Alistair Ward

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Alistair Ward


Teaching areas

  • Design
  • Creative Advertising

Research areas

  • visual immersion for learning
  • new technology for designers


Alistair Ward joined the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law in 2015 as an associate lecturer in Design with the School of Communication and Creative Industries. He is foremost an art director/designer and has been active in the creative world for 30 years. He has lectured and tutored for 14 years, in Graphic Design, E media, Photography and Creative Advertising in all year levels.

Alistair’s experience in the creative industries has led to working internationally in London and the Bahamas, and this has brought an industry perspective to his teaching that is relevant and practical. Working in traditional and new media advertising, as well as product design, has given Alistair a broad skill experience to his teaching.

One of Alistair’s areas of interest is emerging technologies, and the creation of new directions and opportunities for graphics designers. In his career he has witnessed major changes to creative industry and believes that the new designer should be able to adapt and develop new skills to meet these challenges. Alistair is interested in fostering this in research. Collaboration between students, colleagues and industry forms a strong part of Alistair’s philosophy.


  • USC Advance Awards for Learning and Teaching:  Advancing the Blended Learning Environment, 2015, University of the Sunshine Coast (with Dr Lisa Chandler)

Research grants

Project nameInvestigatorsFunding bodyYear(s)Focus
Design Dialogues:  Immersed in Design Continuity and Change Chandler, L. and Ward, A. University of the Sunshine Coast Exploratory Learning and Teaching Grant (A$10,000) 2015–2016 Using immersive technology to enhance student understandings of how the work of contemporary and past artists and designers might inform, influence and encourage innovation and imagination within their own design practice.
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