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London College of Communication

Penny Hilton

Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) and MA Graphic and Media Design
London College of Communication
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Penny Hilton is a filmmaker and academic, and is a Senior Lecturer for Graphic and Media Design courses at London College of Communication.

Penny specialises in moving image, teaching on both BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design and MA Graphic Media Design at LCC. She divides her time between lecturing at LCC and her own professional practice.

Penny’s career spans film, advertising, TV production, documentary and graphic design. She has a strong track record of tackling complex issues with clarity and creativity. Her production company Mobile Projects has produced high impact work on domestic violence, disability and integration, and she has also worked for major broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4, Nickelodeon and Viacom.

In 2014 Penny curated Future Graphics at the Victoria & Albert Museum for the London Design Festival, screening 28 films designed and directed by students and staff on the MA Graphic Moving Image course she led from 2009 – 2015.

Penny is also the chief instigator of the Visual Rhetoric project, a collaboration between LCC and The London School of Economics that explores and challenges the value of graphic design within social science. She continues to work at the LSE as a consultant, running workshops supporting staff and students to develop film to maximise the impact of their research.

She has recently been commissioned to write a book distilling much of her teaching – an illustrated exploration into the relationship between graphic design and moving image. Drawing on design principles and film grammar to provide an unparalleled look at how these two disciplines merge, the book includes work from renowned filmmakers and exemplary outputs from a range of sources that represent early exploration in this area.

Penny’s other research interests are around the link between moving image and mental health. Through a series of live projects, Penny’s research asks if specifically designed film could have a direct impact on stress and anxiety. Recently working with the Maudsley, she produced a series of animated films for medical research investigating what factors might affect mood and encourage a change in behaviour.

Penny is keen to link with psychologists and neuroscientists who might be interested in exploiting this medium to enhance academic practice, develop recovery tools or challenge stigma and discrimination through increased understanding.

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View the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design course page

View the MA Graphic Media Design course page