Simon Betts

Wimbledon College of Arts
University of the Arts London

London, UK

For the last five years I have been Dean of Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London. I have worked in both further and higher education in the UK.
My current research interest is centered on how the practice of drawing as a trans-disciplinary practice can instigate new approaches to the teaching and learning of drawing. In 2011 I completed an International Visiting Fellowship at RMIT Melbourne in the Biomedical Science Faculty to research and develop a cross-disciplinary approach to drawing for science curricula. I co-authored the Certificate in Drawing qualification for the University of the Arts London.
I have been an external examiner at a number of Universities in the UK, and in 2005 was a foundation course consultant at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fu Dan University, China. In 2014 I was a member of the Wimbledon team that conducted a joint UKIERI British Council project exploring drawing and digital Technology in Indian and British Scenography and performance design, with the Sarojini Naidu School of Communications at University of Hyderabad.
In 2015 I chaired the Wimbledon College of Arts organising committee for the exhibition of European performance design held in the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing. This project was organized jointly with the NCPA.
I am currently chair of the group organizing a major conference of European Theatre & Performance design education, (to be held in July 2017) and I am also leading the planning of the international ‘Theatre & Performance Design Education Network’.


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