Christopher Sharrock Named Dean of the College of Art, Media and Design

Sharrock tapped to head the University's newly merged colleges of Art & Design and Media & Communication

May 30, 2011

Christopher Sharrock has been named the dean of the new College of Art, Media and Design at the University of the Arts. Sharrock is a noted illustrator and was most recently the dean of Camberwell College of Arts, a constituent college of University of the Arts London (not affiliated with the University of the Arts in Philadelphia). He joined UArts on July 1. The College of Art, Media and Design will launch in September 2011, as the University merges its College of Art and Design with its College of Media and Communication. 

Sharrock's colorful career has ranged from work on the groundbreaking British television series "Spitting Image" to academic and leadership positions at Central St. Martins, the University of Brighton and Hereford College of Arts.  At University of the Arts London, he helped to develop a "Three College Model," leading the effort to restructure and promote the specialized strengths of the constituent colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, the Wimbledon School of Art, and Chelsea College of Art and Design.

"We are very pleased that Christopher is joining the University of the Arts at this important juncture in the institution's history,” said President Sean Buffington. "His leadership and vision will help us continue to implement our new academic plan, developing innovative new ways to educate artists and designers to be leaders in a world where the need for creative thinkers has never been greater."

While at Camberwell College, Sharrock focused on breaking down barriers between art and design curriculums and on capitalizing on interdisciplinary potential, as well as strengthening the college's international recruitment and exchanges. He has been published in Direction magazine, Creative Review and Design magazine on subjects including advertising, illustration, design and art, and has curated a number of illustration exhibitions. He was one the main caricaturists on the innovative British television show "Spitting Image," which ran from 1984 to 1996 and featured sculpted puppets that satirized public and political figures.

"Christopher brings to us a rich background in the visual arts," said University of the Arts Provost Kirk Pillow. "He has a keen sense for current arts education innovation, a solid background in academic administration, and the leadership skills and energy to build a path-breaking new College from its existing – and new – constituent parts."

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