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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.

Emerging Contemporaries 2020 – Craft ACT

Arts & Design | Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Congratulations to our Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) graduates Katie McAuliffe, George Shvili and Oliver Chiswell! These three talented students were awarded the Craft ACT Emerging Contemporaries award and are now showcasing their “Foldable Furniture” projects at the Craft ACT National Award Exhibition for early-career artists!

UnCover Podcast: In Conversation with Charles Landry

Charles Landry | Arts & Design

Join the University of Canberra’s Associate Dean of Architecture, Erin Hinton, and Associate Professor in Architecture Max Maxwell, as they discuss all things ambition and the concept of the ‘Creative City’ with international urban-change leader Charles Landry.

Facebook data now accessible to UC researchers

Sora Park | Research

Researchers from the UC Faculty of Arts and Design News and Research Media Centre have been announced as the only Australian recipients of a $75,000 AUD grant that will allow them to access raw data from Facebook for analysis.

Arts & Design Cultural Pass

Elly Mackay | Arts & Design

Students beginning their studies in the Faculty of Arts and Design in 2020 will have the opportunity to visit and learn from some of Canberra’s best museums and galleries.

UnCover Podcast: Garth Nix and Felicity Packard in Conversation

Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

UC Alumni; New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix and one of Australia's most influential screenwriters Felicity Packard sit down and chat about growing up in Canberra, their time at UC, and what's in store for the future.

Building a Brighter Future

Rund Alnasser | Bachelor of Building and Construction Management

Rund Alnasser was just 15 when she moved from Amman, Jordan. Rund’s positive attitude and determination led to early entry into a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture course at UC. Here she explains her change to the Bachelor of Building and Construction Management after traveling to the Indo-Pacific with NCP.

InstaPanic at the NGA

Jason Bainbridge | Arts & Design

Rampaging teenagers and Faculty staff take over the NGA in a blatant display of creativity and fun!

UC Marcomm Awards give students a taste of the real thing

Newsroom | Communication & Media

Final year Communication and Media students at UC were put to the ultimate test as they presented their pitches to clients at the Marketing Communication Awards (Marcomm Awards).

Listening to First Nations Voices – Podcast 4

Music: Sparks by Chael | Communication & Media

The Listening to First Nations Podcast was created by non-Indigenous University of Canberra students. The podcast was created in the hopes of raising recognition of Aboriginal heritage and traditions and how they enhance Australian Society.

Graduate Exhibition Gallery

Laura Fenton | Photo

The Faculty of Arts and Design Student Graduate Exhibition, the University of Canberra's annual creative event is now ONLINE!

Heritage of the Air

Tracy Ireland | Research

Heritage of the Air is an ARC Linkage project that investigates how aviation has transformed Australian society over the last 100 years.


The Faculty of Arts and Design’s WORKSHOP7 has been open for just over a year now. The workshop contains a wide range of technology for FAD students to use. From cutting edge machinery to traditional tools, WORKSHOP7 aims to give students the experience they’ll need for their future professions.

Journey’s through Mexico City

Tye Dunn | Bachelor of Arts (Film production)

Bachelor of Arts (Film Production) student Tye Dunn travelled to Mexico City while on a UC semester exchange, it was here that he was confronted with the reality of that place compared to his prior expectations.

Graduate Exhibition ‘FadX 2019’

As 2019 draws to a close the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design will be conducting an exhibition to showcase the work of graduating students, this year called FADX.

Breaking Silence, Media and the Child abuse Royal Commission

Kerry McCallum | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism)

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse went from 2013 to 2017. The News and Media Research Centre’s Breaking silences project aims to analyse the role that media, journalism and social media activism played in the Commission

Reporting from Hong Kong

Alkira Reinfrank | Communications and Media (Journalism)

Alkira Reinfrank had no idea just where her double degree of Bachelor of Arts (Film Production/Global Studies) would lead her. Now she’s a journalist working in Hong Kong creating content for the South China Morning Post, and feeding stories back to Australian news outlets such as the Project.

Dynamite, Small Packages & a PHD study of Significance

Shara Ranasinghe | Research

Studying at a university is not an easy task. Especially for those studying for their PhD. Shara Ranasinghe, who also works for the Faculty, has chosen to do so. Her PhD thesis explores the language used when talking about cancer. A topic Shara has some experience as a former cancer patient herself.

‘Generation Next’: Dance Fest 2019

Emma Thompson | Bachelor of Communications in Media (Journalism)

2019 marks the 35th anniversary of AusDance ACT’s youth dance festival, or DanceFest. Bachelor of Communication & Media (Journalism) student Emma Thompson interviewed one such performer about the event and the efforts that go into performing it.

Poetry on the Move

Shane Strange | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

The University of Canberra’s International Poetry Studies Institute 'Poetry on the Move' festival raises awareness of this ancient, diverse, far-reaching and culturally important art form among both the local and international community.

Influencing Film, Art & Media

Sue Maslin | Bachelor of Arts (Film Production)

University of Canberra alumni Sue Maslin is the producer of a number of documentaries and movies, including the acclaimed 2015 film The Dressmaker. Recently she has received the UC’s 2019 Alumni Excellence award for the Faculty of Arts and Design.

Congratulations to our Masters of Dark Crafts

Max Maxwell | Architecture and Design

A team of UC Design and Built Environment students and staff kicked off the Design Canberra festival by designing and constructing a temporary pavilion in Civic square.

Inspired by Singapore, Design for Healthy Aging 2019

Anthony Bowler & Anthony Campbel | Bachelor of Arts (Film Production) & Bachelor of Media Arts & Production

University of Canberra students traveled to Singapore to take part in a tour in order to brainstorm ideas that address the growing worldwide problem of an aging population. The students from UC toured key cultural sites, companies, hospitals and communities across the city.


UC's Own Nominated for Book of the Year Award

Lisa Fuller | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

Since UnCover last spoke to author and University of Canberra PhD student Lisa Fuller, she has continued to kick goals and achieve her writing dreams. More recently, Lisa was 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.

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