Stuart Messinger

Senior Lecturer (Tef)

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

One of my earliest memories is of lying belly-down on the floor... drawing; something that I have thankfully not grown out of, except I now sit at a table…sometimes.

From drawing pictures it was a natural step to want to make them move and so I went to school to learn how to do just that. After graduating from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Animation I was a 2D animator on the CITV series, ‘Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids’. In 2002 I participated in a professional exchange to La Poudriere école du film d'animation, France where I produced and animated a one minute sting for French television. I graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2003 (MA Animation) and went into Visual Effects production management.

My film credits include: ‘Valiant’, Tim Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, Roland Emmerich’s ’10,000BC’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’ and Aardman Animations stop motion feature film 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists' directed by Peter Lord.

Academic qualifications

MA Animation – The Royal College of Art (2001-2003)

BA (Hons) Animation – Surrey Institute of Art and Design (1996-1999)

BTEC National Diploma – Foundation Studies in Art and Design – The Surrey Institute of Art and Design (1995-1996)

Research interests

As well as commercial film work, I have also been creatively involved in a number of smaller independent animated and live action projects and am currently in the early stages of development for a long-format animated film.

I am very interested in the process of ‘adaptation’ and the creative processes involved in translating the written and spoken word into visually communicated forms.


Modules within AMD – Animation
Animation Fundamentals – Level 4
Life Drawing – all Levels
Individual Animation Project – Level 6
Animation Direction – Level 6

Personal Tutor – Level 4

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020