Dr Nick Haeffner

Senior lecturer and CCS Co-ordinator for BA (Hons) Fine Art, MA Curating the Contemporary, BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography, PhD Supervisor.

Dr Nick Haeffner  

Dr Nick Haeffner is a Head of Critical and Contextual Studies at the Cass. He specializes in the areas of film and photography. His research interests include Alfred Hitchcock, contemporary photographic practice, contemporary British cinema, film and new media theory. Nick has shown his films and photographs in London and Leeds and has written two books Alfred Hitchcock and Archive: Imagining the East End with Susan Andrews. His articles are published in the journals Journal of Visual Art Practice, Polygraph, Visual Communication and International Journal of Applied Semiotics

Nick is a former musician with a neo-psychedelic solo album (The Great Indoors) among his credits. He has a first class degree in Cultural Studies from the University of East London, an MA in English Literature/Critical Theory and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex. He works as a practising photographer. He has curated two art exhibitions relating to Alfred Hitchcock and has published essays in several journals and books. Nick Haeffner offers PhD supervision and has had a number of successful completions so far.


  • Fine Art BA (Hons)
  • Photography BA (Hons)
  • Film & Broadcast Production BA (Hons)
  • Curating the Contemporary MA
  • Photography MA

Expertise areas

  • Contemporary art photography
  • Photography in the digital age
  • British cinema
  • The work of Alfred Hitchcock
  • New media and society
  • Critical theory
  • Cultural studies

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Nick Haeffner welcomes enquiries about and applications for MPhil/PhD research in Fine Art Photogpraphy, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
For general information about postgraduate research at London Metropolitan University, please see our research section.
General enquiries about postgraduate research in the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design should be addressed to Lewis Jones, the School Research Degrees Coordinator: l.jones@londonmet.ac.uk
PhD students supervised to successful completion:

  • Anne Robinson: ‘The Elusive Digital Frame and the Elasticity of Time in Painting’ (Practice led PhD).
  • Jean Collingsworth: ‘Transformational texts: genre, discourse and subjectivity and the self-help book’. (2nd supervisor)
  • Paul St George: ‘An investigation into the aesthetic codes and strategies used within visual art to represent and construct space, time and movement’. (Practice led PhD)
  • Sibel Celik: ‘Master of the House: Representations of the Father in Recent Turkish-German Cinema’. (Lead supervisor and Director of Studies) 
  • Andrew Gray: ‘The Embodied Nature of Reflection-in-action’ (Practice led PhD)


Ongoing PhD’s (as Director of Studies):

  • Spencer Rowell: ‘An Alternative Family Photo Album’ (practice led PhD, VC’s scholarship) 
  • Terry Comer: ‘Location as character in British crime films’

Research portfolio


Nick Haeffner

Bucharest in Recovery

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Eastern Promises

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Hysterical Symptoms, in Shadows of Doubt

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Woolworths, Leytonstone

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