University of New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
+61 2 93851000

UNSW Art & Design leads Australia with a focus on media innovation and emerging technologies.

Our approach is interdisciplinary, advancing tradition and challenging existing thinking. At UNSW Art & Design we foreground experimentation and exploration, fostering collaboration across science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences.

Our faculty is composed of renowned practitioners, researchers and thinkers spanning contemporary visual arts, creativity and culture, design and innovation. Our intensive and rigorous art, design and media programs are studio-practice based and industry-engaged.

We inspire future leaders by equipping our students with the skills and capacity for creative thinking so they can make their critical mark on the world.

Our teaching utilises the latest methods, underpinned by leading-edge technology and an innovative learning environment to inspire a new generation of creative thinkers.

UNSW Art & Design is an internationally recognised centre for arts-led transdisciplinary research in science and technology. Our strengths span Art Theory and Criticism; Film, Television and Digital Media; Visual Arts and Crafts.

We have initiated pioneering research programs in immersive interactive environments, visualisation, robotics, art and politics, Indigenous knowledge and global issues, all housed within our National Institute for Experimental Arts.

Our faculty and students are drawn from more than 50 countries globally and together we are Australia’s largest community of art and design practitioners, researchers, educators and students.

We are a faculty of UNSW, a leading Australian Group of Eight research-intensive university and member of Universitas 21, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and the prestigious Global Alliance of Technological Universities consortiums.

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Ollie Bown

Ollie Bown is a researcher and creator working in multiplicitous media, computational creativity and digital music, and above all a creative coding enthusiast. He comes from a highly diverse academic background touching on social anthropology, evolutionary and adaptive systems, music technology and interaction design. He has also been a practicing electronic musician and digital artist for over 15 years. He is interested in how artists, designers and musicians can use new computing technologies to produce novel and complex creative works, particularly through generative and computationally creative systems, and also in the context of ubiquitous computing. Following a bachelors in mathematics and social anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a masters in evolutionary and adaptive systems at the University of Sussex, he undertook a PhD looking at simulation models of the evolution of human musical behaviour at the Intelligent Sound and Music Systems group, Goldsmiths College, London. In 2008 he moved to Australia, working first at the Centre for Electronic Media Art in Melbourne, then at Sydney University’s Design Lab, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship. He is now senior lecturer at UNSW’s Faculty of Art & Design. He makes music in the groups Icarus and Tangents, and is a member of the media arts collective Squidsoup. He has worked with artists such as Aphex Twin and Four Tet.

Sam Ferguson

Sam Ferguson is a musician, researcher and developer who is based in the Creativity and Cognition Studios research laboratory at the University of Technology Sydney. He is focused on developing new methods for understanding and experiencing music and audio. He obtained a B.Mus from the University of Sydney, followed by a Masters of Design Science and finally a Ph.D from the same institution. His Ph.D was heavily interdisciplinary, combining data representation, acoustic and psycho-acoustical modelling, statistics and music. He has published research on interactive audio, acoustics, data representation and sonification, music, and human-computer interaction. His teaching in interactive media, IT and audio subjects has been recognized with university teaching awards and grants.