BA (Hons) coursesMeet the team

Course Overview

So much more than teaching.

Our team doesn’t just inform – they inspire with memorable, groundbreaking courses.

Visiting Tutors and Guest Lecturers

A key element of our course is to work as much as we can with industry and to invite professionals working within the arts to speak to our students. In this way, you will gain a valuable insight into the lives of arts professionals and those working within the creative and cultural sector. See Supporting Staff below for more details.

Other visitors include staging and lighting companies, health and safety consultants and human resource consultants, as well as representatives from local festivals and initiatives that required our involvement such as Winton Carnival, Purbeck Arts Week, Holton Lee and the Larmer Tree Festival. We also work with local charities such as Julia’s House, The Butterfly Conservation Trust, Cancer Research UK, domestic violence charities, Love 146 (people trafficking charity) and Transitions Global (child sex trafficking charity).

Phil Beards

Course Leader

As Course Leader and Principal Lecturer, Phil has over 30 years experience teaching in Higher and Further Education.

After completing a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, he has worked as a graphic designer, video producer and editor and ran a professional sound recording studio for several years. Early in his career he developed an interest in developing technologies leading to a Masters Degree in Electronic Graphics and design work in multimedia, web design and CD-Rom authoring.

In 2000 Phil joined the Arts University leading courses in Interactive Media and Digital Media Production and in 2015, he took over the Creative Event Management course leadership.

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Chris Huxley

Senior Lecturer

Chris Huxley started his career in student and fringe drama before going on to fulfil many and varied roles in arts management ranging from senior management positions in national institutions (London’s Southbank Centre) to dynamic, innovative regional venues such as Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset. He specialises in small team management, is interested in issues of contemporary cultural thought and, through his company West Mead Creative, is co-Director of a major cultural leadership programme funded by Arts Council England.

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Craig Norman

Lecturer

Craig trained at the University of Glamorgan in BA (Hons) Theatre and Media Drama before embarking on an acting career which saw him perform on the London fringe, national and international tours, feature and short film, television, corporate and music videos and commercials.

He is also a playwright and has had work performed locally as well as in London (The Bridewell, Pacific Playhouse, Arch 468, Brixton), Bristol (Theatre West, Bristol Old Vic) and Exeter (The Bike Shed). Most recently, he had work produced by Red Kettle Theatre Company in Waterford, Ireland in April 2011 and was asked to write for ‘Picture This’, a project inspired by photographs, again for Theatre West, Bristol.

Craig has also directed four theatre productions: his own play, Killing London, as well as When The Wind Blows, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Herons at the Lighthouse, Poole.

He is also Artistic Director of Theatre Orb, a theatre company based in Bournemouth which specialises in new writing for the theatre. As part of Theatre Orb, he produced The Vault – a series of play readings of new work at Poole Lighthouse and The Winchester. The project enabled budding playwrights to have brand new plays performed in front of an audience with the aim of further developing their work.

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Cathy John

Senior Lecturer

Cathy John is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Theory and Policy on the Creative Events Management BA (hons) course.  Cathy has researched professional issues within the creative industries, including European screenwriters’ income for a European Commission funded project, and has also worked for BECTU, the NUJ, Equity, the MU and Writers Guild on a report for their Creating Without Conflict Campaign evolving from the Leveson Inquiry and the BBC’s Rose Review.  Observations on this creative industries research form the basis of her chapter in Gower’s June 2015 publication A Handbook on Dealing with Workplace Bullying. Cathy also has research interests in the fields of cultural theory and disability studies.

Cathy began her career in arts management at London’s Barbican Centre becoming a Film Programmer managing international film festivals and special events, with a particular interest in film and the urban environment. She has chaired the Advisory Board for the University of the Arts London based Fashion in Film Festival exhibiting in London and New York, and programmed a strand on women in the video games industry at the ICA in London, for Birds Eye View.

Creatively Cathy has collaborated on a design research project with the pioneering Northumbria University School of Design, writing the story for a book of multiple narrative pathways and consulted on the development and production of two short films directed by the BAFTA-nominated AUB graduate Michael Pearce.

Cathy gained an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, a BA (hons) from the University of East Anglia and was an undergraduate visiting student at UC, Berkeley in the United States.

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Supporting staff

Visiting Tutors and Guest Lecturers

  • Alan Rogers, Cultural Coordinator, B-side Festival, Weymouth and Portland
  • Suzy Wheeler, Strawberry Fields Represents, Bournemouth
  • Carol Maund, Creative Festival Director