Damian Chapman


I joined Kingston University as Head of the Design School for Kingston School of Art. I lead the celebrated portfolio of innovative and highly creative departments in Fashion, Graphic Communication design, Illustration Animation and 3D Design.

With an MA from Central St Martins UAL and currently pursuing a doctorate at the RCA in disruptive approaches to search & retrieval UX in UiD, I have a lifelong ambition and dedication to design education's ability to greatly improve people's lives and their future potential.

As a design professional and having built and worked-on numerous campaigns for advertising and design projects spanning 20 years, I have created fashion imagery to still-life works, drinks and brand focused FMCG campaigns running photographic/design projects with a broad range of illustrious international design agencies.

I come to Kingston University at a very positive time for Kingston School of Art with outstanding UG and PG courses leading sector league tables. The investment in Kingston University workshops and facilities nearing completion at the Knights Park campus over the coming year with further improvements designed to build on the excellent student experience and research culture in the school.

I am delighted to join this wonderful institution. Kingston students are at the very forefront of the design industries, and through building on the innovative and socially responsible work here in the Design School, we will nurture and celebrate creativity as one of the key value drivers for society. 

Academic responsibilities

Head of School


  • MA Fine Art (CSM)
  • PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Art & Design (CLTAD - UAL) Dist.
  • BA Fine Art - 1st Class Hons (CSM)


Damian Chapman - KU-KSA / Dr Stephen Wang - RCA / Dr Al Fox - BP

(2018) Trace: A Crucial Data Visualisation Method in Intelligent Manufacturing

Chapman, D. (2018) 'Disruptive approaches in learning UX' Festival of Learning, University of West London.

Chapman, D. (2018) 'Individual trace in the knowledge space' Royal College of Art, School of Design 2018 Student Research symposium.

Phipps, L., Allen, R., Hartland, D., Chapman, D., Whitton, N., Thomson, S., Bryant, P., Hussein, A., Rowett, S., Scott, A.-M., Krohn, A., (2018) 'Next generation digital learning environments: present and future' (Chapter by D. Chapman). JISC Rep.

Chapman, D. (2017) RCA School of Design 'Trans-site research cluster symposium: CVT methodology in online learning design' Research presentation at the Royal College of Art

Chapman, D. (2017) 'Factors that hinder and enhance learning within online and digital contexts from a design driven perspective.' Research presentation at the Royal College of Art, MA GID lecture programme.

Chapman, D. and Owen, M. (2016) 'User-driven Design Strategies' London School of Film, Media and Design Research and Doctoral Symposium. University of West London - Key terms: Fuzzy front end, User-driven design, Innovation, Iterative cycle.

2015 - Research presentation at the Ealing School of Art, Design & Media Symposium: Translating Medical Intervention via a cloud-based design framework: Key terms: Coping intervention, Design thinking, Innovation, Wayfinding graphics, Cloud-based framework.

2014 to 2015 - Design Consultant: UX & UI specialist - STEM Research collaboration between Horizon Strategic Partners, Southampton University's Complete Fertility Unit in the Department of Medicine and Cardiff University's School of Psychology to design a mobile App with the aim of aiding patients and care administrators through the IVF cycle. Key terms: Coping intervention, Iterative User-centred feedback cycle, Innovation design, Cloud-based framework, Co-creation, Collaboration.

2013 - Chaired & produced: 'Seeds' PG Symposium at University for the Creative for the Arts - Epsom UK.

Watt, C., Chapman, D., and Misbah, W. (2013) Leveraging the fuzzy front end: Encouraging radical innovation. Radical Innovation, Creativity, Innovation, User-centred, Co-creation, Collaboration.7th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chiba University, Japan

Watt, C., Angelis, J., and Chapman, D. (2012) Customer value and lean operations in Masters education. The International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Artesis University College, Belgium.

Derksen, U. and Chapman, D. (2012) An Enterprise Intervention in Arts Education - the Creative Challenge. The European League of Institutes of the Arts: Teachers' Academy, Porto, Portugal.

Chapman, D. (2012) Added Value: Informing Employability and Entrepreneurship Through PDP Research in the Creative Industries. UCA Learning & Teaching Conference, British Library, London.

Watt, C., Ely, P., and Chapman, D. (2011) A Service Approach To Course Development. The International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, City University, London.

Chapman, D. (2011) Research, What's in it for You? UCA Learning & Teaching Conference, British Library, London.