Smith, Chrissie

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Visual arts and graphic design
location: Camp Street Campus, N Building, Room N105
Phone: 5327 8475


Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), 2011, University of Ballarat, Australia

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Computer Graphic Design, 1994, Whanganui School of Design, New Zealand


  • Bachelor of Communication Design
  • COMMD1001/1002
  • COMMD2003/2004/2014
  • COMMD3005/3006


an open mind is about maintaining a sense of possibility....'s about knowing something at the end of the day that you did not know at the beginning...

Prior to joining the Arts Academy in 2009 Chrissie had extensive experience in the design industry. Originally from New Zealand she studied at the Whanganui School of Design and moved to Melbourne to take up a position with Myer Grace Bros as senior designer. From there she moved to the central highland region to set up and run her own design/photography studio. Her client list included VIC Health, DHS, Ports of Melbourne, University of Ballarat as well as many smaller local clients. Her current research, the subject of her Masters degree, investigates the experience of design practitioners in collaborative creative processes. Her research focuses more specifically on co-design because of its’ scope as a multi disciplinary collaborative practice and its current application as a tool for innovation and change.

Areas of expertise

  • Branding
  • Typography
  • Digital Art

Research interests

  • Design and social innovation
  • Collaborative practice
  • Design and phenomenology
  • Typography

Major/solo exhibitions

Juried/curated group exhibitions

2009 - 2017 Scope Group Exhibition - Post Office Gallery Ballarat

2013 - Still Life in Action: Digital Photography and Video - Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2011 - Going Forward Slowly: Digital Photography and Video - Ballarat International Foto Biennale


2013 - Picture for Illustration Purposes Only. An Introduction to sustainability and aesthetics: The arts and design for the environment. 2015, BrownWalker Press USA.

2010 - Partnerships with Industry - Published online

Grants and awards

2014 Design Futures - Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, State Government of Victoria

2014 Ballarat Heritage Award, Heritage Innovation for Living Heritage: Trades and Tradition, Chrissie Smith, Lecturer Communication Design, Angela Campbell, Lecturer Performing Arts

Seminar presentations

2014 Project Presentation, Heritage Performance Trail (a cross discipline collaboration) Learning and Teaching Conference, Ballarat

2013 Picture for Illustration Purposes Only - Paper presented at Aesthetics of Sustainability Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth

2010 Partnerships with Industry - Paper presented at ACUADS Conference, Hobart


  • Hepburn Public Art Panel
  • Ballarat International Foto Biennale
  • Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)