Head of Department of Visual Arts
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Phil Healey is the Head of Department of Visual Arts in the School of Arts and Design at Middlesex University. In his academic career Phil has taught at Newcastle Polytechnic, Reading College of Art and Design, The School of Communication Arts and Kent Institute of Art and Design
(Maidstone.) Phil held roles as Programme Leader, Curriculum Leader, Academic Group Chair and Director of Programmes for Communication Arts before becoming Head of Department for Art and Design in 2008.
Under Phil¹s leadership the Department has grown its range of Creative Industries programmes and now includes BA Hons Animation, BA 3D Animation and Games, BA Design, Interior and Applied Arts, BA Fashion, BA Fashion DSP, BA Jewellery and Accessories, BA Fashion Textiles, BA Fine Art, BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, BA Interior Architecture, BA Photography, MA Graphic Design, MA Photography, MA Fashion, MA Interior Design and MA Fine Art. The programmes are popular, academically successful and many win national and international awards, such the Royal Society of Arts, Design and Art Direction Awards and the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery for the last four years. Phil also made a significant contribution to the planning and implementation of the
successful move of Art, Design and Media to the new state-of-the -art £80 million Grove building on the central University campus in September 2011.
Phil has extensive experience in the Creative Industries at the highest level, working in Graphic Design, Illustration and Publishing. He has won a number of prestigious awards including Creative Circle Advertising Awards: Bronze Award, BAFTA Awards: 2nd place, British Book Awards, 2nd place in
Book Jacket of the Year, Silver Award at the 69th Typographers International Association Typographic Excellence Awards in New York, Design and Art Direction Association of Great Britain: Silver Award for Cinema Advertising and D&AD Tutors Awards. He has worked for a range of design consultants including Allied International Designers, The Small Back Room, Fitch, Wolf Ollins and Planet X for clients including BBC, Channel 4, Bloomsbury,
Virgin, London Transport, BP, Simmons Palmer Denton, The Guardian, Fourth Estate, Thames TV, New Socialist, Cassell, Dorling Kindersley, Pavilion, Ally Capellino, Daler Rowney, Marks and Spencer, Bankers Trust, Savills, Orange and Natwest.
Phil Healey and Rick Glanvil are credited with creating the term ŒUrban Myths¹, for Œfriend of a friend¹ stories, which is now in daily use. They wrote best selling Urban Myths books (6 titles) and the popular Urban Myths column in the Guardian, which ran for 6 years. There are 2 further books now in a second edition with examination questions for English students!
Phil has appeared in on Radio and Television on many occasions including Good Morning with Richard and Judy, Radio 1 with Mark and Lard 1993, Schofields Quest, Radio 4 with Emma Freud, Steve Wright in the Afternoon Radio 2, 200 and in 2011 was part of the winning Middlesex University staff
team on The Third Degree: Quiz on Radio 4.