Dr. Mark Ward is a sound designer and media educator with some 30 years of experience, and currently teaches both the Master and Bachelor programmes at AFTRS.
Mark studied film, literature and creative writing at Curtin University before graduating from AFTRS specialising in Directing with recognised work in Sound. After graduation, he co-founded the sound design house Counterpoint Sound and the production company Oracle Pictures, and has a wide range of sound credits including Ray Lawrence’s Lantana (2001), Phillip Noyce’ The Quiet American (2001) and Jane Campion’s In the Cut (2003). Mark was Head of Sound at Australian Film Television and Radio School between 2006 and 2009, and since that time has continued to develop a broad profile as a media educator lecturing in interactive, immersive and transmedia at the University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University, and University of New South Wales.
Mark’s doctoral research explored the neurophenomenology of emotion in cinematic media, and he is currently exploring strategies for designing media in new and dynamic ways using the paradigm of 4EA cognition with a particular focus on embodied narrative.