BA (Hons) coursesGraphic Design

Meet the team

So much more than teaching.

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

Dr. Phil Jones

Principal Lecturer

Phil became a Senior Lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2003, and a Principal Lecturer in 2014, although he has been a visiting lecturer since the mid 1980s. He is an experienced designer (25 years) who has produced design work for major national and international clients, such as Glaxo Welcome and Canon UK. This has involved working across many design disciplines including publishing, corporate design, exhibition design, branding and new media. Projects undertaken range from art editing a magazine produced for the British Airports Authority to designing an exhibition stand in the National Exhibition Centre for Glaxo Wellcome.

Phil is currently completing a PhD at the London College of Communication. His PhD project is about investigating ways in which the cognitive-linguistic enterprise can be applied to graphic design practice–particularly, ways in which conceptual metaphors and schematic structure can be instantiated in graphic artefacts. He has contributed to The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design and has published papers on typography and metaphoricity in Book 2.0, Visible Language, the Journal of Research Practice, and Design and Culture. He has reviewed book proposals for Routledge and has reviewed titles for the Journal of Visual Communication. He has also presented papers at international conferences such as Beyond the Margins at Cambridge, Cognitive Futures in the Humanities at Bangor University, and Paradox in Granada.

Phil continues his practice through engaging with the university’s gallery, designing catalogues, publicity material and books, such as ‘Word Matter 3′ which was circulated at the Venice Biennale.

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Marion Morrison

Senior Lecturer

Marion gained her MA in Graphic Design at The Royal College of Art and a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design at Middlesex University. As Senior Lecturer and lead tutor for final year undergraduates Marion has established a consistent successful track record for prestigious international competition wins. (2015) BA (Hons) Graphic Design students achieved one D&AD White Pencil, two D&AD wooden pencils a YCN win and six ISTD passes including a Merit pass.

She balances her teaching with working professionally to ensure her design knowledge is relevant and industry connected. As a designer she is focused on providing effective design solutions across a broad communication platform to small companies and larger organisations. Currently External Examiner at Edinburgh Napier on BA(Hons) Graphic Design.

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Alice Stevens

Senior Lecturer

Since graduating from the RCA Alice’s industry background has been mainly in television, particularly the design and direction of title sequences for Channel 4 and Five.

She has over thirty international Motion Graphics credits and has also worked in advertising, having directed global commercials for Ogilvy & Mather, as well as over forty Orangina sponsorship idents for Eurotrash.

Alice was Creative Director at Rapido TV with responsibility for developing their online presence and has worked on Coca-Cola commercials in London and Los Angeles. She has directed animation sequences for numerous music videos including The Sugar Babes, M People and Manic Street Preachers.


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Dr. Kirsten Hardie

Principal Lecturer

Dr. Kirsten Hardie, National Teaching Fellow and Associate Professor, is Principal Lecturer in Graphic Design History and Theory and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Kirsten (BA (Hons) History of Design & the Visual Arts, Staffordshire Polytechnic and MA in Graphic Design (practice), Leicester Polytechnic; PhD University of Brighton) commenced her teaching career in 1987 and has developed an international reputation for innovative approaches to learning and teaching.

In 2004 she was invited to attend Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 Reception at Buckingham Palace in Celebration of the British Design Industry and Excellence in Teaching. Kirsten was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (and £50,000) by the HEA in 2004.

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Gabrielle Hass

Senior Lecturer

Gabrielle graduated from Gwent College of Higher Education (now University of Wales) with a
BA (Hons) Graphic Design in 1989.

Since then she has enjoyed an international career in graphics spanning London, Hong Kong, Vietnnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada. She has worked on a variety of magazines including What Car? and Asia Inc.

