Griffith University

Rae Cooper has assisted in the development of new undergraduate courses for the Queensland College of Art since 2012. The foundation of her teaching practice is the joining of 'real world' industry skills, design thinking and critical analysis. Her theoretical and practical framework is based on over 10 years of experience as a commercial graphic designer and formal teaching qualifications.

Flipped Learning and Teaching practice support her students to not only learn current software, but to learn how to learn software, in preparation for life beyond university in a perpetually evolving technological environment. Visual communication is a powerful force to drive new ideas, and obtaining access to the tools that 'make media' is an integral part of a perpetually changing world. It has the power to influence society (think: body image, sexualised imagery, consumerism) and environment (think: greenwashing, property development, transport industries) and culture (think: political campaigns, volunteerism, social media).

Making Visual Media

Currently a core course within the Bachelor of Design, the Bachelor of Creative & Interactive Media and an elective for the Bachelor of Engineering, Making Visual Media focuses on foundation visual communication skills. 

Retention & Student Experience

In addition to teaching, her position as First Year Coordinator for the Design and Digital Media program at Griffith University allows Rae to work across courses with both students and staff. Leading the orientation program for new students allows Rae to develop understanding of the complexities of university student life and scaffold strategies to increase the retention and satisfaction of students (including mature age students returning to study, students with individual needs, students who are the first in their family to attend university and international students).

Work & Study

Employers, students and industry leaders all appreciate the value of real world learning and work place emersion. Common sense, time management and a positive attitude go hand in hand with technical ability and creative talent.  Rae's students have secured work placement opportunities with the following industry partners:

Teaching Philosophy

“Empowerment comes from knowing that success is available with energy and practice. Importantly, the term ‘success’ is relational ‐ everyone has the freedom to reach his or her individual goals and aspirations. ”

It is a challenging time for the rapidly evolving technological landscape, creating obstacles for today’s design educators and acknowledging this is central to my practice.  The technology we teach to first year students is often outdated or redundant by the time they graduate. I adapt to the future landscape and design curriculum with these challenges in mind; utilising flipped learning and self directed development strategies. 

My students are empowered with the understanding of design as a catalyst for positive change. The way we communicate with each other, utilise our finite resources, adapt to changing climate (both physical and psychological) all relate to our understanding and practice of design. Design is much more than aesthetics, production for profit and branding. 

While embracing online and remote learning, I welcome face to face communication and my door is always (often) open. I have genuine interest in the success of my students and a drive to contribute to future generations of design leaders.