Visual communication design research

World leaders in theoretical and practice-based research that advances the application and impact of visual communication in addressing social, cultural, ecological and technological issues.

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Character, concept and entertainment design

Our research explores the design of imaginary spaces for entertainment and education including worldbuilding, character design development and narrative structure. We also engage in game and play theory as a method of interactive engagement.


Communication design for public good

Our research focuses on the contribution design can make to enhance social, cultural and community well-being through the delivery of communications, services and systems that prioritise the needs of those most affected.


Exhibition design and curation

We have expertise in the curation and communication of narratives and affective experiences that shape a critical awareness of the complex nature of culture and politics. Research outputs are often thematic and can contribute to larger festivals and other multi-venue initiatives. Our researchers are well connected to current exhibition networks nationally and internationally.


Illustration and narrative design

We explore how storytelling can be harnessed to better communicate messages of social and cultural significance. Our research encompasses two-dimensional and three-dimensional narrative-based media for print, interactive, time-based, and spatial environments.


Immersive design

Our goal is to pursue the enhanced communication potential of virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Our researchers are seeking innovative methods for user engagement including: emergent narratives, visualisation, education, and game design.


Interactive design

Our goal is to understand human behaviour as it relates to traditional and digital forms of interactive communication. We explore UI/UX to find the best methods to connect people to other people, access information, and relate us to the digital products that pervade our lives.


Sculpture and installations

In this rich area of research our faculty develop cutting-edge installations of mixed media or three-dimensional works inside and outside the gallery context.


Service design

We endeavour to re-imagine social, civic and business service models to make them more desirable, usable and efficient from a human-centred, ethical communication perspective. Our outputs often seek to effectively communicate systems and policy.



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