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Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris

Senior Lecturer

School of Business, Law and Communications

023 8201 6495 ext. 6495 Room no. JM216


Christopher graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) Advertising and Graphic Design. After graduating he was employed as an art director for several London agencies: Lowe Howard-Spink/Horseman Cooke, The Unknown Partnership and D4, working on accounts for Boots, M&S, James Capel, Financial Times, Britvic, JPS, Virgin, Mappin & Webb, Beggars Banquet and Phonogram, designing brand identities for City Beat, Global Village and XL Recordings. 

After completing the MA Communication Design programme at Manchester Metropolitan University, Christopher worked as a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University before accepting a full-time post at The University of Salford.

In 1998 he was elected chairman of the Chartered Society of Designers. He wrote the BA (Hons) Advertising programme prior to accepting programme leadership. The programme received consistent successes at YCN, Roses, DADI, Creative Pioneers and D&AD - winning Yellow Pencils across a range of categories from 2006 - 2013 including: viral, integrated, online and open advertising, applied graphic design, illustration, photography and copywriting. His current research projects involve the history of outdoor (billboard) advertising. He is a member of D&AD, The IPA and The CSD.

Christopher's work has been exhibited at The Golden Gallery: Soho Square, The Righton Gallery: MMU, Dry Bar: Manchester, Fusion - Visionfest: LJMU and has been featured in Computer Arts Magazine and The Guardian. He has completed external examiner roles at The University of Chester, Liverpool John Moores University, Huddersfield University and Stockport College. 

Christopher accepted the post of senior lecturer in advertising and communication at Southampton Solent University and, along with course leadership of BA Advertising, he teaches on the MA Creative Advertising programme. He also works as external advisor for Cleveland College of Art & Design.

In 2014, Christopher coordinated the BJL Brilliance Awards. See for further information.

Further information

  1. Recent publications

    Find out more about Christopher’s recent publications. Publications can include articles in academic journals; book chapters or full books; creative projects; conference participation and multimedia works.

    BBC Radio Manchester, Podcast, Government changes and restrictions enforced on tobacco advertising in Manchester. C J, Morris, BCC Radio Manchester. MediaCity. 2012.

    The Guardian, Snowdon, G & Morris, C J, 'Breaking in to Advertising'.  2012. 

    Computer Arts Graduate Showcase. pages 104-5, 2005.

    Computer Arts Graduate Showcase. pages 16-17, 2004.

    Computer Arts Graduate Showcase. pages 15-16, 2003.

    Computer Arts Graduate Showcase. pages 12-14, 2002.

    CSD, The Magazine of the Chartered Society of Designers. Interview with Vaughan Oliver -art director for 4AD and creative director at V23. Issue 10, pages 14-17, 2001.

    The Manchester Reporter, ‘Bringing Art to the Musical Masses’. Page 12, 1993.

    Visionfest-Common Ground exhibition catalogue. page 8, 1993.

    Fusion-Music Graphics & Advertising, LDI 1 ISBN 0 9522303 05. pages 26-30, 1993.

    South Manchester Express, ‘Got it covered’. page 10, 1992.

    Book Reviews

    Morris, C J, 'A Way With Words', in: A Way With Words, Laurence King, London. 2013.

    Morris, C J, 'Visible Sings: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts. D.Crow', in: Visible Sings: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts. 2nd edition., AVA Academia, London. 2011.

    Morris, C J, & Williams, E 'This is Advertising', in: This is Advertising, Laurence King, London. 2011.

    Morris, C J, 'Presentation Skills for Advertising', in: Presentation Skills for Advertising, Lawrence King, London. 2011.

    Morris, C J, 'The Fundamentals of Marketing. E.Russel.', in: The Fundamentals of Marketing. AVA Academia, London. 2010.

    Morris, C J, ' Kiss & Sell writing for Advertising. R.Sawyer.', in: AVA Academia 2010, AVA Academia, London. 2010.


    Art in Advertising (BJL). The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford. 2010.

    AMID (The Association of Music Industry Designers). Centenary Building, University of Salford. Organised a one-day conference to support the exhibition where specialist practitioners discussed their work followed by feedback sessions for students. 2002.

    DR Modern Art. Centenary Building, University of Salford. Coordinated the exhibition for Sheffield based agency-Designers Republic. 2001.

    AMID (The Association of Music Industry Designers). The Golden Gallery, Soho Square, London. 2000.

    Contact. Dry Bar, Oldham Street, Manchester. 1998.

    Type Directors Club New York. Through association with the Typographic Circle, coordinated the ‘Best of Year’ exhibition at Centenary Building, University of Salford. 1997.

    Visionfest. Baa Baa, 43-45 Fleet St, Liverpool. 1994.

    Common Ground-Visionfest. Golden Gallery, University of Liverpool, School of Architecture, Abercrombie Square, Liverpool.1993.

    Dead Formats. The Righton Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University. 1992.