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Martina Bramkamp studied visual communication design with emphasis on illustration and animation in Germany before graduating from the Royal College of Art with a Master of Arts in Animation. She lives in London and works in commercial filmmaking as a freelance director, producer, animator, storyboard artist and lomographer. Her illustration work, moving image installations, photography and interactive sculptures have been exhibited internationally and her award winning animations have been presented successfully worldwide at international festivals. Martina teaches since 2002 as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration Animation course at Kingston University in London. In 2008 she was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching from the University of the Arts London and achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2010 she was appointed Professor of Animation in the Visual Communication department at Kunsthochschule Kassel in Germany. 2016 she was awarded the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning by the Student Union at Kingston University. Based on her interest in animation in relation to fine art, new media and photography she widened her field of research and teaching with an emphasis on developments in experimental filmmaking, particularly ‘expanded animation'.
Senior Lecturer in Illustration Animation
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning Award 2016
This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a staff member, teaching or professional, to Teaching and Learning during their time working at Kingston University. This new award was designed to reward and honour unusual dedication and or outstanding contribution by a staff member.
Winner: Martina Bramkamp – The Design School
Martina was nominated for this award by many of her students on the BA Illustration and Animation course. She goes far beyond what is needed to be a great tutor. The years of experience in the field and with students enables her to give feedback that is relevant to the course but also support the students development as animators and film makers which isn't on the curriculum. Martina understands her students on a fundamental level and is able to cater her lessons and feedback for each student. She knows what each student needs to hear at certain times and this enables great teaching, on going academic support as well as emotional and wellbeing support. Her feedback during tutorials or reviews is always very critical and concise, but she will always emphasise that those are just suggestion, at the end the students will have to make their own decision on their work.
The standout aspects of the nominations that were submitted by her students were the remarks on how Martina, over everything else, has inspired her students to be bold, to push themselves and to be confident to go into the ‘real world'. She helps students shape their identity as animators and as adults and shows examples of what they can be and what they can do in the future.
It is not difficult to see why her students describe her as ‘dedicated', ‘inspirational' and ‘truly talented'. Her dedication to her profession and her teaching as provided an excellent example to her students of outstanding contribution to learning and teaching.
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning Award 2017
runner up: Martina Bramkamp
definitionthis award recognises an outstanding contribution by a staff member (teaching or professional) to teaching & learning during their time working at kingston university. this new award was designed to reward & honour unusal dedication and/ or outstanding contribution by a staff member.
core criteria they produce high quality/ quantity of work/ research over extended period of time.they produce one-off significant piece of work/ research that has lasting impact over period of time.staff member makes significant contribution to/ impact on student life over extended period of time.staff member makes a one-off significant contribution to student life that has lasting impact over period of time.shows dedication to their role above and beyond normal expectations, going the extra mile for the betterment of students and/ or kingston university.
eligibility nominations are open for any kingston university staff member (teaching or professional)
In my action research proposal as part of the postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching I identified that as a study skill note taking was creating confusing and problematic scenarios for students and tutors alike. an obvious reluctance in writing down valuable thought provoking and challenging information right through the animation department puzzled me and made me realise that in order to understand and to possibly change the situation I had to investigate further into theories of learning and teaching.
To discuss work in progress is an essential element of the everyday teaching and learning environment within the animation department. this implies that in order to be able to progress within the course, specific facts and actions will be explained and applied to expand the field of research. this can include information like work by other directors and artists, or theoretical elements like film specific and technical vocabulary. however even if students takes notes vital and critical information can get lost in the heat of the moment. note taking is a skill that requires simple recall and writing techniques or coding systems to be able to capture information fast and reliable to the true nature of what has been said. students can experience problems by actively writing down words onto paper not only due to the fact of writing difficulties like dyslexia or other learning difficulties, but also because they simply haven't discovered so far positive aspects of this activity and regard it as a nuisance.
In 2008 having followed an approved programme of study in learning and teaching for one year I was awarded the postgraduate certificate at the centre for learning and teaching in art and design at the university of the arts london.based on this qualification I was awarded the status of fellow of higher education academy.
Bramkamp, Martina (2016) Visual animation : methods of practice and teaching. Hamburg, Germany : Universitätsdruckerei. 46p. (Kunstpädagogische Positionen [Positions on Art Education], (34)) ISSN (print) 1613-1339 ISBN 9783943694123