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Mr James Branch MA MRes FHEA

Programme Leader for MA Communication Design

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James Branch is Programme Leader for the MA Communication Design course at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

I teach in the area of information and interface design, I am a member of the Transforming Creativity Research Group and co-director of the WSAiLab an interactions, prototyping and research space.

My published research has engaged with topics including media and technology in urban spaces, media infrastructures and the role of design practice within research. I am also an external examiner at the University of Northampton and the University of West London.




Research interests

Practice-led research, design ethnography, media and architecture, media infrastructure, creative labour.

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Transforming Creativity Research Group


Branch, James (2014) Mapping the Mast. Journal of Communication Design: Interdisciplinary and Graphic Design Research, 3, (1), n.p. (doi: 10.1080/20557132.2015.1057380)

Conference Papers

Branch, James (2014) Byron Avenue: wireless telephony and the politics of space and communication. Global Culture and Creativity: From Design to Innovation and Enterprise. Winchester, UK, 5–7 November 2014. Southampton: University of Southampton

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and hold a MA in Design for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. I have experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Kingston University, City University and Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute in China.

I have been Programme Leader of the MA Communication Design course since 2013 and I am module convenor for the Design Laboratory and Final Project modules. The Communication Design programme is concerned with how the role of a designer, design practice and theory evolves in the context of digital networked media. The course has a particular focus on understanding users and user needs, practice-led research and encourages critical engagement with societal issues provoked by the changing media landscape.


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Winchester School of Art
Room T1025, Winchester School of Art,
University of Southampton,
Park Avenue,
Hampshire SO23 8DL

Phone: (0)23 8059 27405

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