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Andrew Bainbridge

Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design & Creative Thinking, Placement lead fro raphic Design
School of Arts and Media

Andrew has now been a full-time Senior Lecturer on the undergraduate Graphic Design course for 20 years. In that time, as well as his role as lead and programme leader in creative thinking, he has also been responsible for re-instating and running the industrial ‘sandwich’ placement programme. The ‘sandwich’ programme allows students to spend up to 12 months working within a variety of leading design practices, both regional and national.

Utilising his extensive links with the graphic design industry gained over the past 30 years, as well as the continued fostering and forging of new opportunities, Andrew has now been responsible for placing more than 300 Graphic Design undergraduate students into some of the country's leading design agencies.

In 2011, Andrew's work was recognised by the Vice Chancellor at the university, when he gained an Excellence in Teaching & Learning (ETL) award for his work in creating the online teaching resource The Disciples of Design.

Over the past 20 years, Andrew has also gained success with his students in more than 100 National and International Award schemes, including the Student D&AD Global Awards, The Creative Conscience Awards, YCN (Young Creative Network) Awards, The Roses Student Awards and the Star Pack Packaging Awards.

Lecturing responsibilities

Andrew teaches and delivers briefs across all 4 years on the BA (Hons) Graphic Course. Andrew is the joint lead and module tutor responsible for delivering and developing curriculum for the creative thinking module to all level 4 students. He is responsible for writing/originating and delivering briefs via studio sessions and group critiques. Andrew is personal tutor and mentor to level 6 students. He is also responsible for developing individuals projects and bespoke learning strategies, and delivering external competition briefs. Placement & income generation Andrew is the lead and module tutor responsible for delivering and developing placement programmes to level 5 and 6 students. The module includes an introduction to the industry and professional practice, portfolio preparation (both physical and online), and interview preparation and practice. He is responsible for arranging a programme of specific visiting speakers and facilitating interviews; industrial placement visits to employers; mentoring and providing pastoral support to the students during their period of industrial placement; and assessing the module. Over the years, his role as Industrial Placement Tutor has not only brought benefits to each student who has undertaken a ‘sandwich year,’ but has also provided a constant stream of income generation. Conference Week Andrew was instrumental in creating the annual Conference Week event in 2010 and it is now approaching its 10th year. Held each year in early February, the Conference Week consists of an intensive programme of visiting professional designers and practitioners. The talks are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students on the Graphic Design, Advertising and Illustration courses. The week consists of between ten and twenty speakers from both National and International design agencies, speaking on varied topics that are current and pertinent to the undergraduate course. Over the 10 years since its inception Andrew has brought in over 120 different design agencies from the UK and around the Globe, as well as some of he industries leading practitioners. They include:- Pentagram - London, RGA - New York, Interbrand - Australia, Design Bridge - Amsterdam, DDB NORD - Sweden,

External Placement Consultancy

In his role as placement lead, Andrew is in a constant dialogue with numerous professional graphic design practices, both regional and national. This involves maintaining the existing industry links and annual placement liaison visits, as well as forging new links and setting up new student placement opportunities. This role also provides an opportunity to invite working professionals and design agencies back into the university to give talks and folder surgeries. Over the years, through the placement scheme, Andrew has built upon the courses reputation for providing a constant stream of quality, industry-ready graduates. The undergraduate Graphic Design course is now widely recognised as the 'first port of call’ for an increasing number of regional and national design agencies when it comes to their recruitment requirements. Over the years Andrew has been invited into Design & Branding Agencies to give talks on creativity.

  • 2009 - Landor Associates – Invited to present his own design practice and give a talk on its creative process to the design teams at Global Branding agency Landor Associates, London.
  • 2018 - Frank Bright & Able - London - Invited to give a talk on his recently published book - Typographic Specimens ( A Natural history of the Letterform)
  • 2018 - Design Bridge - Amsterdam - Invited to give a talk on his recently published book - Typographic Specimens ( A Natural history of the Letterform)
  • 2018 - Keynote Speaker - UCO research Symposium - Invited to speak at University Campus Oldham as part of their research symposium on the subject of Creativity and the making of the Typographic Specimens book. The story behind the story. Andrew was also instrumental in organising a 20 year Alumni reunion event in
  • 2011 A two-day social event for the 20-year reunion of graduates from the class of '91 Graphic Design course, at Soho & Hyde park, London . The event attracted more than 50 alumni ranging from several years above and below, as well as several Fashion graduates from the same era. He is currently organising a further 30 year reunion weekend event to be held in Preston in June 2021.

External college visits and outreach

Andrew has also undertaken outreach with Primary School Workshops at - All Saints Primary School Stockport to Years 5&6 60+ pupils and Orton C of E Primary School - to the whole school - 57 pupils in total. These were one day typography illustration session based on his recently published book - Typographic Specimens.