Michael Dancer 1st Class BA (Hons) Degree, The Glasgow School of Art 1987. Post Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design, The Glasgow School of Art 1988

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Lecturer in Visual Communication


School of Design


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Michael Dancer

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Michael Dancer

Michael works with Year 1 students within the Department of Communication Design. Key values in his teaching practice are: introducing students to thinking through making, asking them to consider new technologies alongside traditional ones, introducing rigorous self-criticism, enhancing the benefits of working collaboratively as well as independently, illustrating an informed knowledge of context and audience, understanding the evolving relationship between designer and society. Nurture is important in Year 1 as students begin to establish where their future creativity lies. The Year 1 Study Trip to London is an opportunity for students to visit organisations and practitioners who produce work that inspires. Michael has organised visits to a number of highly regarded studios including: The Association of Illustrators, Pentagram, Field, Build, A Practice for Everyday Life, The Partners, Graphic Thought Facility, It’s Nice That, Made Thought, Fuel, HEART Illustration Agency, Hellicar & Lewis and Tomato. Michael shares a passion for traditional print and typography combined with a strong sense of history, craft and experience with a dynamic, relevant and exploratory approach to art and design communications.

Michael works as academic lead on the Singapore Immersion Programme building a student experience that invites students to challenge familiar working processes and introduce new ones. The programme brings together like minded people, sharing knowledge and energy from around the world. It is an opportunity to learn with and from people of different disciplines within Communication Design and cultural backgrounds. The content of the Singapore Immersion Programme is determined by a spirit of experimentation complemented by guest lecturers and workshop activities. The students from Glasgow and Singapore build their own community by contributing their interests and specialities over a three week duration. An important aim is to develop stronger links in the curriculum with GSA Singapore and using the Singapore Immersion Programme as a platform to introduce innovative content in the GSA Singapore student experience.