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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.

Industry-leading digital building facility opens at UC

Master of Building and Construction Information Management

The University of Canberra has opened a new Digital Building and Built Environment Hub on campus, aimed to improve outcomes and practices in Canberra’s building and construction industry.The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Hub will play a key role in upskilling the construction workforce and contributing to sector growth, while ultimately helping to improve the quality of Canberra’s built environment and reduce the rate of building defects.

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