Mark took up the BA (Hons) Animation Course Leader role at the CASS in 2013, and is the External Examiner for BA (Hons) Animation at Plymouth College of Art (2012-2016). He established and ran the BA (Hons) Animation course at University of Bedfordshire (2006-2013). He previously worked as a senior lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth (2004-2006), assisting in the successful Skillset accreditation of the BA (Hons) Animation Production Course.
He completed his own animation studies at the Royal College of Art. His MA films, and subsequent Arts Council England funded animation commission work, have been screened on television and at a number of international animation festivals. He started his career as a traditional 2D animator working on a sitcom pilot series at a studio based near Birmingham. He also worked in fashion illustration and brand development for a menswear company in Paris, and subsequently for London based clients including Moyses Stevens.
His personal work primarily explores relationships between architecture and animation. Recent projects include projection mapping animated images onto Surbiton Station, and developing an animated visual essay to accompany his forthcoming animation handbook, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.
- BA (Hons) Animation
Mark’s research and scholarly activity to date has focused on developing cross-disciplinary research-informed-practice pedagogy, for entry-level undergraduate animation students. He has delivered MeCCSA conference and HEA seminar papers on the subject, and this research has culminated in him writing an undergraduate animation handbook centered on the theme of narrative, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.
The teaching and learning methods underpinning his book have enabled students on undergraduate courses to progress onto a broad range of career paths including leading international visual effects houses, creative agencies, and automotive CGI studios (Framestore, AMV BBDO, Burrows CGI), as well undertake masters level study, win high profile national competitions and broadcast commissions (Academy of Art University California, Redbull Canimation Awards, Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’).