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Plymouth College of Art appoints Frédérique Santune for Graphic Communication

With specialisms that include print, web and interactive motion design, Frédérique has worked on projects in the Louvre, France's National Centre of Immigration History and across the UK and Europe.

Plymouth College of Art has appointed designer, educator and researcher Frédérique Santune as a Senior Lecturer in its School of Design + Communication, leading BA (Hons) Graphic Communication and Subject Tutor for MA Visual Communication.

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Photo by Alex Rogers

With more than 20 years of experience in print, web and interactive motion design in studios, agencies and working as a freelancer in France and the UK, within her personal practice Frédérique specialises in creating graphics for social, artistic and cultural facilitation. This has included working on collaborative projects in institutions such as the Louvre, the world's most-visited museum, France’s National Centre of Immigration History, and helping to establish the first digital iteration of Museomix in the UK, an annual international open-source cultural ‘makeathon’ that mixes technical and cultural skills for museums, companies, start-ups, communities and the general public. Most recently, she contributed (with former Plymouth College of Art graphic design lecturers Neil Leonard and Andrew Way) to Bloomsbury’s ‘Web and Digital for Graphic Designers’, a complete overview of designing for the web which is used to teach graphic design at Higher Education institutions around the world.

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Teaching at Plymouth College of Art

Frédérique has collaborated on international projects that have exhibited across Europe, the USA, Brazil and China. With BA (Hons) and MA qualifications in Graphic and Interactive Design from ESAD Amiens, alongside experience working as a researcher at ARI (Interactive Research Workshop) at L'École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsSAD) Paris. Frédérique is currently working toward a PhD about the digital poetry experience.

Frederique said: “I’m passionate about the exchange of knowledge. In my personal practice, the projects that have excited me most always come back to this concept. I’ve collaborated multiple times with Ramuntcho Matta, a French producer, sound designer and visual artist. In our work together he’ll come to me with an image or a concept to refine and together we’ll bounce ideas back and forth. This might lead to a series of images, a music video, an interactive website… I enjoy the freedom to help artists to represent their ideas and identities.”

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Exhibition Sens dessus dessous at Maison de la Pierre du Sud de l'Oise by Frédérique Santune

“Equally exciting is the transfer of knowledge that becomes possible when you design for pedagogical purposes, for example working with museums and helping them to increase engagement with their artefacts and make information accessible and inclusive. Working in design gives me a platform to promote cultural curiosity.”

“These are the values that I want to impart on students at Plymouth College of Art. Working as part of a cosmopolitan network of graphic communicators, I want students to see that as graduates they could work in fields such as branding and advertising, but they’ll also have the problem-solving skills to work in so many other areas. From things like scenography and motion graphics, our graduates might go on to design for entertainment, working on music videos, Hollywood film credits and data visualisation, or they might design for the exchange of knowledge, using their specialist skills to transcend cultural and language barriers. By working together in cross-disciplinary, cross-media ways, the fields of graphic communication and graphic design are broader now than they’ve ever been before.”

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4 Weeks at the Louvre

Peter Barker, Head of Plymouth College of Art’s School of Design + Communication, said: “We are proud to appoint Frédérique to this important post. She brings a depth of intellectual knowledge and her distinguished practice to bear on the leadership of our newly re-launched BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course.”

To find out more about BA (Hons) Graphic Communication and MA Visual Communication at http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/ you can visit the next on campus Open Day on Saturday 15 January 2022.