Faculty of Media and Performance

Dr. Matt Nicholls

Lecturer (Theory) – Visual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television

PhD Film Studies (University of Southampton), MA Film Studies (University of Southampton), BA (Hons) English and Film (University of Southampton)


Dr Matt Nicholls is a Lecturer in Theory for BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production. A specialist in film theory, Matt studied for his BA and MA at University of Southampton before completing his PhD in Film Studies titled Interactions Between Contemporary American Independent Cinema and Popular Music Culture, also at Southampton.

Matt worked as lecturer at University of Southampton until 2017 when he joined Arts University Bournemouth as Lecturer. His teaching focuses on introducing BA (Hons) VFX students to historical, contextual and theoretical issues within the VFX/Film/Animation subject area, while also contributing to units in BA (Hons) Animation Production.

Research Specialism

Matt’s research focuses on trends in contemporary American cinema, both in terms of mainstream blockbusters and smaller budget independent cinema. His PhD examined the role that popular music played in establishing the identity of the emerging wave of new American independent cinema of the 1980s, ’90s and ’00s.

More recently Matt’s research has focused on the role of visual effects in contemporary cinema. He is currently researching the function of ‘downplayed’ and ‘imperceptible’ effects in recent US indie cinema.

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