About Us

Our Faculty

The faculty at the Academy of Design includes respected and reputable professional advertising creatives and copywriters, fashion designers, graphic designers, photographers, filmmakers, multimedia designers and visual artists who are also committed and highly successful educators. Many also teach in universities and several have international teaching experience.

Visiting artists and designers supplement the teaching programs as guest lecturers. Their professional skills and experience are important factors in the high quality of work being produced by students at the Academy of Design.

Program Coordinators 

Donna O'Neill

Communication Design

Samita Bhattacharjee

Fashion & Costume Design

Andrew McKenzie

Filmmaking & Photography

Neil Chenery

Graphic & Digital Design

Mireille Oberholster

Interior Design

Michelle Mantsio

Visual Arts

Other Study Coordinators:

  • Contextual Studies: Dr Julian Warren
  • Contextual Studies: Dr David Prescott-Steed
  • Professional Studies Coordinator: Carlo Pagoda
  • Core Studies Coordinator: Maxwell Amner 


  • Michelle Soldatos
  • Dr Barry Spencer
  • Esra Gokcen Boduroglu
  • Michael Peck
  • Tim Boots
  • Julie Wajs
  • Brigit Heller
  • Magda Czapiewska
  • Adryan Scicluna