She was also part of the team that designed and launched Vietnam’’s first ever women’’s fashion magazine,‘Thoi Trang Tre’. Other projects she has worked on include logo design, high-end property/estate brochures, winning an award for her design for the sale of Groombridge Place (where the Draughtsman’s Contract was filmed), branding for a shopping mall in Vancouver and the designs for the stamps and first day covers commemorating the opening of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Amanda Evans

Senior Lecturer

Amanda has been responsible for a number of roles as an – educationalist, course director – principal lecturer in BA (Hons) Illustration 1988- 2009, senior lecturer, researcher, artist – designer, consultant, and a UK University Senior External examiner in the creative arts that spans 28 years.

She is involved in many projects and initiatives around the World – with Universities in the UK and Internationally, such as a University Subject reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Art & Design and represented AUB at the Council for Higher Education Art and Design (CHEAD).

She has been a consultant, preparing teams for periodic review such as a BA Hons Course in Fashion design at a University  in Surrey, Curriculum development and assessment in art and design at other Universities. She is currently developing ideas in interdisciplinary practice with colleagues in China and India.

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Ralph Klewitz


Ralph’s career path can be dived into two parts. During his first twenty plus years, he worked in the creative industry, and since 2005, he commenced his second career as an academic.

Ralph has worked as a graphic designer at Newell and Sorrell in London and as a typeface designer at Monotype. After a teaching assignment at Ravensbourne, he returned to Switzerland, working as a designer for Allcomm, a design consultancy which predominately handled creative and communication accounts for the international pharmaceutical corporation Novartis.

Ralph moved to Hong Kong, implementing the visual identity system for the former joint venture Ciba in South-East Asia. In 1994, he returned to Switzerland, founding a network of creative professionals that specialised in developing corporate communication and adverting projects.

During that time, Ralph also worked as a freelancer for various design studios and advertising agencies, such as cR DDB Basel. Ten years later, he decided to change the direction of his career to become an educator because he had a desire to pass on his experience to the next generation of creative professionals.

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Mark Osborne


Background in digital media development focused on cultural/heritage sectors.

Current interests include digital preservation, post internet, physical computing, quantified self.
Ongoing projects include:

This Is Then




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Marten Sims


Marten has been responsible for a diversity of roles over a career spanning 15 years and three continents. He’s worked as a course instructor, designer, consultant, workshop facilitator and as a public speaker.

Based in Canada from 2009–15, Marten taught courses in branding, design fundamentals, and print production at Emily Carr University, design for civic engagement at Simon Fraser University, and branding and design at Vancouver Film School.

In the UK, he has worked as a Visiting Tutor at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) since 2015, instructing 1st, 2nd and 3rd year BA (hons) Graphic Design students in branding, graphics, illustration, design, advertising, typography, urbanism and civic engagement. His lessons often include experiential, user-centred and transdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.

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Supporting staff

Malcolm Kennard - Visiting Tutor - BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Malcolm has been designing, consulting and educating across all levels for over 30 years delivering graphic design programmes first at the RCA and the Glasgow School of Art, as Dean at the LCP, and then as Course Director at Kingston University for ten years, before joining AUB as Senior Lecturer. 

As an independent designer he has worked with major design groups and agencies, including: Wolff Olins, Siegel and Gale, The Partners, Saatchi and Saatchi, B&B, CDP and Landor Associates and, through direct client consultancy, with BP, HMV and Associated British Foods.

For the last ten years he has been dividing my time between education and consultancy, delivering bespoke innovation workshops to a variety of design agencies and organisations. These have included D&AD, V&A, Landor Associates, the Brand Union and—in association with Aquent—Sainsburys, HSBC, Shelter and Bosch.

His approach has been to challenge habitual ways of working, exploring alternative thinking that leads to novel, unconventional solutions. One method has involved the repurposing and reimagining of familiar objects to prime problem solving and idea generation. He has also promoted the need for learners to be given ‘permission to fail’ allowing experimentation at an early stage through a playful, irreverent and expansive engagement with design. This has formed the basis for the professional workshops entitled ‘Taking Ideas for a Walk’ that encourage a way of thinking that goes beyond any pre-conceived ideas of Graphic Design being simply a problem solving discipline.

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