Teaching

Academy of Design, Colombo
January 2014 – May 2016

Academy of Design Colombo (AOD) is a partner institution of Northumbria University UK that delivers a franchised three-year BA design programme in Sri Lanka.

As Assistant Head of Programme for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course I was a full time lecturer and worked closely with the management and Programme Head to plan and teach the course. All taught courses at AOD while in accordance to Northumbria University module guidelines are adapted to suit a South Asian context both in order to engage with the diverse experiences of the student body and the regional requirements of Industry. All project briefs are written in line with UK Higher Education Quality Guidelines each semester and approved by academic faculty at Northumbria University.

Article Link - Reflections on engaging with the HEA from a TNE perspective
- November 2016

 Wall citique. Intermediate Graphic Design: Publication Design, 2014. 

Wall citique. Intermediate Graphic Design: Publication Design, 2014. 

YEAR 3
Collaboration & Professional Associations 01
LEAD TUTOR
Aim: to stimulate in the student an innovative response to a brief selected from a wide range of options, which set out to provide creative solutions to many of the design challenges in contemporary life and develop students’ understanding of design in a socially and environmentally responsible context.

Personal Project & Final Project
ASSISTANT TUTOR
Aim: these modules allow students to formulate and develop their own personal response to projects of their own devising. The resulting outcome should reflect a deep personal interest in an area or topic, underpinned by an advanced knowledge and understanding of the discipline of graphic design and or image making, and should communicate compellingly to the chosen audience. 

 Skype show and tell session with third year students at Northumbria University, Newcastle. 2016.

Skype show and tell session with third year students at Northumbria University, Newcastle. 2016.


YEAR 2
Intermediate Graphic Design & Illustration 01
LEAD TUTOR
Aim: the module offers a range of practical projects for informed selection by students at the early stage of their personal and professional development. The selection aims to facilitate their direction towards a general, broad based programme, or a greater degree of specialism in the field of graphic design.

Intermediate Graphic Design: Publication Design
LEAD TUTOR
Aim: to develop and strengthen the students’ sensitivity to typography, layout and composition; skills that are applicable in every genre of the subject.

Graphic Communication in International and Social Contexts
ASSISTANT TUTOR
Aim: to provide students with the opportunity to understand the role of design and the designer in a wider cultural, political or social context. 

 Customers of organics brand Saaraketha give feedback on student packaging concepts for a line of organic snacks and smoothies at a fair trade market in Colombo. 2014.

Customers of organics brand Saaraketha give feedback on student packaging concepts for a line of organic snacks and smoothies at a fair trade market in Colombo. 2014.


YEAR 1
Introduction to Graphic Design
LEAD TUTOR
Aim: to expand the students’ awareness of the scope of contemporary Graphic Design and build on basic principles and practices which underpin the role and practice of the designer and introduce the notion of Graphic Design as a conceptual, intellectual and problem solving discipline. 

Production Processes for Graphic Design
LEAD TUTOR
Aim: for students to gain an understanding of the application of screen print techniques as a production method for visual communication design and establish good print workshop practice.

Pitch Project
LEAD TUTOR
Aim: to expand and synthesise typographic, photographic and image-making elements together in a design project. Students must visually demonstrate intellectual engagement and development towards a final project.

History and Influences of Graphic Design
ASSISTANT TUTOR
This module aims to introduce students to the history of graphic design and its influences in the wider culture developing visual and critical skills. Students explore how the work of the graphic designer is shaped by technologies of production and the cultural contexts within which graphic communication is created and consumed.

 Wall critique, exploring multilingual typography. Introduction to Graphic Design, 2016.

Wall critique, exploring multilingual typography. Introduction to Graphic Design, 2016.

STUDENT PROJECTS

Collaboration & Professional Associations 01

Intermediate Graphic Design & Illustration 01

Intermediate Graphic Design: Publication Design

Graphic Communication in International and Social Contexts


Introduction to Graphic Design Three

Pitch Project

Production Processes for Graphic Design

Sustainable Design Practices


Sustainable Design Practices
LEAD TUTOR
As a school, AOD envisions the future of Sri Lankan design as one that involves innovation along with sustainable development of its indigenous craft industries. The Sustainable Design Practices module is held after the completion of Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Graphic Design program over a course of 8 weeks. I structured the course to facilitate direct interaction with local artisans from across the island to allow students to reflect on their rich craft and cultural heritage. These insights were later communicated in innovative formats such as product packaging, game design concepts, and exhibition design to name a few. 

 Field trip to a palmyrah weaving center in Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. 2014.

Field trip to a palmyrah weaving center in Jaffna, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. 2014.


Workshops

 Planting An Edible Garden. Interactive workshop at Galleryske, Bangalore. 2012. 

Planting An Edible Garden. Interactive workshop at Galleryske, Bangalore. 2012. 

Creativity & Play

Pink Lemonade, Bangalore India. November 2016. 
Interactive workshop exploring playfulness as an intrinsic part of the design process with particular focus on ideation. 


Information Design

MDes Strategic Design & Brand Leadership. September 2016.
Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology
Introducing students to the notion of design as a conceptual, intellectual and problem solving discipline using the medium of infographics. At the end of the workshop, students demonstrated the ability to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in order to present original insights to a select target audience.


Planting An Edible Garden

February  2011 – July 2012
An interactive workshop designed and facilitated as an offshoot of my undergraduate thesis project introducing food sustainability to urban children in venues across Bangalore, India.