Craig Ellis
Title: Mr
First Name: Craig
Surname: Ellis
Position: Senior Lecturer, Associate Head of Undergraduate Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263674
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Head of 1st year studies for all five undergraduate courses in the school. Has an overview of admissions processes & procedures and transitions both into and within the school.

Studied as a Sculptor and worked as a practicing artist both with gallery, commission and community/educational settings before taking up full time lecturing. Now operates a practice as a multidisciplinary Fine Artist. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Main academic duties are having an oversight of curriculum content for all five courses in the school. Leading the shared Level 1 Drawing & Visualisation programme, which includes both delivery and writing of Design and Fine Art content. This module coordination comprises the design of curriculum content and direction.

The role also deals with outward facing duties, such as coordinating school and FE liaison visits and experience, widening access programmes (ACES), working with Gray’s Mobile Art School. Also, while on campus, coordinating open days and campus visits from prospective students and teacher CPD events. As well as recruitment, it covers admissions procedures relating to folio review documents, interview process and associated staff training.

Academic Background

Studied Fine Art Sculpture at Gray’s School of Art in late 80s and early 90s before returning to do MA in Art & Design in 97.

Research Interests

Scholarship interests cover unpacking the Drawing experience to communicate how this can be seen as a collection of transferable skills. Curriculum input deals with transition in to HE, including understanding the creative process. Unpacking this from a student’s point of view encouraging ownership and looking at how ideas of “marginal gains” can be applied to creativity within a professional context.

Using and exploring the behaviour of collecting and processes aligned with the archive as models for creativity and the creative practice are current areas of interest.

Current Research

Working with “Day dream believers” an organisation bringing free secondary school level content to teachers and educators, with the aim of establishing a National qualification award for Creative thinking.

External / Professional Roles

  • External Examiner for BA Art & Design – Forth Valley College
  • External Examiner For BA (Hons) – Stirling University