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Dr Lorna Sheppard


Department of Art and Music

Lorna Sheppard, Lecturer


Lorna is a lecturer in visual communication for Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 modules at Solent University. She is also a Level 5 tutor on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme. She was previously external examiner for the graphic design programme. She is now external examiner for the BA (Hons) Illustration programme at the University of Gloucestershire.

  • BA (Hons) Illustration UWE 1997
  • MA Printmaking UWE 2008
  • PGCE University of Plymouth 2012
  • PhD University of Portsmouth 2023
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (Advance HE) 2019
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 2020
  • Professional Development Course for External Examiners (Advance HE) 2023

Further information

Having achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Illustration at the University of the West of England in 1997, from the start, this achievement has set the standard to which Lorna works toward. She has over 26 years’ experience as an illustrator with clients as diverse as BBC Magazines, to Jung Giftware in Germany, to Woodmansterne and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. In that time Lorna’s work has featured in the AOI Images annual and in publications on contemporary illustration. The diversity of these projects has allowed Lorna to explore the numerous platforms that illustration inhabits from commissions for use in the public realm to surface pattern design. Her knowledge is constantly developing, keeping up with the innovations taking place in the creative world today.

Her illustrative practice has been further enhanced with the achievement of distinction at master's level in multi-disciplinary printmaking in 2008. During this time, she specialised in screen-printing techniques and the use of ceramics as a canvas. Lorna was a selected runner-up in a national competition organized by British Ceramic Tiles to develop designs for bathrooms. Thus, her practice began to diversify toward surface pattern and interior textiles, establishing a further new visual language.

Lorna’s later projects have shown how she has continued to actively enhance her practice by developing solutions from often challenging commissions. Drawn from both independent and collaborative methods of practice, this level of engagement exemplifies her commitment to achieving professional outcomes that are both meaningful and expedient.

Since 1997 Lorna has been a member of the Association of Illustrators.

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Carve out your career in design across print and digital platforms. Solent gives you freedom to explore your craft in dedicated design studios.

BA (Hons) Illustration

Turn the art of your imagination into crafted illustrations and build your portfolio using dedicated multi-media facilities and art studios.