Stuart Messinger

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer

Award Leader for BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making

About me

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.


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.

Current Teaching

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


Messinger, Stuart
School of Art & Design (Visual Design)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
Flaxman Building
College Road

t: + 44 (0)1782 294709