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James Corazzo

James Corazzo

Principal Lecturer in Graphic Design and Departmental Lead for Learning, Teaching and Assessment


James Corazzo is an educator, designer, and researcher. His design practice focuses on publication work for a range cultural sector clients. He is a Principal Lecturer in Graphic Design and the Department of Art and Design Lead for learning, teaching and assessment. James is currently undertaking a PhD in educational research on the role and importance of the studio in design education.


Educator and designer for over 15 years. James has worked in a number of institutions and taught over 1000 graphic design students (and loved every minute of it). He has worked as an External Examiner at Norwich University of the Arts and Manchester Metropolitan University and acted as an External Panel member for design programmes at Central Saint Martins.

He is the co-founder of Graphic Designer Educators’ Network, the subject association for graphic design, which now has over 350 members from across the UK. He currently sits on the Executive Committee.

James is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Design Research Society. He has a Masters in Graphic Design, Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is currently working on his PhD thesis 'Performing Graphic Design: a socio-material account of the role of the studio in assembling graphic design subjectivities'.

He practices as a designer at, specialising in the design of books and publications for the cultural sector. Clients include; Arts Institute Bournemouth, Dewi Lewis Publishing, FORMAT International Photography Festival, Intellect Books, Quad Gallery. 

His design work and teaching projects have been nominated for various prizes including the Rencontres d’Arles PhotoBook Award, Times Higher Education Awards: Outstanding Employer Engagement Initiative of the Year and been featured in Creative Review.

Specialist areas of interest

Graphic Design
Graphic Design Education
The Studio
Publication design
Actor-Network Theory and post-humanist theories


Subject area

Visual Communication


BA (Hons) Graphic Design


Graphic Design in Context


Mapping Graphic Design Research
This CHEAD and ADRC funded collaborative project began in early 2017. It uses keyword searches to data mine the REF2014 outputs from the UoA 34 to identify the research themes and types of output submitted by the graphic design community. In particular, this body of research work responds to the REF2014 subpanel report claims that “the intellectual and theoretical underpinning of graphic and communication design was thought to be generically weak”.

Studio Inside. Studio Outside
Practice-led investigation of the disciplinary histories, appearances and practices of two educational studio sites: graphic design and fine art.

Performing Graphic Design
A socio-material account of the role of the studio in assembling graphic design subjectivities.


Key Publications

Burns, J., Corazzo, J., Hardie, K., Harland, R., & Raven, D. (2015). Graphic Design Educators' Network: Re-establishing the purpose and value of a graphic design subject association. Arts, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 14 (2), 199-205.

Corazzo, J. (2015). Designing the discipline : the role of the curriculum in shaping students’ conceptions of graphic design. Proceedings of Learn x Design 2015: DRS / CUMULUS The 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers.

Harland, R., Corazzo, J., Gwilt, I., Honnor, A., & Rigley, S. (2018). Graphic design research: a cause for the concerned. DRS 2018, 2811-2821.

Corazzo, J. (2019). Materialising the Studio. A systematic review of the role of the material space of the studio in Art, Design and Architecture Education. The Design Journal, 1249-1265.

Corazzo, J., Harland, R., Honnor, A., & Rigley, S. (2019). The challenges for graphic design in establishing an academic research culture: lessons from the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The Design Journal.

Corazzo, J., & Gharib, L. (2021). Everyday routines and material practices in the design studio: why informal pedagogy matters. Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 26 (4), 144-164.

Corazzo, J. (2020). In the midst of things: a spatial account of teaching in the design studio. Research & Education in Design: People & Processes & Products & Philosophy, 93-100.

Journal articles

Corazzo, J. (2019). CRITS: a student Manual, by Terry Barrett. Design Journal, 1-4.

Corazzo, J. (2016). Communication Design: Insights from the Creative Industries (Book Review). Arts, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 15 (1), 103-104.

Corazzo, J. (2012). An active form of surrender: teaching in higher education. Networks, 17.

Corazzo, J. (2010). A design agency goes back to college; A new model for collaboration. Icograda.

Conference papers

Corazzo, J. (2022). Studio through studio: A diffractive reading of the educational design studio. DRS Conference Proceedings.

Corazzo, J. (2019). Sofa Pedagogy. In Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference: Connected Curriculum, Sheffield Hallam University, 9 September 2019. Sheffield Hallam University

Corazzo, J. (2019). Spaces of comfort and discomfort in the graphic design studio. In Graphic Design Educators’ Network Annual Conference: Time and Space, University of West of England, 5 September 2019 - 6 September 2019.

Corazzo, J., Shaw, B., & Harrington, J. (2017). Studio inside, studio outside: Elasticity. In ELIA: Exploring Elasticity in Teaching and Learning in the Arts, Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London, 5 July 2017 - 7 July 2017.

Corazzo, J. (2016). Here be dragons: students’ accounts of mapping graphic design and the expanded field. In GLAD – Pedagogic Research Network Symposium 2016, Coventry University, 7 June 2016.

Corazzo, J. (2016). Graphic design students’ conceptions of the discipline in an era of expanded design. In Graphic Design Educators' Network Pedagogic Research Symposium, Loughborough University, 20 April 2016.

Corazzo, J., & Levick-Parkin, M. (2013). ‘The importance of being idle : making the case for creative spaces in art and design education’. In Higher Education Arts and Humanities Conference, Brighton, 5 May 2013 - 6 May 2013.

Corazzo, J., & Price, S. (2012). Feasible Utopias in graphic design education. In Alt/Shift:UAL University of the Arts, London, London, 2012.

Book chapters

Corazzo, J., & Price, S. (2014). Feasible utopias in graphic design education. In Martinez, Y., & Trees, J. (Eds.) Thought experiments in graphic design education. London: Books from the future:


Corazzo, J. (2017). Graphic design education: mediating a multiplicity of practice(s). Presented at: Exploring Territories: The Changing Landscape of Art & Design Higher Education’, Manchester, 2017

Corazzo, J. (2017). The Photobook Multiple. Presented at: The Photobook, Sheffield Hallam University

Corazzo, J., & Raven, D. (2016). Mapping graphic design practice & pedagogy. Presented at: Exploring Territories: mapping the terrain of graphic design education Cardiff Metropolitian University 8—9 September 2016, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2016

Corazzo, J., & Price, S. (2012). Redesigning (Graphic) Design Education Conference. Presented at: Redesigning (Graphic) Design Education Conference, University of Derby, Markeaton Street, Derby, England, DE22 3AW

Other activities

Co-founder and Treasurer of the Graphic Design Educators’ Network

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