Creative Technologies Research Lab


The Creative Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at UNSW School of Art & Design researches and teaches emerging media technologies and their application in creative work. Its co-directors are Dr Ollie Bown and Dr Patricia Flanagan. 

The lab’s research areas include: 

  • immersive environments 
  • data visualisation 
  • media architecture and media facades 
  • spatial audio 
  • wearable technology 
  • biofeedback 
  • music and performance technology 
  • the potential for creative agency in machines.


Equipment available at the IML includes: 

  • high end graphics development computer and a selection of Phidget inputs 
  • Eye Tribe Eye Tracker 
  • ZED Stereo Cameras 
  • Epson EB-575We Ultrashort throw Projectors x 2 
  • MUSE Brainwave sensors for neurofeeback interactions x 4 
  • ZOTAC Mini PC’s for mobile and outdoor installations x 4 
  • Genelec 8030  - active speaker system for 5.1 surround sound 
  • RME Fireface and a RME Octamic II - 8 Channel Microphone Preamp  
  • BARE conductive touch boards x 9  
  • collection of Manfrotto clamps and rigging equipment for AV installation. 
Students in Photography class

Courses for students in interactive media

Miracles, at Sound Lab UNSW.

UNSW School of Art & Design has one elective in Interactive Media open to undergraduate students: 

The Interaction Design stream is open to students enrolled in a Master of Design or Fine Arts.

There are two introductory courses:

There are two advanced studios: 

Location & contact

Paddington campus, A block, ground floor.


Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.