Staff profile

David McGravie

Head of School of Arts Deputy Dean College of Arts, Humanities and Education

David McGravie


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



Head of School of Arts (subject areas include: Art, Design, Media and Performing Arts)

I am responsible for the delivery of this broad curriculum area, from fine art to fashion, textiles to Interior, graphic design through to illustration, animation to product design.

Teaching responsibilities

I have a background in product design and related fields and I was an early adopter 3D modelling and rapid prototyping and also a keen advocate of the benefits these bring to the wider design process. The integration of digital processes within traditional design has been a key part of my pedagogy and approach to curriculum design.

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


International experience

I have spent a large part of my HE experience working collaboratively with UK, EU and partners overseas in suppprt of TNE.

As such I am a key supporter of TNE in its broadest sense and I have worked extensively in China and Malaysia amongst other countries. Additonally I am well versed in leading and supporting curriculum developments at both UG and PG levels for both UK HEI and for overseas partners.

Blog Posts

art supplies including pencils and paints

David McGravie Head of the School of Arts/Deputy Dean College of Arts, Humanities and Education at the University of Derby, reflects on the diversity international students bring to the UK and the challenges they face.

David McGravie explains why the creative industries are under pressure and why an arts education is important and how it can benefit students.