Martin Morris MA(RCA) SFHEA AIA

About

I am an educator with international experience across both education and industry. I hold a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and an Academic Impact Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (AIA). I am currently a Senior Lecturer on the award winning Illustration Animation BA (Hons) course here at Kingston where I lead the Process and Purpose Module on Level 5 focused on drawing and technology as well as teaching drawn process into level 4. I also develop and lead international knowledge exchange and transfer collaborations. This has included a collaboration with the Drawing Room Gallery in London and two cultural exchanges with the Fine Art Animation Course at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

My primary practice and research focuses on drawing and approaches to drawing as a way of developing creative insight within education and industry. My core interests lay in the history and processes inherent to drawing and how it can be used to ignite creative insight in individuals and groups toward diverse and inclusive outcomes. I have taught and continue to teach at various Universities and institutions at BA and MA level including the Royal College of Art and National Film and Television School (NFTS).

Alongside this I work within in the creative industries developing and delivering bespoke and original workshops based around unpacking the creative process. I help companies develop creative insight allowing them to develop their own unique creative voice. I work internationally with global creative agency Ogilvy & Mather and curatorial arts organisation CoLAB putting this research, developed within education, into practice.

I currently sit on Advisory Panels for both the MA Directing Animation course at the NFTS and CoLAB.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer BA Illustration Animation

Qualifications

  • SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • MA Animation - Royal College Of Art
  • Post Grad Certificate MA Level - Royal Drawing School
  • BA Illustration With Animation - Manchester Metropolitan University

Teaching and learning

My primary role is leading the Process and Purpose Module on Level 5 focused on drawing and technology. This module identifies processes and theories in drawing and visual awareness and developing technologies, such as VR software. This unique hybrid approach to intergrating processes in analogue drawing with VR technologies has been identified and singled out for praise by external examiners. A key aim of this module is promoting diversity and inclusivity in the student experience through collaborative workshops, assessment in the form of group discussion and implimentation within module  delivery of a learning feedback loop where the student and the lecturer view themselves on the same level, learing from each other and seeing and understanding where the other is coming from. Since leading this module it has achieved the highest Module Evaluation Questionnaire (MEQ) outcomes in the entire University, across all sections of the MEQ, on two consecutive academic years (2018/19 - 2019/20) demonstrating quality assurance and enhancment.

I also teach onto Level 4 where I have designed core approaches to drawing and moving image based on contemporary practice methodologies and art history, defining new and alternate routes of pedagogic investigation.

Previously I also taught across Level 6 leading the animation strand towards final assessment and degree recognition. During my tenure on Level 6 we achieved 3 nominations and 1 award in the animation at the RTS Student Awards.

In recognition of the successful outcomes in the work and student experience across all levels of the course I received the Academic Impact Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (AIA).

Within the University I have delivered bespoke drawing workshops on the BA Fine Art course at Kingston demonstrating the cross course benefits of transferable skills. Externally and through the ideas and the resulting outcomes I have been able to instigate Knowledge Exchange and Transfer opportunities including with the Drawing Room Gallery and the RCA MA Animation course, as well as designing and delivering cultural exchanges with the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Qualifications and expertise

  • SFHEA Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • AIA Academic Impact Award Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning
  • Royal Drawing School MA Level Post Graduate Diploma in Drawing and Painting
  • MA(RCA) MA Animation Royal College of Art

Undergraduate courses taught

Research

My research is focused on drawing, its relation to creative insight and visual development and how historical understand and approaches to drawing can be used to place its practice in a contemporary light for the benefit of the individual, the group, education and business practices all toward defining new worth in a contemporary light.

Over the last several years and with the use of VR technology enhanced learning (TEL) alongside drawing my focus has been on engaging with memory recall and development of the imagination via inclusive environments and collaborative art happenings that facilitating to hidden voices to be heard. This allows the individual to see their identities and backgrounds reflected and valued toward inclusivity and diversity becoming part of the learning experience.

This research is intrinsically linked to my pedagogic practice within courses such as the BA Illustration Animation course here at Kingston, external institutions such as the RCA, NFTS and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna as well as within the creative industries including Ogilvy & Mather, the Drawing Room and CoLAB where ideas are tested and fed into one another for mutually beneficial outcomes across sectors.

Publications

Morris, M. and Molloy, P. (2019), 'The grey space in the middle: Using drawing to meet the object half way', Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 4:2, pp. 341-54, doi: 10.1386/drtp_00012-1

Conference 

Martin Morris and Josh Armitage (2020) - The Grey Space in the Middle: Using Drawing to Meet the Object Half Way. In: Drawing Research Forum - Autumn 2020 Session; 6th November 2020, Drawing Room, London, UK.. 

Videos of my work

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