BA (Hons) coursesIllustration

Meet the team

So much more than teaching.

Our BA and MA Illustration course team doesn’t just inform – they inspire with memorable, groundbreaking courses and professional experience.

Joel Lardner

Senior Lecturer, Third year level leader

MA (Kingston University), BA (Hons, Leeds Metropolitan), PGCE (University College for the Creative Arts)

Joel is an Illustrator and Graphic Artist based in the UK. His constantly evolving practice has spilled onto newspapers, book jackets, fashion advertising, T-shirts, and even snowboards. Joel’s practice is documented in many key text books and international surveys of contemporary Illustration.

His extensive list of clients has included Sony, BBC Radio 1, Motorola, RIBA, The New York Times magazine and more recently the Guardian newspaper.

He is currently exploring new opportunities and directions for illustration in his role as Senior Lecturer at Arts University at Bournemouth.

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Sharon Beeden

Senior Lecturer, Second year level leader

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art, Sharon Beeden embarked upon a successful freelance practice working for a range of clients including, Habitat, Harrods, The National Trust, Queensberry Hunt Design Consultancy and Rosenthal of Germany.

More recently, her passion for drawing and painting on location has led to a number of exhibitions and site-specific works associated with an artist residency in Cornwall.

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Paul Roberts

Senior Lecturer, Cultural theory specialist

HND (Illustration), MA (Mass Communication), Post Graduate Certificate (HE)
Paul has worked in Higher Education for 10 years, and has studied Illustration, Mass Communication, and Journalism. He has taught on a range of courses including graphic design, visual communication, and media history. Paul has a range of interests, including the relationship of digital forms of image making and animation to the practice of illustration, the role of gatekeepers in mediating the profession of illustration, and networks and the social fields surrounding professional cultures. He is also interested in the issues surrounding the communication of ecological and environmental concerns. Paul has written about digital techniques for illustration, and written for the media and culture journal AfterImage.

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Gabrielle Cariolle



Gabrielle has a global experience of Higher Art Education having studied in Paris (ENSAD), New York (Cooper Union) and London (RCA). Since then Gabrielle has been working freelance as an animation filmmaker and illustrator, commissioning for clients including Arte TV channel and the Opera National de Paris – with her work featuring in DVDs, print publications, and a prime time broadcast for Cine Cinema TV channel. She has produced short films selected in international film festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, Oberhausen, Tallin, Angers or Vienna. Her engagement with art education and cultural dialogue further deepened while teaching in India as Head of Art in an international school and visiting tutor at the NID (Ahmedabad).

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Vincent Larkin


MA (Authorial Illustration), BA (Fine Art)

Vincent Larkin is an illustrator and artist who works in print and drawing.

His practice is based around the idea of the uncomfortable narrative; the overlaps and diversions in the way we tell the story of ourselves. In the pursuit of this idea he uses book form, printed media, web-based media and sometimes song.

His work has been featured as part of the Tate Britain’s Source Spotlight Display for the Pattern, Graphics, Print month and exhibited at the Bookartbookshop in London. In 2015 Vincent completed a residency with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Laura Hamp

Lecturer - Drawing and Print Making


Laura Hamp studied BA Fine Art at University College Falmouth, and then went on to Study Printmaking at the Royal College of Art (2009-11). She has since exhibited her work in various group shows, such as Nature Reserves at the GV Art Gallery in London.

She now divides her time between working at Arts University Bournemouth as a HE Lecturer specialising in Printmaking and Drawing, undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and her own practice. 

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Supporting staff

Maria Midttun - Visiting Tutor

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Erica Donovan - Visiting Tutor

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Salvatore Rubbino - Visiting Tutor

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Chisato Tamabayashi - Visiting Tutor

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Paper Cinema - Visiting Tutors

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Richard Allen - Visiting Tutor

Guest Lecturers

  • Sir Paul Smith
  • Laura Carlin - Heart Agency
  • Will Sweeney - Big Active Agency
  • Adam Simpson - Heart Agency
  • Paul Gravett
  • Gina Cross
  • Paul Ryding
  • Holly Wales
  • Martin O'Neill
  • Nicola Davies
  • Anna Steinberg
  • Simone Lia
  • Matthew Bromley