Sarah Rushton

Job Title and Responsibilities

Course Leader:  BA(Hons) Graphic Design and BA(Hons) Illustration

Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design & Illustration

MA Mentor

Alumni coordinator/External links

Letterpress resource coordinator

External Examiner

About Me

After winning a D&AD student award and a scholarship for achievement I graduated with distinction from an MA in graphic design at UCE in 1992 - the study of which focused on visual teaching aids for adult literacy. This work prompted a variety of freelance commissions in collaboration with educational publishers and part-time teaching at local colleges in design and illustration before I finally moved into full-time education. My experience spans 22 years across both the FE and HE sector and in the production of creative work in both graphic design and illustration. Personal practice is currently centred around experimentation with letterpress, exploring the creative interplay of type & image and related visual language.



MA Graphic Design (Distinction)
Pg Dip Visual Communication
BA(Hons) Graphic Design


Professional Memberships and Activities

Design & Art Directors (D&AD)



Visual problem solving


Research Interests

Broad research interests are in; collaborative approaches to design & education (facilitating a democratic design process), visual problem solving, embedding socially responsible design into the design curriculum, letterpress / experimental printmaking.

Having worked collaboratively with women artists, I produced visual and written material for the Mare’s Tale: a UK and Netherlands touring exhibition in sculpture, printing, painting, textiles and animation, with sponsorship from North West Arts, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council and Bury Art Gallery and Museum. I also co-authored and designed a book and website to support the exhibition, published by Bury Art Gallery and Museum.

My personal practice and research is currently devoted to experimentation with letterpress techniques, exploring the creative interplay of type & image and related visual language.
Another strand of my research is geared towards the development of an Alumni networking group with a view to producing material containing advice and tips on gaining work placements and employment in the creative industry.

Current Teaching

Course Leader, Senior Lecturer in graphic design & illustration, final year tutor, MA Mentor
Alumni Coordination, Letterpress Resource, External Links



Sarah Rushton
School of Art & Design (Visual Design)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
Flaxman Building
College Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294870