Meet the team
Professionals from the animation world support the course, keeping the curriculum at the forefront of modern practice and ensuring you develop relevant technological, artistic and communication skills.
Judith Ricketts, course leader
Judith is a new media artist and lecturer in digital media, specialising in mobile, screen-based and real-world immersive games. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a STEM Ambassador, member of Brighton & Hove Heritage Network, Crossing Cultures Decolonising the Curriculum, and Board member Centre for Digital Media Cultures at the University of Brighton and Lighthouse, an arts charity specialising in connecting art, technology, science and society. Read Judith's full profile.
Ewan Kirkland, senior lecturer
Ewan is a specialist in animation history and a videogame scholar focussing on horror gaming. He is the author of Children’s Media and Modernity exploring children’s film, television and videogames. He is a frequent guest speaker at fan conventions and the lead academic on Historical and Critical Studies and Extended Research Project.
Since joining the University in 2010, Ewan has taught extensively in film, media and cultural studies, including popular television, screen histories, new media, merchandising and fantasy cinema. In addition. Read Ewan's full profile.
Kate Jessop, senior lecturer
Kate Jessop is a multi-award-winning animation filmmaker who has had hundreds of international exhibits and has 5 international distribution deals including Shorts International and Amazon Prime.
She represented the UK in the Best of Women in Film and TV and was selected for the Berlinale Talent Lab both with her portfolio as a director and her comedy series chosen for development in the Project Lab. She enjoyed her first retrospective at the Gilbert Baker Film festival in USA 2019 and then in Anifilm in Czech Republic in 2021.
She has worked across narrative film, comedy, illustration, live visuals, music video and documentary and undertaken artist residencies in Berlin, Istanbul and Reykjavik.
She is also the director of the Brighton International Animation Festival and a regular speaker and jury member on international animation festivals. Read Kate's full profile.
Micheal Chidubem, lecturer
Michael is a multimedia and creative artist with a background in visual arts, graphics design, painting, mixed media, 2D/3D animation, motion graphics, VFX and music. His research interests include the impact of AI on the arts and the creative industries and exploring animation as a vehicle for inclusivity and dynamism in higher education. Read Michael's full profile.