Steve Rood

Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Master of Art and Design

The innovative and collaborative environment is why Steve Rood decided to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in creative technologies.

“Creative technologies balances a number of differing approaches and unifies them in a unique way. The combination of people from various disciplines – from art and design to engineering and computing – creates an open and investigative atmosphere.

“The positive and forward-thinking approach attracted my interest. I appreciated that exploration and creativity are actively encouraged, as well as academic rigour,” says Steve who is an established artist specialising in photography and interactive design.

Immersed in the creative world
Winner of the 2013 Fulbright Wallace Arts Trust Award, Steve has spent more than 20 years in the creative industries. As part of his Fulbright Scholarship he completed an artist residency at the Headlands Centre of the Arts in San Francisco, and was then invited to be artist in residence at Stanford University’s Experimental Media Art Lab.

As a recipient of the AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship, Steve is excited to be able to devote time to his research, which is focused on the future of photography as a medium.

“I’m interested in what photography means at the present time and how it functions in contemporary culture,” he says.

“I completed my Master of Art and Design at AUT, and feel that I benefitted greatly from the skills I learned at that time. AUT has served me well in navigating both academic and professional worlds, so when I decided to do my PhD, AUT was the obvious choice.”

A unique environment
Steve says he has found the right environment for his doctoral study.

“I would highly recommend studying creative technologies – Colab provides a positive and constructive environment to explore the challenges of contemporary research.”

He says the combination of supportive staff and the positivity of fellow students is making his work enjoyable.

“The staff are all friendly, constructive and committed to helping me get the most out of my time here. The other students are also an inspiration, as their dedication to a diverse range of projects is obvious and contagious. AUT also provides excellent support in the form of the library, workshops and other things I’m still discovering.”