Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Associate Professor Erik Champion

Main Campus
City West

Applications Close
02 Feb 2023

Study Level

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate or International Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
No project stipend available

About this project

Create audio-augmented reality city tours

If you’re keen to pursue a career in augmented reality and interested in developing innovative tourism products, the University of South Australia – Australia’s University of Enterprise – is offering a unique, hands-on  project-based PhD, based within the UniSA Creative Unit.

Adelaide is a UNESCO City of Music with a rich musical history, famous musical festivals and a number of live music venues. But how can tourism and related policymaking benefit? It’s difficult to determine and evaluate if planning and policies are successful because creative places are very dynamic. 

Interactive audio-augmented reality might be one fascinating tool that could be used to explore cultural tourism, especially music. A Location-Based Audio Augmented Reality phone-based application could inform and entice tourists to visit by leveraging Adelaide’s history of music and current locations for live music. 

The application must effectively and engagingly lead tourists around past and present live music hotspots and live music history locations of Adelaide with either directed, thematic or user-driven audio tours. These tours must blend in with the chosen locations and hit the right balance, by being neither too distracting nor too inconspicuous. The content could be filtered according to taste and interest.

The projects findings may help us to design a schematic design framework that will help developers to choose an appropriate level of gamification for audio-augmented reality city tours, especially for live music locations and historic music locations. 

You will need to research and determine the technological platform best suited to Adelaide, its music history, live music operators, key tourism and industry contacts, and available data sources and visitor access to current locations. 

This project will be conducted at City West but may involve visits to Magill campus or Mawson Lakes campus to access devices or talk to augmented reality and creative place experts.

What you’ll do

In this project-based research degree, you will first conduct a literature review. Then, after talking to local organisations, departments and researchers, and other experts, and investigating locations you will design an application, evaluate data, and make recommendations for a schematic overall design framework.

Upon completion, you will have the ability to design and evaluate audio tours using augmented reality software.

There may be an opportunity to work with local heritage and music organisations and staff from the Adelaide City Council.

Where you’ll be based

You will be based within the UniSA Creative Unit, incorporating the South Australian School of Art, which brings together the disciplines of architecture, planning, art and design, journalism, communication and media, film and television and the creative industries to produce flexible graduates with multidisciplinary capabilities.

Creativity is at our core. Students learn by doing, crafting in specialist studios, constructing in purpose-built production facilities, always working with the latest technology.

Our research explores the complexities of the world around us. We engage in future-focused, cross-disciplinary research and consultancy to produce inspired solutions that are human-centred and sustainable.
UniSA provides a platform for emerging and established creatives in its three major galleries. Visit the Samstag Museum, SASA Gallery or MOD. to see interactive exhibitions and contemporary works by artists, researchers, storytellers and designers, both local and international.  

We’re a catalyst for brilliance. A place where you can think critically and creatively, glimpse the future and engage with true originals. The creative economy isn’t slowing down, and neither should you.

Supervisory Team

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses but there is no stipend available. A tuition fee waiver for the standard term of the program is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders. Additionally, any Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant who holds an offer of admission without a living allowance will be eligible for the Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship. This scholarship is to the value of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). Any Aboriginal Enterprise Research Scholarship recipient will also receive a fee waiver. Where an international applicant holds an external scholarship or sponsorship a full or partial fee waiver may apply in some circumstances for exceptional applicants. Other international applicants will be required to pay full tuition fees of approximately AUD$34,300 per annum (2023 rates).  

Eligibility and Selection

This project is open to applications from both domestic and international applicants. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a PhD. 

Applicants should also submit a full research proposal (approximately 2500 words) that has been developed in consultation with the proposed principal supervisor. A template to help guide this application is available here.

Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Experience and interest in audio and music
  • Experience in AR software (ARCore, ARKit, Unity etc)
  • Experience in developing augmented reality (preferably phone-based)
  • Interest in games and gamification
  • Experience in evaluation
All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and be based at our City West campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Thursday 2 February 2023. 

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at You will receive a response within one working day.

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