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3D Design

Location: Hobart

A rich tradition of furniture making housed within a dynamic art school, uniquely locates the student within a conceptually rigorous contemporary arts field, inspiring students to work at the cutting edge of object-based practice.

Sara Lindsay, Acting Head of Studio (3D Design)

Drawing from its history of excellence in furniture-making, 3D Design at the School of Creative Arts is uniquely placed to capture the resurging interest in artisanal practices observed throughout contemporary society – and especially in Tasmania.

Contributing to the esteemed reputation of Tasmanian furniture design produced here over many years are the exceptional workshop facilities, technical support, and academic leadership – which remain central to the learning experience today.

Extending from this tradition of fine woodwork is an expanding vision for the 3D Design Studio that is future-focused. As a global citizen, you are encouraged to explore synergies between art, design and science; digital fabrication and hand craft; and community engagement, critical thinking and aesthetic enquiry.

Acting Head of Studio: Sara Lindsay

Academic Staff: Sara Lindsay, Murray Antill

Technicians: Dr Phillip Blacklow (Wood workshop), Stuart Houghton (Metal workshop).

If you would like to discuss your own practice or ambitions, contact our 3D Design studio to arrange a one-on-one consultation today.


The 3D Design Studio provides an individual workbench and lockable cabinet for tools for all Undergraduate students. Postgraduate candidates have separate lockable individual studios.

The workstations are used for prototype fabrication and hand-assembly of project work and for group critiques. Separate CAD drafting facilities are provided for design development and documentation in the Time Based Media Studio.

Machining of prototype components is done in the central Wood and Metal Workshops staffed by technicians. There is also a facility for machine-sewing of upholstery work, and a P.G. Centre for Furniture Design machine workshop.

The metal workshop contains MIG welders, TIG welders, plasma cutters, a profile cutting machine using plasma oxyacetylene or router trimmer for plastics, a sheet metal guillotine and more.

The wood workshop provides bandsaws, panel-saws, thicknessers, buzzers, radial arm-saw, drop-saw, drill-press, lathes, and sanders. It also has vacuum presses, a spray-painting booth and a separate sanding room for portable power-tool use.

3D Design Wood Working Studio

Study 3D Design

The units listed below include those offered by the School of Creative Arts available for study in 2018 that contain content related to the studio.

Please refer to course pages to determine which of these units can be included in your course of study, as well as a complete list of studio units, Experience and Engagement (Breadth) units, and elective unit options.

Introductory (Year 1)

Semester 1

Intermediate / Advanced (Year 2 / 3)

Semester 1

Semester 2

= New or updated in 2018

Bachelor Degree with Honours (Four-year bachelor with integrated honours)

The School of Creative Arts welcomes qualified applicants to undertake a research degree with us in any of our areas of research strengths and interests.

Masters by Research
Doctorates (PhD)

To find out about application procedures, entry requirements, and scholarships, please visit the Research Degrees web page.

Banner Art Credit: Murray Antill, Image by Peter Whyte Photography.