With a background in Fine Art and having worked in the photography and digital reprographics industries, Mike Smith is the course leader for BA (Hons) Animation. Having previously written and developed a BA(Hons) in Digital Film, Games and Animation and a Foundation Degree in Design for Digital Media he has also managed and coordinated a range of other programmes including HND Multimedia and HND Interactive Media. Mike’s area of focus and specialist practice is the application of creative problem solving through animation and moving image. He also focuses on 2d and stop motion animation practices. Other research interests lie in transmedia storytelling and the blurring of boundaries between old and new media and technologies.

Mike has also recently completed his MA in Online and Distance Education the impact of this means that the Animation course makes use of a range of online and digital practices to support students with their learning.