Visual Effects Design and Production

Paul Hilton

Senior Lecturer – Visual Effects Design and Production

MA (Animation) PGCE, BA (Film and Animation) HND (Animation)


Paul Hilton is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production course . Paul ‘s specialist area is in drawing and design although he also teaches 3D animation. Paul works as a practicing animator and artist within the creative industries and has worked on television commercials and promotional artwork for several studios.Paul’s pedagogic research interests lie within the relationship between movement analysis and how this study directly relates to and informs the teaching of animation. Paul has taken part in the Society for Animation Studies (SAS) Conferences and delivered papers at the SAS conference in Athens in 2011 and in Toronto in 2014 and at the CAKE conference at Edge Hill University in 2014.He has also been working with industry partners gaining training on software tools which in turn informs his teaching.

Professional practice

External Examiner for the University of Bedfordshire (FdA Animation for Industry) 2009-2012 External Examiner for the University of Sunderland (BA Animation and Design) 2010-2013 External Examiner for the University of Sunderland (MA Animation) 2011-2014 External Examiner for London Metropolitan University (BA Animation) 2014-External Examiner University of the West of England (BA Animation)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Cream Award for advertising (Kalms Commercials)

Research Specialism

Paul’s research interest lie in drawing and movement analysis specifically in martial arts and animation education.

Paul is a practicing martial artist with over 20 years experience which directly informs his teaching on both the visual effects and animation disciplines. He has delivered papers at Society for Animation conferences around the world. He has also talked at JOMEC martial arts conference.

His research interests come together specifically to offer thoughts on the connection between Kung Fu training and how it can be used as a method for teaching Animation. His research material is culminating in a PhD proposal.


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