2012 Conference

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Central Institute of Technology, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University
3 – 5 October 2012

ISBN: 978-0-9758360-8-8

It is with great pleasure that we present the collected papers of the 2012 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools conference. The 2012 conference was jointly hosted by Central Institute of Technology, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

The title of the 2012 conference was ‘Region and Isolation’, suggesting a theme that we feel is particularly pertinent to current trends in art and design education. For some, the Twenty-first century is proving to be an era of unprecedented freedom; travel and migration have never been easier. The tribulations of geographic distance are, to a great extent, a thing of the past; increasingly sophisticated technologies enable us to stay in touch, even when far from home. And yet, for many others, remoteness and isolation remain a daily reality. The vexed issue of Globalisation presents both challenges and opportunities for art and design educators. While isolation, geographic or otherwise, may often be seen as detrimental to art education and culture, it is important to recognise the possibilities inherent in regionalism: seclusion has the capability of fostering unique and vital cultural identities. Conversely, it is the job of art and design education to ensure that creative cultures are identified, maintained and encouraged in the face of Diaspora and migration. Whether located within a borderless, globally integrated community or operating out of a more remote region, educators must identify strategies for turning their situation into a virtue.

Many of this year’s papers examine the ways in which tertiary art and design schools are changing or need to change in order to deal with the global realities of the Twenty-first century. Over the course of our three-day program we were also delighted to feature papers that considered educational strategies and techniques in a broader context, as well as presenting a wide range of research reflecting the diverse interests and practices of our sector.

Clive Barstow, Edith Cowan University

Digby de Bruin, Central Institute of Technology

Julian Goddard, Curtin University

ACUADS offers participation to the wider art and design sector by co-ordinating a theme-based annual conference (with rotating locations throughout Australia) as part of its professional development responsibility.

Refereed Papers

The refereeing process complied with accepted guidelines. Referees were chosen from the academic community and were independent experts in their chosen field. Each full and completed paper was submitted for refereeing as a ‘blind’ (unidentifiable) copy to two referees. Written comments were received from each referee for each paper. Papers requiring revision were returned to authors for the required changes. At no time were referees informed of the identities of the authors whose papers they were assessing, nor were authors informed of the referees’ identities. The Keynote papers were not subject to this process. The conference papers have been edited for consistency in presentation, and an effort has been made to ensure that all papers are free from errors.

April 11, 2013


Dr. Lyndall Adams: Traces of Departure and Arrival
Dr. Darryn Ansted: On using the PhD in Visual Arts to Bridge Aesthetic Paradigms. A Case Study: From Mongolian Socialist Realism to Contemporary Art
Mr. David Attwood - Post Graduate: Urban intervention within Non-Objective Art Practice
Dr. Elivio Bonollo & Dr. Carlos Montana Hoyos: Design Process, Design Research and Research Design in the Context Of Postgraduate Art & Design Education
Professor Craig Bremner: Design School: Reproductions of the Future
Ms. Angela Clarke and Ms. Fleur Summers: The Space Of Memory: Promoting Transformative Learning In Undergraduate Art Education
Dr. Christopher Crouch: Using Social Research Methodology In Design Research
Ms. Sarah Edwards - Post Graduate: Thirteen Ways to Look at a Hummingbird: The Natural History Museum as a Contemporary Art Medium
Ms. Donna Franklin - Post Graduate: Creatures of the Future Garden: Next Generation Education for a Biotech World.
Associate Professor Nancy de Freitas: In the fray, In process, Interconnected, In the future
Dr. Hanadi Haddad & Dr. Stuart Medley: The HD Magazine: Graphists and Wordsmiths
Mr. Paul Haimes, Dr. Jo Jung & Dr. Stuart Medley: Bridging the Gap: Scenario-Based Design as a Solution for Delayed Access To Users
Ms. Stephanie Hampson: The Power of Effective Design Teachers in Imparting Effective Design Education
Ms. Fiona Harman - Post Graduate: The Reflective Journal: Re-Thinking the Approach to Painting Through Reflection
Ms. Amy Jackett - Post Graduate: Individualising Indigenous History: Julie Dowling’s Imagined Portraits
Dr. Sarah Jameson: ‘Home’ is Where the Heart is
Dr. Mary Knights: Art School Galleries: Relevance in the 21st Century?
Dr. Christopher Kueh: Design Thinking Practice and Research: Building Research Culture in Undergraduate Studies
Ms. Fiona Lee and Dr. Maria Kunda: Carpe diem: but can we hold on…
Ms. Fiona Lee: Conflict and Consensus: Art Dialogues in Rogue Academies
Ms. Melanie McKee - Post Graduate: Stitching in Place: Migration, Memory and Habitual Practices
Dr. Mark McMahon: Teaching Creativity: Developing Creativity as a Core Metacogntitive Skill for Undergraduate Students
Dr. Mark McMahon, Dr. Hanadi Haddad & Dr. Stuart Medley: The Making of SCA Face: building a school of art and design identity within a university
Ms. Ros Meeker – Post Graduate: Picturing Familiar Ground
Dr. Stuart Medley: Designing with Images: using a realism continuum to choose pictures for communication tasks
Mr. Alun Price: The Dangers in Design Thinking
Ms. Amanda Rainey & Dr. Stuart Medley: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Votes: Graphicacy Skills for Political Debate
Ms. Pamela Salen - Post Graduate: The Autobiographical Photogram
Dr. Lisa Scharoun & Mr. Stephen O’Connor: Generating Design with Value: Educating the Designer of the 21st Century
Ms. Kylie Stevenson & Ms. Sue Girak - Post Graduate: Creative River Journeys: Using Reflective Practice Within A Practice-Led Research Context
Ms. Michelle Tan - Post Graduate: Shifting Sense: The past as our future
Mr. Stephen Jia Wang, with Mr. Toshiro Tamada, Mr. Arthur De Bono, Mr. Zhen Sheng Liu & Mr. Shi Zhong Wu: Embracing Tangible Interaction Design: The New Trend of Industrial Design Education in Japan
Mr. Lance Ward - Post Graduate: Photographing the Urban Everyday: An Aesthetic Re-Engagement with Perth
Professor Jen Webb, Professor Donna Lee Brien, Dr. Sandra Burr: Research Training in the Creative Disciplines: The ‘Double Doctorate’, the ‘Clayton’s PhD’, or ‘a New Kind of Practice’?
Dr. Ashley Whamond: Light Reading: Theoretical Perspectives on Photography as Research
Ms. Andrea Wood - Post Graduate: ‘Wonderfully ordinary’ Words from a Romantic Archive of Elizabeth Jolley’s Writing for Students: Creative Process as a Garland of Fragments
Associate Professor Margaret Woodward, Professor Craig Bremner & Professor Anthony Cahalan: Defining the geography of creativity in a regional Australian university
Dr. Pamela Zeplin: Whither South? Reflections on the South Project, 2004-2009
Dr. Pamela Zeplin: Whither South? Reflections on the South Project, 2004-2009