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Helen Markes

Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader Extended BA (Hons) degree

Beginning her teaching career in 1988 as a lecturer in design and illustration, Helen recently celebrated her 30th anniversary as a member of the team here at Arts University Plymouth. Her ND graphics course (now our UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design - Graphics, Illustration & Game Arts) gained a national reputation for producing creative, enquiring and dedicated students.

Helen then went on to develop the university's year-long Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course. She spent seven years managing and running this dynamic course, which was renowned for producing critically aware, creative students, with many going on to win awards and forge extremely successful careers all over the world.

Helen is now Course Manager for the university's Extended BA (Hons) Degree, a four year degree programme which includes a preparatory year designed to ready students for the transition to the BA degree programme of their choice.

Passionate and committed to teaching, Helen enables students to use research, drawing, experimentation and critical thought to generate strong ideas and concepts across a range of disciplines. Helen’s approach to teaching places emphasis on individual development and a personal approach.

In 2017 Helen was selected as a UAL External Moderator, and travels the UK working with colleges to ensure that UAL’s qualifications are delivered and assessed appropriately.

Helen spent a year teaching and travelling in Australia and New Zealand, which inspired her personal practice as an image-maker; she uses drawing as an expressive language and as a developmental process.

Helen has her own studio in Cornwall where she mixes her fine art interests with her graphic design experience, creating mixed media collage pieces.

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