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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 and Media 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.

Head of Studio: Dr Niklavs Rubenis

Academic Staff: Sara Lindsay, Murray Antill


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

While the University of Tasmania is no longer taking applications for the previous fine are and design postgraduate offerings, we invite you to explore all postgraduate courses currently available across Art, Music and Theatre or Media.

The School of Creative Arts and Media 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, refer to College of Arts, Law and Education Research Degrees.

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