John Hill

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Mr John Rowland Hill BA (Hons) Fine Art MFA Master of Fine Art MSc Master of Science Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Programme Director BA Set Design and Production

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481116

Admissions tutor for the programme, directly responsible for the academic scope of the degree, its implementation and its running.

The processes of visualising, creating and building objects and environments – both in the real and virtual worlds, fascinate me. I come from a fine art background and consider myself to be a designer / maker first and foremost. The intention behind my teaching is to develop ideas through practice, review and chance – encouraging all students to take risks to develop exciting new ways of representing the worlds in their head.

There are many problems that interest me, some of which I try hard to solve. Presently, I’m creating works that deal with the idea of digital patination; the notion that an image might degrade the further it travels in the same way as a parcel shows the history of its handling or a piece of furniture its years of use.  Within the Film programme I attempt to make explicit the creative and exploratory nature of production design by accentuating the development of problem-solving, experimental approaches, communication and contextualisation. My students will be able to approach their work in an open and informed manner with increased engagement and room for personal development.

I teach across a range of modules on the Film and Digital Arts courses, namely: Film & TV Production I & II, Storyworlds, Advanced Visual Studies, Social Media, Major Project Supervision and Realisation on the Masters course. 

The convergence of learning landscape infrastructures and traditional educational spaces that proposes flexible criteria for hybrid learning environments. My research is informed by an assumption that built environments afford conditions of practice by their very design (Weisman 1992) and that these affordances embody political values that translate into learning activities.

Given such a premise, I seek answers to the question: what types of structures enable more equitable learning environments for all students? I’m interested in how emerging technologised learning environments are designed with flexible criteria in mind if they are to foster multiple types of learning practices.

A broad range of expert idea visualisation approaches with specialism in image treatments, digital matte painting and motion tracking. John is able to see ideas develop from initial concepts, to visual research through to actual implementation of a build, moving seamlessly between the real, the imagined and the virtual.

Recent consultancy work has seen the development of a new BA in Digital Arts and a new BA in Production Design for Film & TV, drawing upon extensive experience of writing and validating Degree Programmes over many years.

John contributes original writing and responses to a number of educational bodies and has held appointments as an External Examiner at the University of East London, the University of Hull, the University of Teeside and in the near future Buckinghamshire New University.

As Programme Director I’ve written original content for a large selection of modules and degrees. I wrote and developed the inspirational BA Digital Arts degree, the acclaimed MSc Multimedia, MA Animation Degrees and the industry facing BA Set Design and MA VFX programmes.

John currently holds two appointments as an external examiner for Teesside University and Buckinghamshire New University. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently formulating a proposal for Doctoral study.