gavin kirby

Mr Gavin Kirby BA (Hons) Technical Graphics FHEA PGCE FE/HE MA Visual Communication

Senior Lecturer 

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000

  • Lecture full time on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme
  • Pathway tutor for MA Visual Communication
  • Assist in the administration of the programme.
  • Advise on IT within the Faculty of Art & Design.


Gavin has a background in Technical Illustration and Graphic Design and has over 20 years of experience.

Gavin Kirby lectures on all levels of the Graphic Design, Undergraduate Degree programme as well as MDes and MA levels. His main focus is involved with teaching the ever changing technologies associated with Graphic Design and how best to implement them. The modules that he currently teaches on are:

Year One
Graphic Communication
Design for Publication

Year Two 
Design for Sustainability
Design Technologies Web Design, including workshops in HTML and CSS

Year Three
Graduate Portfolio
Marketing, Self Promotion and Exhibition

Year Four(MDes - Integrated Masters)
Thought Experiment
Advanced Professional Practice
Major Project

MA Visual Communication
Thought Experiment
Research Praxis
Confirmative Praxis.

Gavin continuing to explore different avenues of visual communication that he first explored in his Masters studies. The main focus of his personal work is looking at how information is presented and communicated to the viewer.

Gavin is constantly updating his skills to stay current with developments in technology that relate to our sector of the creative industries landscape

Gavin has over 20 years experience in working with technologies relating to graphic design in both digital and hand craft elements.

For the past 18 years Gavin has organised the Graphic Design stand at the New Designers Exhibition that is held annually at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. As a result of this consistent presence and the high standard of curated work that is displayed each year, Gavin has been able to nurture strong relationships within the creative industry. Companies like Sky Creative, Lego, Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness, and countless other agencies that design for established house hold names are regular employers of our graduates and also visitors to our course.

Gavin has also been an integral part of the organising team for our now annual Design Week conference. Design Week is a week of workshops and lectures from industry professionals associated with our graduates. Some of the companies that we have visit us to run workshops are: Sky News, Sky Sports, Lego, Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness, Animal, Waters Creative, Dirty Little Serif, and many others. The aim of the Design Week is to expose current students to industry and also show that there is a career path beyond their studies.

Gavin Kirby was awarded the Student Led Teaching Award for Art & Design in 2013 and received it again in 2014. He is a self-confessed massive nerd, a table top gamer and has a love all things Star Wars.

Gavin strongly believes that we are here to enable our students to stand upon our shoulders and reach further. Transforming lives, to change the world, one students at a time :)