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Dr. Ashley Holmes

BFA, PhD Visual Arts (Major Studio Project) UniSA
Senior Lecturer Digital Media
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE), Creative Arts Research Training Academy (CARTA)
(07) 4940 7592
(61) 409 893 296 Mobile Phone
Mackay Ooralea
Blg 22 - G:06
About Me

Hello. Welcome to my staff profile.
I enjoy teaching higher education and engage with undergraduate students at each level across a variety of disciplines applied in digital media.
At level one I lead the foundational drawing and illustration unit, Illustration & Visualisation.
At level two I lead a unit called Digital Communication Management, which provides a very useful introduction to working with the internet and social media.
At level three I coordinate the award-winning capstone work experience units, Collaborative Digital Media Project Part A and Part B. Over two terms student teams work pro-bono producing all sorts of challenging digital media projects mostly for not-for-profit organisations. This coordination also involves soliciting the project challenges to be undertaken each year.

I also have a record of successful research higher degree supervision spanning 15 years including an award-winning candidature.


Dr Ashley Holmes has award-winning teaching skills. He has management and administrative experience in a regional university context. This follows a successful twenty five-year business career as a creative industry producer and company director. He is an awarded designer, widely-published photographer and more recently he has gained international recognition as a new media digital artist. Ashley has established an innovative research and publication profile. He teaches into the Bachelor of Digital Media at CQUniversity Ooralea campus.

Universities Studied At

University of South Australia

Universities Worked At

University of South Australia
Central Queensland University


  • Recipient: 2020 Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
    For applying changemaking principles that enhance student employability through providing socially innovative opportunities for undergraduates to learn project collaboration while solving community digital communication challenges.
  • Recipient: 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching (Tier 2)
  • Co-recipient: 2018 Opal Award for Engaged Education and Training
  • Co-recipient: 2004 Vice Chancellor's award for Quality Teaching
  • Co-recipient: 2004 Dean's Award for Quality Teaching

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Coordinator: Creative and Performing Arts / Mackay Campus 2012 - 2013
Head of Program: Bachelor of Multimedia Studies Dec 2008 - March 2012
Academic representative, Faculty Arts, Business, Informatics and Education, Academic Board of CQUniversity Australia, 2011 - 2012
Campus Academic Manager Mackay, Faculty Arts, Business, Informatics and Education (acting) Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Sub Dean, Mackay Campus, Faculty of Informatics & Communication, 2003 - 2006
Deputy Head of School, Contemporary Communication, 2002 - 2006
Member CQU Academic Board, Regional Academic Representative (elected position), 2004 - 2005

Professional Memberships

National Association for the Visual Arts 


Transformations Journal editorial board member

Consultancy Work

Mackay Base Hospital Redevelopment: Public art design consultancy curated by Brecknock Consulting 2010 - 2011.

Researchers in Business (Enterprise Connect) scheme: Underground mining hazard management system user interface design, 2011.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3904 Specialist Studies in Education
  • 3606 Visual arts
  • 3303 Design
  • 3605 Screen and digital media
  • 4608 Human-centred computing

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
The creation of an Australian piano method for beginners aged 12-17: original compositions and exercises that facilitate constructivism
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Arts Teacher(s) as Cultural Animator(s): An A/R/Tographic Inquiry into the Potential Role of Schools as Contributors to Creative, Innovative Regions
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Fast Food, Fast Image - The implications for visual literacy of the ubiquity, speed of preparation and consumption of the image in the internet age through the eyes of graphic design students.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Professional Studies
Tracking meaningful digital game-based learning experiences: planning a proof-of-concept for improved instructional design
Principal Supervisor
Master of Arts
Photovoice and Down Syndrome: Co-design research incorporating lens-based media to explore the narratives of those living with Down Syndrome.
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Exploring place: the role of a lived experience in Papua New Guinea as an influence on creative identity, with reference to my practice as a visual artist, and the narrative-based work of artist Mathias Kauage
Associate Supervisor
Complete Supervision
Master of Arts
The international working travel experiences of Australian DIY musicians. 
Principal Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Episteme, Techne & Poiesis: Visualisations of Extinction and Evolution in Queensland Flora.
Principal Supervisor
Master of Arts
The Development of an Innovative Glazing Technique for the Raku Kiln 
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Professional Studies
A proposal to manage social mediated YouTube risks to the reputation of the Queensland Police Service
Principal Supervisor
Master of Arts
"Smart "Mark" A Study into the Internet Wrestling Community's Impact on the World of Pro Wrestling.
Associate Supervisor
Master of Communication
"The use of interactivity and social media in musician and band websites: a longitudinal study of the use of the Internet by talent originating from Queensland".
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Media distribution, audience interaction and technology change. How will this affect the Australian broadcast television networks?
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy

Philosophy And Religious Studies

History and Philosophy of Specific Fields - History and Philosophy of Specific Fields not elsewhere classified

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Art Theory and Criticism - Visual Cultures

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Film, Television and Digital Media - Electronic Media Art

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Visual Arts and Crafts - Lens-based Practice

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