Brent is Head of Visual Communication and Applied Arts and so is responsible for overseeing the operational running of the Graphic Design, Illustration, Body Art, Fine Art, and Photography undergraduate courses, and is also the course leader for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course. He is the strategic lead for internationalisation within the Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering, and has oversight of the faculty's operations for recruitment and student/staff exchange programs across Europe and the Far East, as well as the school’s franchised courses in Portugal, China and India.
He has over 22 years of teaching experience across a range of creative undergraduate and postgraduate courses both here in the UK and internationally. This, combined with extensive industry knowledge accumulated over a 25-year career in the creative sector, has been used to deliver a both vocational and meaningful student experience leading to innovative curriculum transformation for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Brent is an experienced external examiner, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an artist, creative director, and practice-based-research scholar.
MA Graphic Design, London College of Communication
PGCLT(HE), Southampton Solent University
Fellow of HEA
Creative Practitioner and Consultant
2007 - 2013
Marketing and design consultation to companies, B2B and B2C, across a wide range of sectors. Whilst maintaining and promoting 30+ independent blogs, online magazines and websites, designed to market and promote 3rd party client services and products.
2000 – 2007
Establishing and leading an award-winning full-service advertising & marketing agency in the South West, servicing both local and national clients, from start-up to 15 plus staff spread over studio, marketing, new business development and a turnover in excess of £500K. Services provided included, marketing, graphic design for print, public sector newspapers and national magazines, web design, eCommerce, and database-driven web solutions, as well as outdoor advertising, radio and TV commercials.
Senior Graphic Designer
The Times and The Sunday Times
1986 – 2000
Graphic design and photo editing across the newspapers and magazines within the group.
Course Leader BA (Hons) Graphic Design
2018 - present
Alongside HoS duties responsible for the 2nd largest course in the school, though a curriculum review working to develop innovative ways of delivery, which has seen increased student satisfaction whilst reducing overall course delivery cost.
Course Leader MA Visual Communication
2015 - 2018
Wrote & established the university’s, most successful and innovative, to date, postgraduate course with both campus-based full & part-time delivery alongside a distance learning model, 24 students in year 1 rising to 42 in year 2, positive student satisfaction recorded in PTES (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey).
1998 – 2013
Responsible for delivery of teaching across many creative courses within the school, from fashion to graphic design and marketing/advertising.
My research aims to offer a critical position on the portrayal of the ordinary British Soldier, the Tommy, by Charles Sargent Jagger after the First World War; and to assess this work against contemporary portrayals of the British Soldier (1914-1918) both visually and in literature.
To investigate Jagger’s service during the First World War, the operations he was involved in and written testimony that may offer critical insights into the experience for the artist. And so, offer a discourse, through my own practice, into the portrayal of the British soldier of today.