PG Cert in Academic Practice

I am a lead tutor in Graphic Communication & Design on the CSM Foundation Course. The Foundation Course is an integral stage of art and design education, it bridges the gap between the abilities and framework installed at FE to the HE model of self initiated study/learning. The course enables students to sample a range of disciplines and then identify which of these disciplines they wish to pursue at HE level.

One of my main roles/responsibilities is to facilitate a learning environment which enables and motivates students of all abilities to engage fully in the subject and their practice. Once students are fully engaged and committed, their learning, development and confidence increases tremendously.

I enjoy writing a scheme of work and the supporting briefs/workshops which encompass and explore the gamut of Graphic Communication & Design. These have to appeal to the various interests and abilities of the students. It is always a pleasure to see a student respond positively to a workshop/brief and witness their “light” switch on.

When not teaching I run a small graphic design company; clients range from large corporations such as the BBC and ITV to small independent publishers. A design creative process is a transferable asset; from a college brief to a corporate brief the stages are the same, to a lesser or greater degree. This includes research, ideas development, experimentation, iteration, feedback and outcomes. All briefs have clear deliverables and deadlines, which require planning, time management, clear communication and documentation.

Through undertaking the PG Cert I intend to gain a deeper understanding of my teaching practice, to learn new skills, techniques and methods to enhance and ultimately ensure that I deliver the best learning experience for the students I can.


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