School of Art and Design


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Mr Andrew Denham

  • Qualifications: MA, 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 and Design
  • 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 Masters 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].

Teaching Responsibilities

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • MA Graphic Design

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 6 - Visual Culture [History & Theory]: Supervision of Research Paper and Research Project across Graphic Design and Illustration courses.
  • Level 6 - Professional Practice: Design Briefs and Competitions: This unit involves national and international competition briefs set and judged by professional bodies: iSTD, RSA, D&AD awards.
  • Level 6 - Major Project Research & Development: The unit provides students with the opportunity to select an area of study of their choice and conduct substantial contextual research into that field of study.
  • Level 6 - Major Project Resolution: This unit asks students to articulate key research findings identified in the research and development within their practice in the production of a clearly delineated final artifa<


    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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