UC – Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Design

Thank you for your interest in this role with the University of Canberra.

An appointment has now been made with the following announcement released by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic.


I am delighted to inform you of the appointment of Professor Julian Knowles as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design.

Julian has had an illustrious academic career and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise as a creative researcher, a keen interest in digital transformation and a love for the arts and music. He joins us from Macquarie University where he has been a key contributor to the research, education, and leadership team in their Faculty of Arts.

His academic career began in 1994 at Western Sydney University where he contributed to the development of a new music degree, and the establishment of a highly successful major in sound technologies and a new cross disciplinary Bachelor of Electronic Arts program, both of which produced many leading Australian practitioners. 

Since then, Julian has held many senior academic leadership positions including Head of the School of Music and Drama at the University of Wollongong, Professor and Portfolio Director of Art and Design, Music, Dance in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, and more recently as Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Arts and Discipline Chair of Media and Communications at Macquarie University.

Julian is a passionate advocate for arts, design and built environment disciplines and the critical role they play in solving complex challenges in society. He believes in the transformational power of higher education and shares UC’s values of placing access, equity, and community at the centre of our teaching and research.

We look forward to welcoming Julian to our UC community.

Professor Michelle Lincoln
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Vice President
University of Canberra

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