Alumni: Dan W Jacobs

Animator and Director Dan Jacobs graduated in 2012 from Manchester School of Art specialising in 2D animation with an emphasis on traditional hand drawn techniques. Recent work for Virgin: A history of Virgin in 114 seconds, and the BBC with Classic ‘Doctor Who’ on the History Channel.

Showreel 2016 from Dan W Jacobs on Vimeo.

Dan W Jacobs website

Alumni: David Dean

David graduated from the course in 1999 back when we were in Cavendish Building and I was in my first period as a lecturer on the course. The working method began in these studios with a clear focus on the narrative colourful and decorative aspects of illustration. A large part of Davids final show was made up of depictions of Indian short stories.

These were seen by artists agent Lorraine Owen at the Organisation at the London show i 1999 and David has  been with them ever since.

His career has developed across a wide range of publications including a highly successful ‘World Atlas’ print and App project for Barefoot Books.

Agent: The Organisation

Children Illustrators Profile

Alumni: Helen Hancocks

Helen graduated in 2011 from the course and developed her career over the next two years working on her first picture book ‘Penguin in Peril’ published 2013. It was the UK’s best selling debut picture book that year and has gone on to been nominated for a host of awards.

This was followed up by the equally successful ‘William and the Missing Masterpiece’ and the very recent ‘William Heads to Hollywood’.

Further information:

Helen Hancocks on Twitter 

Alumni: Thomas Hartnett O’Meara


In 2016 Tom returned to Manchester School of Art to run an animation workshop with Foundation Diploma students, back where he began his own career in 2008.

Thomas stayed in Manchester after Foundation progressing to the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation programme, graduating in 2012. Subsequently progressing to the Royal College of Art, where he studied for two years developing his work with moving image and model making on the MA in Animation – completing this course in 2015.

Tom went on to win the Blink Award: Passion Pictures Award in 2015 for his short film ‘I’m Good with Plants’

You can see more of Thomas’s work on the following links:

Website –

Blog –

Moving image – Vimeo

Alumni: Andrew Singleton

Andrew is a paper artist and illustrator based in Wakefield, England. He studied Illustration with Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2006.

Andrew has exhibited widely including the City Art Gallery Manchester and undertaken commissions for International clients including Harrods, Hermes and Liberty in London.

Represented by Central Illustration Agency London

© Andrew Singleton ‘Anatomic’ 2015

Bradford Pit Project


A really interesting briefing today with ex Manchester School of Art, 3D Design student Lauren Murphy, talking about her work establishing the Bradford Pit project. This is a forgotten part of the history of East Manchester, now erased from sight by the National Velodrome, Ethiad Stadium and surrounding developments. Within living memory this was a huge working Colliery first established in 1797 with tunnels extending right across Manchester, closing in the mid 60’s after 350 years of production.

Lauren has helped create an aural history project around surviving miners, of which her Grandfather was one. Lauren has also won an award through the Manchester Histories Festival for her work in the community as an art practitioner and been featured in a profile on the project by the BBC. The plan now is to create a permanent memorial and archive in both the locality and at Manchester Central Libraries Archive +.

Students across Graphic Design, 3D and Illustration with Animation have been asked to respond and pitch ideas for an exhibition at Beswick Library in June 2016 to coincide with the next Manchester Histories Festival. This invites collaboration across many levels and not least engagement with a well articulated need for a community to reconnect the future with the past.

Background information is on the website:

Ian Whadcock