School of Art, Design and Performance


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Andrew Denham

  • Qualifications: MA, PGCE, BA [Hons]
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) Graphic Design, MA Graphic Design
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5690
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  • Department: School of Art, Design and Performance
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am Senior Lecturer on the undergraduate and masters courses in Graphic Design. My areas of expertise include motion graphics, information design, web design, digital aesthetics and interaction design. Previously I taught on the undergraduate degrees in Web Design, Design for Interactive Media [DIM] and Communication Design. After joining the University in 2003, I was heavily involved in shaping the course structure, ethos and curriculum for the Web Design and DIM undergraduate courses.

My first degree was in Fine Art and English Literature [specialism in painting] while my Master’s degree is in Computing in Design [Digital Arts] at the renowned Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts at Middlesex University. The major work focused on multi-sensory interaction / user mediation in artificial environments [programmed in ‘C’ language]. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education - qualified as an Art and Design / Design Technology teacher – and extensive experience of teaching in the secondary sector. Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in 2003, I worked for several years in commercial design practice with responsibilities in web design and sequential design [permanent and freelance positions].

My research interests lie within the field/s:

  1. Design thinking: an ontology in digital / web aesthetics [paradigm, form, function]
  2. Pedagogic research: an epistemology of digital reading practices

Teaching Responsibilities

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • MA Graphic Design

Academic roles

  • Level 5 Coordinator for Graphic Design
    Responsible for ensuring that all administrative and organisational tasks are dealt with in connection to this year group. This also includes overseeing a PDP tutorial program and managing the Level 5 Moodle content.
  • School Placement Officer for Graphic Design Course
    Tutor responsible for managing student work placement site visits and administrative duties for Graphic Design undergraduate course during their twelve-month work placement within the design industry.

Unit coordinator

  • Level 5 - Screen Design – Interactive Design [SDID]
    The field of study for the unit is Data Visualisation and Information Design. Responsibilities here include the writing, planning, delivery and assessment of content for the unit. A series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops (conceptual and software) help students consider how we break down, analyse, interpret and give visual form to the data sets. 
    Software workshops: Adobe Animate CC: Actionscript 3.0
  • Level 4 - Screen Design – Motion Graphics [SDMG]
    This unit introduces design principles for motion graphics/sequential design through an understanding of how type works on screen in a time-based medium. A series of lectures, workshops, tutorials and design critiques enable group discussion and sharing of approaches in the design of a title sequence for the screen. 
    Software workshops: Adobe After Effects CC

Units taught

  • Level 4 – Introduction to Graphic Design
    This unit looks at the historical, contemporary and cultural contexts of Graphic Design. The unit debates the terms and conditions as to what Graphic Design is as a field of study.
  • Level 5 –


    Current research

    My research interests lie within the field/s: 

    1. Design thinking: an ontology in digital/web aesthetics [paradigm, form, function]
    2. Pedagogic research: an epistemology of digital reading practices

    MPhil & PhD in Arts & Computational Technology [ACT] in the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London [expected 2014 - 2020]

    Practice-based PhD research studies:

    PhD title: Mapping the aestheticisation of digital reading practices


    Research profile

    Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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