Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Padraig McNamara

 Padraig McNamara

Profile

Padraig McNamara has been a lecturer in graphic design for over two decades, with a previous ten years experience in the graphic design industry, covering corporate identity, publishing, exhibitions, public relations and education. He has a MA (VPA) in interactive poetry and is a doctorate of Communication candidate looking into the online design teacher.

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Teaching

Padraig lectures in the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (within the discipline of Graphic Design). He teaches face-to-face but has been instrumental in developing the online degree in graphic design where he does most of his teaching. The online degree caters for a cohort of often-older students who use the course in conjunction with working in and around the industry making the learning similar to an apprenticeship where work and education run parallel. The face-to-face classes are energetic and very tangible making the two deliveries very different but both appealing, as graphic design is the best game in town. It is wonderful that such a hobby can be a career.

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Research

Padraig has a MA (VPA) in interactive poetry and is a doctorate of Communication candidate looking into the online design teacher. He has explored the rise an opportunities of MOOCs, the online experience and changes in delivery of design course and the idea of retraining as an online degree.

Recent publications

McNamara, Patrick. (2015). The influence of MOOCs to enhance graphic design education. Art Design & Communication in Higher Education,
14
(1). doi: 10.1386/adch.14.1.57_1

McNamara, Patrick, & Paulovich, Belinda. (2016). Evaluating the online studio as a retraining ground for mature-age graphic design students. Paper presented at the ACUADS Annual Conference, QUT Creative Industries Faculty, Brisbane.

McNamara, Patrick. (2012). What can you say about teaching design when learning design is now so easy? Paper presented at the ACUADS
2013: Locations Of Practice, Sites For Creativity: From The Studio To The Cloud University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, National Art

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