Our stimulating degree courses are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn from real industry professionals, to ensure your future success in the fast-paced creative industries.
Peter Barker is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an MA in Industrial Design graduate from the Royal College of Art and former Head of Industrial & Communication Design at Design School Kolding. His role at Arts University Plymouth saw him return to England after three years in Denmark at Design School Kolding, which is regularly ranked as one of Europe’s top 50 design schools. During his time there Peter created opportunities for students to work with global brands such as NASA and provided design consultancy for brands including LEGO Group.
With over thirty years of international experience in industrial design practice and design teaching, including working with the LEGO Foundation to create a new MA Design for Play programme, Peter joined Design School Kolding in August 2015, first as Head of Industrial Design, then as Director of Education, and finally as Head of Industrial & Communication Design.
Prior to this Peter was BA (Hons) Product Design Course Leader at Central Saint Martins, UAL, Assistant Professor in Industrial Design at California State University, Long Beach, and Programme Manager for Coventry University Industrial Design courses. Before switching to design education, he spent over a decade working first as a designer at the Moulton Bicycle Company, and then as a design consultant in London and the Midlands across a range of disciplines.
As an educator, Peter has facilitated opportunities for students to work with international brands including Oakley, Jaguar Land Rover, Rodial Cosmetics, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Razor USA, and Sebastian Conran.
As the Head of School, Design + Communication here at Arts University Plymouth, Peter has worked closely with our Academic Dean to develop our new School of Design + Communication. As Head of School, Peter brings new ideas and expertise to bear on the consolidation, development, and innovation of the programmes that we offer, supporting the university’s commitment to creative pedagogy, interdisciplinary exchange, collaboration, and social impact.
Senior Lecturer & Assistant Head of School (Design + Communication)
Dedicated to teaching both theory and practice since 1999, Mel began teaching at Arts University Plymouth in 2004.
Mel’s skills and experience are consolidated in her role as Principal Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration programme at Arts University Plymouth, having long since decided that working alongside the next generation of Illustrators & Image-makers was exactly where she wanted to be. As the Illustration provision at Arts University Plymouth has grown from strength to strength, Mel has built a team of dedicated staff to help shape the identity and curriculum of the programme and deliver a high quality HE experience to our undergraduates.
While studying in Bath for her BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and MA in Visual Culture, Mel became obsessed with discarded books, abandoned photographs and seemingly random pieces of ephemera, and a recurring theme in her own practice is the exploration of juxtaposition to transform the use, meaning and interpretation of the things she finds. One of the co-founders and members of Bread & Butter – a Bath & Bristol based collective of Artists, Illustrators, Printmakers & Ceramicists working together to promote and exhibit their work - the power and potential of the collective and creative collaboration has remained an interest ever since.
Mel Brown (and research partner Elaine Garcia)'s research around experiential and collaborative learning investigated the potential of blogs to extend opportunities for peer critique outside the classroom, and their papers were presented in the UK, Europe and the US.
Current research interests explore play and the role of curiosity in creative learning.
Paul contributes to the development of an emerging research culture at the university, and is Chair of the Research & Enterprise Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). His own research includes both practice-based and pedagogic strands of enquiry, relating primarily to the production of and consideration for, artefacts within an expanded field of contemporary drawing practice; and to the discourses that inform new perspectives on collaboration and interdisciplinary learning in and through art and design higher education.
His studio practice is largely concerned with landscape and place-oriented practice, and the materiality of drawing, with his work exhibited through a wide range of related projects including Anonymous Drawings Archive, Kunsthaus Kannen Museum for Outsider Art and Contemporary Art, Münster, Germany (2019); Imagined Landscapes, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2016); Drawology, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham (2013) and Lanchester Gallery, Coventry (2014); and in a range of public gallery and museums including The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath; The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry; Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon; The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich; and The British Council, Barcelona. Paul has exhibited in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and Australia, and has works in both public and private collections.
Paul is currently on the editorial board for the international journal Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice published by intellect, and was previously a co-director of the international drawing visualisation and research journal Tracey, published by Loughborough University (2011-2014). More recently he has contributed peer-review for The Journal of Visual Arts Practice published by Routledge. He has contributed numerous articles and papers to international journals and conferences including: The Journal of Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education; Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice Journal; Tracey: Drawing and Visualisation Research Journal; UWE Drawing Research Symposium, University of the West of England (2019); Group for Learning in Art & Design (GLAD), Manchester Metropolitan University (2017); Arts Without Borders, Helsinki University of the Arts, Finland (2016); and ENACT: Learning in/through the Arts, 7th ELIA Teachers’ Academy, Netherlands (2015).
Tim is a video artist based in Plymouth, and one-half of the audio/ visual/performative duo ‘Got any rice’. His audio/visual and performative works have been exhibited at Plymouth Arts Centre, University of Plymouth, The Gallery (Plymouth), ‘PL:ay’ festival (Plymouth), Permanent Gallery (Brighton).
He is a committed and passionate arts educator who is always experimenting and testing accepted educational practice to ensure his course is as transparent and innovative as it can be. Tim has led university-wide innovations in relation to the use of online and social networking platforms within his course delivery and lead the charge away from formal sketchbooks to a much more fluid and dynamic blog approach.
The success of his students is testament to the skill Tim holds as an educator.
‘The Wire’ Research project promoting ‘Cafe Concrete’ collective in ‘The Wire’ magazine. Full page inside cover promotion and CD issued to 9000 subscribers. Project completed with publication in March 2010 (issue 313), and review of DVD in May 2010 (issue 315).Testing Grounds Research project, audio visual and performative work as part of ‘Got any rice’. Testing Grounds (funded by Arts Council, South East) 30th January 2010, Permanent Gallery, Brighton.VoxBox, Crossing Point, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, 19-21 May 2009.CCPCP55 (Cafe Concrete Plymouth City Project 55) Plymouth Art Centre, December 2008.