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Fireside Chat Lessons from Hollywood:
How to Embed Industry into Education
6.30 - 7.30am (CET)
4:30 - 5:30pm (AET)
22nd February 2023


Fireside Chat with Ian Thomson

Learn from the Head of the UTS Animal Logic Academy, Ian Thomson, who will share his success stories from leading a fully functioning digital production studio jointly created by Animal Logic and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

The UTS Animal Logic Academy is a world leading animation and visualisation school build on the firm belief that industry should lead education. Join us for an inspiring conversation where Ian will share his views on the role of industry in creating learning experiences for students and providing them with an opportunity to directly develop critical industry-focused knowledge and professional practice skills.

We will also be discussing:

  • How education-driven partnerships between universities and companies can be boosted and managed
  • How industry can be directly embedded in the design and delivery of teaching
  • How to attract more business partners to cooperate with universities in education


Explore how education-driven partnerships between universities and companies can be boosted to create a unique student-centered learning and provide direct on-job experiences for students.

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If you are a leader in higher education, higher education learning designer, dean and academic, knowledge transfer professional or educational program lead, then this fireside chat is for you!

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Fireside chat with

Ian Thomson
Head of UTS Animal Logic Academy

As Industry Associate Professor and Head of the UTS Animal Logic Academy, Thomson currently leads the Masters of Animation and Visualisation and sit on the executive committee of the UTS Visualisation Institute.

Thomson has over 30 years of international experience as an industry leading educator, filmmaker, digital and social media author, writer and designer. Previously he led the Advertising and Digital Media faculty at Macleay College where he developed bachelor courses in Advertising & Media and Digital Media, as well as diploma courses in Content Creation, User Experience Design and Digital & Social Media Marketing.

He has won a number of awards ranging from the New York Festivals, BDA, Promax, Eyes & Ears of Europe, Cannes, the World Media Awards, Vienna Corporate Film Festival and AWARD.

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