Torrens University Australia aims to be recognised globally at the forefront of innovative research in theory and practice in design, media and technology. We believe that collaborative research and scholarship are critical to the success of advanced teaching and learning, industry innovation, and community engagement.
About the faculty
The Design and Creative Technology faculty leads with care, respect, and purpose resulting in high-quality creative research that makes a positive impact on industries and society. The Design and Creative Technology faculty represents a broad spectrum of design and media disciplines ranging from interior design, communication design, film, games and animation, as well as disciplines in software engineering, cybersecurity and information technology.
Executive Dean, Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Professor Thompson-Whiteside has over 20 years of experience in leading design schools and faculties at universities across Europe, Asia and Australia. Originally trained as an Industrial Designer before moving into Design Management and Strategy, his PhD from the University of Melbourne and his research interests combine in higher education policy, design strategy and design education.
Contact Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside for project partnerships or to learn more about our design and creative technology research.
Research that brings together disciplines of design, creative media and information technology generate exciting opportunities and outcomes that impact the world around us. Human-centric solutions to increasingly pervasive technology like artificial intelligence, sensors and the Internet of Things are critically important and a key focus for our research active staff
Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Executive Dean,Design and Creative Technology
Explore our areas of research
The faculty undertakes a range of traditional and non-traditional research in a range of areas intersecting with the University's Research Centres and inter-disciplinary themes. Our research broadly follows four key themes:
Creative Practice and Industry 4.0
Investigating how new technologies are impacting creative practice and the changing nature of our profession.
Creative Practice and Indigenous Culture
Investigating unique histories and perspectives of indigenous culture and how they influence design and creative practice.
Design-based Research and Technology for health and well-being
Investigating how design-based research and creative technology can directly impact health and wellbeing through the design of physical environments, digital services and information systems, workwear, product design, service design and information communication technologies using technologies like artificial intelligence.
Design and Creative Technology for sustainability
Investigating the role of design, creative practice and technology to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.