Damian Chapman


I joined Kingston University in 2018 as Head of School for the School of Design in the faculty of KSA. 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 systems design and disruptive innovation, 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.

The faculty of KSA has an outstanding reputation in industry with close relationships supporting placements for our students nationally and internationally. Our UG and PG courses are leading sector league tables and investment in Kingston University Town House, Knights park campus workshops and facilities builds on the excellent student experience, KEF and research culture.

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, I will emphasise the need to nurture and celebrate innovation and creativity as key value drivers for building a fair, inclusive and diverse society.

Academic responsibilities

Head of School


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

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Art & Design (CLTAD - UAL) Distinction.
  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate courses taught


    • Conference paper: Chapman, D., Wang, S., (2020) Individual 'Trace' in Knowledge Space A novel design approach for human-systems interaction IHIET-AI 2020 ISBN: ISBN 978-3-030-44267-5 (Springer).
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D., (2020) 'Emergent knowledge space from a design perspective' Royal College of Art, School of Design 2020 Student Research symposium.
    • Conference paper: Chapman, D., Wang, S., (2019) 'Trace: A Crucial Data Visualisation Method in Intelligent Manufacturing' INAIT 2019
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D. (2018) 'Disruptive approaches in learning UX' Festival of Learning, University of West London
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D. (2018) 'Individual trace in the knowledge space' Royal College of Art, School of Design - Student Research symposium
    • Conference paper: 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.
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D. (2017) RCA School of Design 'Trans-site research cluster symposium: CVT methodology in online learning design' Royal College of Art
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D. (2017) 'Factors that hinder and enhance learning within online and digital contexts from a design driven perspective.' Royal College of Art, MA GID lecture programme.
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D., 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.
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D. (2015) Translating Medical Intervention via a cloud-based design framework: Research presentation at the Ealing School of Art, Design & Media Symposium: Key terms: Coping intervention, Design thinking, Innovation, Wayfinding graphics, Cloud-based framework.
    • Conference paper: Watt, C., Chapman, D., Misbah, W. (2013) Leveraging the fuzzy front end: Encouraging radical innovation: 7th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices at Chiba University. Japan
    • Conference paper: Watt, C., Angelis, J., Chapman, D. (2012) Customer value and lean operations in Masters education; The International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education Artesis University College - Belgium.
    • Research presentation: Derksen, U., Chapman, D. (2012) An Enterprise Intervention in Arts Education - the Creative Challenge; The European League of Institutes of the Arts: Teachers' Academy Porto, Portugal
    • Research presentation: Chapman, D. (2012) Added Value Informing Employability and Entrepreneurship Through PDP Research in the Creative Industries, UCA Learning & Teaching Conference, British Library UK
    • Conference paper: Watt. C., Ely, P., Chapman, D. (2011) A Service Approach To Course Development. The International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, City University, London

Areas of specialism

  • Interaction design
  • Design innovation
  • Communication design