About Grant Ellmers
I am a creative practitioner and university academic. I work in the Photography and Visual Communication Design programs in the School of the Arts, English and Media at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
My interests include:
- Design practice
- the creative process
- reflective practice
- knowledge transfer
- design expertise
- Design education (studio and project-based learning)
- and bicycling of any kind
I have published my research both nationally and internationally, primarily focused on the role of reflective practice as a means to learn from the creative experience in ways that can support transfer of knowledge to other creative experiences. Recently I have been linking this research with levels of design expertise.
I am a member of a research team called Sense Spaces at the University of Wollongong that is exploring multi-sensory environments. My primary role is to provide a co-design perspective, design, and employing the principles of the design process and design thinking, support communication amongst a diverse group of researchers.
I completed my PhD in design education in 2014. The thesis is titled Graphic Design Education: Fostering the Conditions for Transfer in a Project-Based and Studio-Based Learning Environment, through a Structured and Critical Approach to Reflective Practice.
I teach Photography, both digital and analogue platforms, and Visual Communication Design. Within these disciplines I also focus on the principles of creative process, the role of reflective thinking to support knowledge transfer, and research methodology for creative practice.