Curtis Tappenden

Lecturer, Extend Diploma in Art & Design, UCA Rochester

Academic, School of Further Education

Curtis Tappenden has been teaching at UCA for 26 years. During this time he has principally worked in further education, but he has also taught across a range of undergraduate degree programmes at UCA.

Examples include illustration, graphic communication, fashion promotion, advertising, marketing, journalism, creative writing and on the postgraduate teacher training courses. He also writes and delivers a range of activities for UCA’s Widening Participation agenda in Kent and Surrey. Most recently Curtis developed an illustration ‘Bootcamp’ intensive training module for Birmingham City University.

Curtis completed his National Diploma in Graphic Design at UCA (formerly Medway College of Design, Rochester). He graduated with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design from the University of Brighton, 1990 and an MA Narrative Sequential Illustration and Editorial Design, University of Brighton, 1992. In 2007 he successfully completed his PGCE in post-compulsory education and converted his skills to the secondary teaching sector when he gained QTLS.

He has run a non-curricular creative writing group at UCA Rochester for eight years.

Further information:

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society of Education with QTLS (FE)
  • Member of the British Association of Journalists
  • Member of the Brighton Illustrators Group.

External examination:

  • Peer reviewer for the Journal for Innovations in Education & Teaching International.

Awards, Grants and Commissions:

  • UCA Teaching Excellence Award 2010
  • Recognised author/illustrator of 25 titles.
  • 28 years of continued illustration and book commissions.
  • Curtis has also written and reviewed for the Royal Academy of Arts Magazine; Artists & Illustrators Magazine; travel writing for The Mail on Sunday newspaper, and National Writers in Education magazine.  
  • Column writer for the Sussex Newspaper.  
  • His work and the work of his students are in the collections of the National Poetry Library and British Library.

Research Outputs

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