviation in Australia

Tracy Ireland | Culture & Heritage

UC's Professor Tracy Ireland specialises in cultural heritage, and is currently the Lead Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council funded project Heritage of the Air. Tracy has taken a keen interest in the Virgin Australia collapse and how the outcome of their voluntary administration may correlate with similar past events. UnCover talks with Tracy as she shares her thoughts about Virgin's future by looking at the past...

UC's own nominated for Book of the Year Award

Lisa Fuller | Research

UC Faculty of Arts and Design PhD student Lisa Fuller, has continued to kick goals and achieve her writing dreams. Lisa was recently shortlisted in the older reader’s category of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award for her novel Ghost Bird.

Supermarket shelves stripped bare? History can teach us to ‘make do’ with food

Bethaney Turner | Research

"Right now is the perfect time for us to start experimenting with what we can do in our own homes and neighbourhoods to help secure our food futures."Associate Professor Bethaney Turner considers how global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic can help us change our food habits to be better prepared for the future.

Portfolio Entry: Alternate Entry Options

Faculty of Arts & Design

High school finishers, mature-age students, and current students of CIT and TAFE are among those who will have the opportunity to study at the University of Canberra based on a portfolio application, rather than the traditional ATAR entry requirements.The specialised admission process will be offered to future students applying to study courses within the Faculty of Arts and Design.

Designing for Changing Times

Rob Henry | Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture)

It’s been an eventful first few months of the year in Australia and beyond...changing the way people all over the world live their daily lives.UC Faculty of Arts and Design alumnus and award-winning Canberra architect, Rob Henry, believes these events have the potential to alter our thinking when it comes to design.