Dr Rama Chandra Venkatasawmy

Dr Rama Venkatasawmy is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Communication and Media. He currently teaches in the Bachelor of Communication program. He is the recipient of a 'Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' and of an 'Excellence in Teaching Award'. 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 in the Communication Studies program 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 organizations 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. He is currently a member of the Communication and Media Research group in the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology (HCIT) Research Centre.


  • PhD, Murdoch University
  • Master of Educational Studies (with Distinction), The University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)(first class Honours), Murdoch University


  • communication
  • media

Research Areas:

  • digital visual effects
  • media and communication theory
  • Australian cinema
  • film history
  • film theory
  • Hollywood cinema
  • indigenous cultures of Borneo

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