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School of Arts and Media

Darren Raven

Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader


Darren Raven is a design educator with FE, HE and Post Graduate teaching and leadership experience. Prior to entering education he was a freelance illustrator with a global client base. Clients included: Financial Times, The Guardian, BBC, The Independent, Friends of The Earth, Management Today, The Builder Group, Bloomsbury, Disney, Amazon, Viacom (MTV Europe, Nickelodeon), Microsoft, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Chronicle Books.

Darren's teaching practice involves developing vocationally-situated challenges that explore the concept of design education as a liminal space, engendering a transformative exchange between learners, tutors and creative industry practitioners. His design projects challenge students to explore and apply design research methods to gain insight, inform process and underpin the development of practical and transferrable skills with work-based and related situations.

Darren has worked as an external examiner and advisor at various UK HE institutions - Staffordshire University, Kingston University, Hereford College of Art, University for the Creative Arts, the Arts University Bournemouth, University of Derby, University of South Wales and University of Leeds.

In 2013 Darren received 3 x awards recognising his work, teaching and leading the FdA/BA Design for Communication Course at London College of Communication - 2 x team based UAL awards for excellence within learning, teaching and sustainability and a National Teaching Fellowship from the HE Academy.

Keen to engage in collaboration regards design education, Darren, along with participants from other UK design courses, is using his National Teaching Fellowship award to facilitate the development of a national subject association entitled the Graphic Design Educators Network (GDEN), which aims to provide a forum for subject specific debate and exploration, sharing of best practice and the advancement of education in Graphic Design.


Level 4: Form & Content, Process & Application

Level 5 modules: Creative Collaboration, Live Projects

Level 6 modules: Critical & Professional Contexts 3, Negotiated Major Project

Research Interests

Graphic design education.

Qualifications and Memberships

Deputy Chair – Graphic Design Educators Network

ILM Award in First Line Management, UAL, 2011

Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, UAL, 2004

MA Illustration, Royal College of Art, 1998

BA Hons Graphic Design, Staffordshire University, 1996


Burns, J., Corazzo, J., Hardie, K., Harland, R., & Raven, D. (2015). Graphic Design Educators’ Network: Re-establishing the purpose and value of a graphic design subject association. Art, Design & Communication In Higher Education, 14(2), 199-205.

Brown. S, (Editor) (2015). Learning, teaching and assessment in higher education: global perspectives. Palgrave.

Martinez, Y. & Trees, J. (Editors) (2013). Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education. Booksfromthefuture.

Sassoon. R, (Editor) (2009) The Designer: Half a Century of Change in Image, Training, and Techniques. Intellect.