School of Art and Design


Ms Nicola Hay

  • Qualifications: PGCTLHE, MPhil, BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5618
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  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am a senior lecturer on the Illustration BA (Hons) course and work with level 4, 5 and 6 students.  My background is in print and digital media with experience in commercial print and web design.  My practice is currently linked with my teaching and predominantly explores the use of traditional media in conjunction with digital media, animation and interactivity.  I have also worked as a visiting lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth.

Teaching Responsibilities

I work across all the undergraduate year groups and coordinate the following units:

  • Level 4 unit – Identity through Print which explores the use of traditional and contemporary print techniques and illustration.
  • Level 4 unit – Research Methodology within which students choose and study, in depth, one animal and develop their own choice of focus for that animal visually through a broad range of media.  This work is linked closely with the Illustrated Menagerie which I curate.
  • Level 6 unit – Illustration Presentations which help the students develop and hone their presentation skills.

I tutor final year students in their self-directed and professional practice projects, second year students with professional practice and tutor on all first year Illustration units.


My Mphil in Art and Design explored the question of whether entrenched and damaging patterns of behaviour could be recognised more easily by an individual if a visual catalyst was present.  The project outcomes were explored and produced in a cross-disciplinary environment with the influences of systems thinking, psychology and behavioural sciences playing a great part.  My research has been disseminated at conferences (PIE Amsterdam 2001 and UKSS Oxford 2006); as an exhibition (UKSS 2007); and in journal publications (PIE April 2007 and Systemist 2006).  It is also referenced in journals (Nature of Mathematic July 2006 and Use and Redesign in IS 2008).

My research interests currently are closely tied to my teaching practice and the ongoing development of the Illustrated Menagerie project.


Research profile

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