Graduating from Australia’s first Creative Campus – Swinburne University


On Thursday 28th November, it was an honour to be part of the graduation event (Grad X) for the Design Faculty at Swinburne University.


During this special event, it was publicly announced that Swinburne has become Australia’s first Adobe Creative Campus.  This means that every student and teacher at the university gets access to the Adobe Creative Cloud applications for their personal devices.

Swinburne has joined an exclusive group of over 20 universities and colleges globally who share a commitment to ensuring their students have the digital literacy skills required in today’s digital world.

Click here to see the official press release.


It was a delight to hand out a number of awards to design graduates during various stages and venues at this graduation.


Part of the graduation event also included giving the students an opportunity to to do a drawing competition with the new Adobe Fresco app where the winners could win a $250 gift voucher. Special thank you to Adobe Solution Consultant Brian Chau for help running this competition.


Find out more about the value of the Adobe Creative Campus program via this video case study from the first university to take up this program – The University of Nth Carolina, Chapel Hill.


ITE Adobe Workshops


The NSW Institute of Technology Education (ITE) held it’s annual conference this week and one of the industry workshop options was a day at the Adobe Sydney office on Wednesday 27th November.

This event was run by myself and Adobe Education Leader Jason Carthew (IT Manager, Technology teacher at Korowal School, NSW.


Following a brief welcome and demo of the new Adobe Aero app, the educators were divided into two rotated workshops. Jason’s was focused on Animation with After Effects, Photoshop and Adobe Animate. My workshop was based on video editing with Spark Video, Character Animator, Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro.

Feedback comments from this event included:

  • A highlight was Adobe Spark for its applications for all school subjects
  • Learning about powerful programs that I never knew existed. Exciting stuff!
  • A highlight was sharing ideas that are able to be used immediately in the classroom.
  • Professional, relevant, inspiring.
  • A highlight was animation in Photoshop
  • Excellent presenters, relaxed and experienced.
  • As always enhancing my knowledge working with experts
  • A highlight was extra Photoshop and After effect tools learnt
  • Character Animator wow
  • Learning how to develop my own Character in Character Animator.
  • Being shown advanced features of an adobe programs
  • Getting hands on with new software

The resources for this event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via –

Adobe Day with Davidson High


On Tuesday 26th November, the Year 9 Media class from Davidson High School visited the Adobe Sydney Office for an Adobe Day.


The focus of this day was video literacy. We started by creating video with simple tools like Spark Video, Character Animator and the new augmented reality experience app, Adobe Aero.

Then we moved to the next level with Premiere Rush and Premiere Pro.

One of the usual highlights of an Adobe Day at the Sydney office is a tour of the office to see how a number of the Adobe employees do their work.


Special thank you to Adobe Campus Leader Jessica Peade for organising this event.