Dr Rama Chandra Venkatasawmy

Rama is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Communication and Media; he currently teaches in the Bachelor of Communication program offered in Singapore by the University of Newcastle. He previously taught film/television production courses in the Mass Communication program at Curtin University’s Malaysian campus where he co-designed the Borneo Studies major and was also the founding Head of the Department of Mass Communication. He has also taught at Murdoch University in Australia. He has additionally worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry, as well as undertaken media production-related consultancies for various public and private organisations and institutions internationally. He has presented papers at various conferences, and in 2010 he was co-Chair of the 10th biennial Borneo Research Council International Conference. In 2015, he was the Chair of the inaugural 'Media & Journalism' judging panel for The Undergraduate Awards 2015. He is currently a member of the:


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(First Class Honours), Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Murdoch University


Communication and Media.

Research Areas:

  • Communication, Media, Culture
  • Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Digital Visual Effects
  • Film History, Theory and Criticism
  • Hollywood Cinema and Australian Cinema


  • 2017 International Conference on Arts, Science & Technology 2017 (ICAST- Dubai 2017) Best Paper Award
  • 2017 University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • 2015 University of Newcastle Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2013 University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Award.

Topics Covered:

  • communication, creativity and cultural Production
  • media, law, ethics
  • professional writing
  • communication theory
  • documentary
  • history of screen language
  • media and communication studies
  • production – corporate documentary
  • screenwriting – corporate documentary
  • screen production techniques
  • Australian cinema
  • television and popular culture
  • political and sociological theories of the media