Programme Leader: FdA Illustration and Concept Art
Upon completing my degree, I, along with fifteen other Illustration graduates from Kingston-Upon-Thames University, organised an exhibition to showcase their work at the Association of Illustrators Goodge Street Gallery, London. This was an exciting start to entering the professional market and led to me remaining in London working freelance for a year. After this, I returned to the North of England and gained full-time employment in a regional Design and Advertising Agency.
I left the design industry after a further three years to begin my career in lecturing, initially working as a part-time design lecturer at both Rotherham College of Art and Technology and Doncaster College. Within six months, I was appointed as full-time design course tutor at Doncaster College. Since that time she I have held the posts of Course Leader for the ND Illustration, HND Graphic Design (Illustration) and Deputy Section Head of Graphics and Advertising. In 2008 I became the Programme Leader for the FdA Animation and Games Art course.
In 2005 I decided to further develop my narrative illustration skills by undertaking a Masters Degree in Design (Illustration) at The University of Lincoln, which I successfully completed in 2008.
FdA Animation and Games Art and the BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation (Top Up):
In 2009 I along with my colleague, Keith Hume completed a year-long case-study looking into the creative industries, which was one of the four priority learning areas of YHELLEN who funded this project. The study involved exploring the perceptions of student’s progression into, and from HE into the creative industries in Yorkshire and Humberside, and the perceptions of employers of graduates in this area. The report was published in 2010.
Recently, I have collaborated with Keith Hume, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation, on an International project in partnership with Kirklees College, Jiangbin Vocational School and Zhejiang University of Communications and Media in Hangzhou, China.
Tutor Member of the Association of Illustrators.
Member of British Design and Art Direction (D&AD).
Worked in a Design and Advertising Agency. Previous clients: Asda, Lyons Bakery, Gardner Merchant, Makita Power Tools (Germany), Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Ben Bailey Homes, Arncliffe Homes, St. Quentin Property Development and Hayselden Cars.