David Wills



My teaching career began in 2004 in the Photomedia department at the Australian National University in Canberra. While undertaking my PhD, I was offered an Artist in Residence at the National Art School in Sydney in 2007, where I also taught in the Photography department. In the same year, I took on sessional teaching work at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. I was employed as a lecturer at  the University of Newcastle in 2011 where I worked until I moved to the Netherlands in 2014.

Courses & tasks

Analogue photography

Introduce students to the potential of analogue photography: camera skills, black and white film processing, selecting and editing, printing using standard and specialist fibre-base papers, and colour print production.

Conceptual thinking

Devise and develop courses reflecting current trends, themes and issues surrounding contemporary photography practice grounded in art theory.

Experimental processes

Demonstrate experimental processes such as cyanotypes, cross-processing, van Dykes, and pinhole photography.

Digital competencies

Develop skills including camera usage, colour  management, file processing and digital printing. Portfolio production and website creation.

Studio skills

Introduce students to studio photography covering lighting, advanced camera skills and project development.


Mentor undergraduate students through regular one-to-one contact. Supervise honours, masters and PhD students.


Creative Clusters, Teaching and Learning, Photomedia Program Rewrite, and Bachelor of Fine Arts Undergraduate Program Redevelopment committees at the University of Newcastle. Bachelor of Visual Arts Redevelopment and Core Computing Skills, at the Australian National University.

Day-to-day administration including course development and assessments was part of my role along with coordinating and participating in student field trips, excursions, artist talks, camps and exhibition visits.

Wearables as Media was a collaborative project with Hong Kong Baptist University. Together we conducted workshops, developed a course to produce new work, staged exhibitions in Newcastle and Hong Kong, and produced a catalogue. Image: Deborah Hally.

As a way to bring together the photomedia cohort, I initiated Click-culture. My aim was to inspire students and showcase their work. Short posts about photographers and their work related directly to current projects undertaken within the department. Students responded favourably to Click-culture and made it a success as both a teaching tool, and as a way to keep up-to-date with what other students in other photomedia courses were doing. Image: Work in progress images by various students.