Dr. Darren C Fisher is a Drawing and Animation Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Darren’s research and creative practice span across areas as broad as workplace health and safety, disability, education, psychology, tenant’s rights, and autobiography. In 2019 Darren received national recognition for his research in graphic narratives, creative practice pedagogy and creative foci as a ‘Top 5 Media, Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Researcher’ from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Darren is a keen believer that image-making and graphic storytelling are utilitarian and generative practices that are accessible to everyone and are beneficial for positive mental health, creativity, and the facilitation of self-exploration.
Darren has taught drawing and image-based storytelling in a variety of contexts including higher education, evening short courses, weekend workshops, and at community libraries, working with skilled image makers and people with social disadvantages in a therapeutic setting alike. His professional activities extend to a defined community of practice in comics and graphic novels, leading and managing creative teams for exhibition and publication of projects nationally. Darren’s teaching focuses on industry readiness through producing for creative industries, animation production, and both traditional and digital drawing. He has initiated and led co-curricular activities that extend classroom practices, regularly connecting and engaging with students under a shared disciplinary banner and providing a non-hierarchical forum for students to come together in an open studio context.