Dr Betty Sargeant


Casual Academic

School /
Work Unit

Media and Communications

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 2594



Building: 005
Level: 02
Room: 001

City campus


College of Design and Social Context


Dr Betty Sargeant PhD, B.A (Hons), B.Ed, is an award-winning creator, specialising in digital design and media art. She is creator-in-residence at the RMIT Exertion Games Lab in the Centre for Game Design Research..

In 2016 Dr Sargeant was the Melbourne Knowledge Fellow, artist-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea), Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute and artist-in-residence at the Library at The Dock (Australia). In 2016 she won the Consensus Innovation Award in recognition of her progressive design work.

Betty's specialities: experience design, creative technologies, interaction design, concept development, storytelling, professional/creative writing, illustration, animation, interactive narratives, interactive exhibitions and design for children.

During 2016 Betty was funded to develop The Storytelling Machine. This interactive media artwork debuted at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea, 2016). The Storytelling Machine instantly transforms audience's drawings into animated 3D characters that roam the artwork's seven worlds. The machine's customised software generates realtime graphics that ultimately form a large collective story.

As a Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute Betty collaborated with arts and cultural centres, and met with centre directors and artists throughout Asia. This informed the 2016 Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship Report. The report features recommendations on future arts and cultural policy particularly in relation to creative technologies.

Betty's PhD (RMIT University, 2015) was ranked in the top three of humanities, arts and social science doctoral projects (2015 Australian CHASS Prize). She has academic publications and regularly speaks at public events.

Betty is a previous artistic director of the Melbourne Moomba Parade, a feature of Australia's largest community arts event. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia. Her award-winning story app How Far is Up? is available on the App Store.

Key activities

  • Researcher and creator with the Exertion Games Lab, Centre for Game Design Research, School of Media and Communication.
  • Lecturer and supervisor: Media and Communication Masters Program.
  • Lecturer
  • Member of the Design Research Institute.
  • Member of the Exertion Games Lab.
  • Member of the nonfictionLab.


PhD, Creative Media, RMIT University 2015.

B.A (Hons), Creative Writing and Visual Art, Deakin University.

B.Ed, Victoria University.

Industry experience

2017: Exhibited The Playground interactive media artwork at: the ACT festival (South Korea); Ararat Regional Gallery; Melbourne Knowledge Week (State Library of Victoria).

2017: Creator-in-Residence Asia Culture Centre (South Korea).

2017: Creator-in-Residence at the Exertion Games Lab (RMIT University).

2017: Recipient of City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria, Asia Culture Centre and Ararat City Council funding for The Playground project.

2017: Creator-in-Residence at the St Kilda library (Melbourne).

2016: Winner of the Consensus Innovation Award in recognition of innovative digital design work. This award recognised the ways Dr Sargeant used digital technology to help form meaningful social connections between people.

2016: Creator-in-Residence (for 6 months) at the Asia Culture Centre, South Korea.

2016: Awarded funding from Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the City of Port Phillip to create The Storytelling Machine interactive media artwork and to run related public workshops in art and creative technologies.

2016: Creator-in-Residence at The Library at the Dock (Melbourne)

2015: Was awarded the Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship. This was in recognition of the strength of her work in facilitating art and creative technology projects for communities. In this role she travelled to South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore conducting research and collaborating with institutions, artists and creative technologists.

2015: Became a Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute.

2015: Became an invited ambassador for the eCult Observatory. This ongoing role involves facilitating between European information and communication technology solution providers and cultural heritage organisations.

2015: Her PhD was ranked top three at the Australian CHASS prize (Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences).

2015: Awarded a PhD from RMIT University. Specialised in the relationship between visuals, audio and text in digital narrative environments and the ways that these tools can be used to foster meaningful social connections between audience members.

2015: AIMIA (Australian digital industry) award finalist.


  • Creative director of the Melbourne Moomba Parade, a feature of Australia' largest community arts event;
  • Awarded a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts, first class Honours;
  • Victorian Premier's Design Award finalist;
  • Exhibited work in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia.

For more information please visit Betty Sargeant at LinkedIn