Kate Richards is the Academic Course Advisor for the Master of Creative Industries at Western Sydney University. The degree has served dozens of young, mid- and later career professionals across the creative industries since 2009 (when it started as the Master of Convergent Media). Candidates have come from advertising, marketing, broadcast, journalism, music, visual arts, architecture, design, professional communications, etc. The degree has a systemic focus on design thinking and creative ideation, UX, appropriate technology and innovative research methods. It fosters professional development by targeting industry orientations to strategic communications, innovation, entrepreneurship and new models and methods for leadership, management and teamwork.
Kate is the leader of Western’s Experiential and Immersive Research Lab, which consults externally and internally on media projects. Kate majored in film for her BA Comms. at UTS, she has an MFA with first class honours in electronic art from UNSW CoFA and is undertaking a PhD in audience affect and experience in new media art installations. Working with media since her late teens – when she co-founded the Sydney Super 8 Festival – Kate has applied her versatile skillset and creativity to most media formats, including interactive multi-channel video and CGI installations, software development, XR, databases, video walls and live interactive performance.
Her solo and collaborative electronic artworks have shown at ACMI, The Performance Space at Carriageworks, Blake Prize Director’s Cut, Australian Centre for Photography, Video Brasil, ISEA Sydney and Helsinki, Experimenta, AGNSW, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melb. and Sydney Opera House amongst others. Kate has devised multimedia for theatre companies Stalker and Urban Theatre Projects and has produced multimedia projects for a variety of architectural and museum clients including Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Justice and Police Museum, The Museum of Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Landini Associates, Otto Cserhalmi Architects