This blog contains posts and articles about teaching material, slides, topics and ideas for student projects, project marking and teaching methods. They are mostly related to design subjects and units I am teaching at the  moment, or have taught in the past.

I started teaching Design at uni during my MA at UNIMAS in Sarawak, Malaysia, for software subjects such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. After finishing my MA I started my first full-time position as a lecturer at Swinburne University’s Sarawak campus. Teaching here was a dream come true. Class sizes were small and lecturers had many liberties to adapt units from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, to the local environment. This meant that we could use locally relevant projects and briefs for our students to work on. We also had many opportunities to take students out of the classroom and into the city, surrounding national parks and on other excursions.

Student excursion to the national park

Class excursion to the Matang National Park

Class photo at Swinburne Sarawak

Class photo with artwork

Students presenting their work

Students presenting their work at an event of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)

Students working on an animation  assignment

Animation students working on a stop motion assignment

Graduation at Swinburne Sarawak

Annual graduation ceremony at Swinburne University Sarawak Campus

Here is an overview of units I taught at UNIMAS, at Swinburne in Sarawak and later at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne:

Units taught at Swinburne University of Technology in Sarawak and Melbourne:

Culture & Context:
Introduction to European and Asian art and design history from the Renaissance onwards, and it’s influence on contemporary design

20th Cenutry Design:
History of contemporary design

Design Studies:
Conceptional design theories, different manual and digital methods, introduction to different areas of design and introduction to design software such as the Adobe suite

Design for Multimedia:
Vector illustration and animation for internet, introduction to design elements and principles

2D Animation:
Stop-Motion, claymation, rotoscoping, vektor animation and other animation methods, animation and sound synchronizing

Design Studio:
Ideas generation and visualisation, investigating digital and manual illustration techniques, creative solving of design problems and experimenting with different materials in 2D and 3D

Introduction to typography

Multimedia Project 1:
Multimedia projects for industry clients

Units taught at Monash College:

Photography / Photomedia:
Introduction to DSLR photography

Introduction to Illustration techniques, history and theory

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