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David Barnett

BA Graphic Design Communication Senior Lecturer
Chelsea College of Arts
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David  Barnett


David Barnett is a Digital Scenographer and Graphic Designer. He is interested in moving image, theatrical and interactive space.

Barnett has been deeply involved in both academic and technical teaching at Chelsea College of Arts for many years. Outside this context, he has led workshops, undertaken commissions and residencies for many arts organisations.

His approach is highly collaborative, and he enjoys developing new hybrid modes of working with others as both a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graphic designer. His design work spans commercial freelance design, theatrical and arts practice. He has worked with a number of collaborators over the years including Bruce McLean on ’A Cut, Scratch and a Score’, which was shortlisted for the Venice Biennale - Scottish Pavilion 2013.

Since 2000 he has been working with students at Chelsea College of Arts on the BA Graphic Design Communication course. This role has encompassed academic teaching - Course Leader 2015 - 2021, running the third year from 2016-20 and co-leading the second year in 2014-15.

Previously he was a specialist technical tutor in print design, moving image, digital and design process. He also led several key course design projects on a regular basis such at D&AD New Blood and the exhibition design unit. He has also facilitated course industry projects with a variety companies including the BBC, Apple, Ministry of Sound, VF (The North Face/Vans/Eastpak), SKY, BBH, Spring Studios and Tate Britain.

Barnett graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Scenographic Design. He also studying at Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst (Zurich). He has a PGCert from UAL.

He won a White Square Teaching Award in 2013 and a Teaching and Learning Exchange Teaching Award in 2016.


BA Graphic Design Communication