Edward Ryan

School: School of Communication and Design
Department: Design Studies
Position: Associate Lecturer
Location: RMIT Hanoi
Email: edward.ryan@rmit.edu.vn

Graphic Designer, photographer and occasional fine art printmaker with international lecturing experience mainly between Ireland, the Middle East and South East Asia.

  • MA Photography, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, Northern Ireland
  • MA Visual Communications, NCAD, Dublin
  • BA(Hons) Graphic Design, Central St Martins School of Art & Design, London, UK

Capstone 2, Elements & Principles of Design, Design Internship

Exploring the transition from liminality to post liminality in relation to economic migration in the Middle East, utilizing non-visual cultural material as source research for reflexively anthropological photographic work.

Research Papers:

  • ‘Time, Authenticity and Photographic Storytelling in The Museum of Innocence’, Hannam, K. and Ryan, E., Journal of Heritage Tourism, Routledge, June 2019.

Published Work, print and online:

  • ‘Nation Building’, Interview and photographic feature, Air Magazine, April 2019
  • Irish Arts Review New Generation Gallery, ‘The Autocratic, The Democratic’ 2022
  • Selected Spotlight Artist, Pupilsphere Graduate Showcase Zine, 2022
  • Source Photographic Review, MA Graduate Photography Showcase, Issue 109, 2022


  • 2017 – ‘Behind The Portrait’, Gulf Photo Plus, UAE
  • 2018 – ‘Vantage Point Sharjah 6’, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE
  • 2019 – ‘The Arab Street Vol II’, Gulf Photo Plus, UAE
  • 2020 – ‘The Art of Observation/Car Habitats’, The Image Guide, USA
  • 2020/2022 – Lensculture Critics Choice Awards, Competition Gallery Selection
  • 2022 – ‘A Trace Of Ownership’, MFA Group Exhibition, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Northern Ireland

Mainly as a freelance Graphic Designer working for companies as diverse as The Imperial War Museum, London, Arts Council of England, Dublin Corporation, University College, Dublin, Sarema Press, London, The BBC, Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick, Ireland and Amnesty International among others.

Acted as an assessor on the Irish and International panels of the ISTD Student Assessment Scheme both in Ireland and the UAE, and hosted the assessment twice in Ireland.

  • RMIT University, Vietnam – Associate Lecturer, Design Studies, 2023
  • Middlesex University Dubai, UAE – Campus Programme Coordinator, BA(Hons) Graphic Design Programme, 2017 – 2023
  • Higher Colleges of Technology, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates – Lecturer in Applied Media, 2013 - 2017
  • Technological University of the Shannon, Midlands Campus, Ireland – Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, 2005 – 2013
  • Limerick School of Art and Design, Technological University of the Shannon, Midwest Campus – Course Director, Lecturer in Graphic Design, 1994 – 2005

Expert Panel Advisor

  • Atlantic Technological University, Letterkenny Campus
  • BA(Hons) Visual Communication MA in Digital Media Munster Technological University, Tralee Campus
  • MA in Digital Storytelling