New Faculty Hire Q&A: Honoria Starbuck, Assistant Professor of Practice, AET foundations

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Tell us about the classes you’ll be teaching this year.

Honoria Starbuck Assistant Professor of Practice, AET foundations

Honoria Starbuck
Assistant Professor of Practice, AET foundations

I'll be teaching AET 315 Foundations of Design and Visual Development, which is an introduction to design processes, formal design principles, visual storytelling and concept ideation. I am developing a new pedagogy and technology course, to be launched in the spring, in which students will become teachers as they develop a podcast, a learning management system module and an instructional video.

What attracted you to the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies and The University of Texas at Austin?

I have been teaching drawing to students specializing in game design and animation for the last 12 years. AET is an excellent space in which to combine my interests in drawing and visual storytelling with my background in curriculum development.

Your research focuses on art and technology. Can you tell us more about how your professional pathway led to this focus?

In the history of art and design, there has never been a more exciting time to delve into the importance of visual storytelling because communication is global and the internet and software are graphical user interfaces. Designers create what we see, how we work and how we play in the future, so design is a key field to study.

What’s something that students and colleagues should know about you?

I am a working artist and deeply believe in spontaneous creativity. I greet my students with the phrase, "Hello, my fellow creatives."

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not teaching/researching/working?

I have been studying tai chi for 15 years. My tai chi practice is now seamlessly integrated into my spontaneous daily ink drawings.  I do both traditional ink and digital ink drawings.

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