Staff Profiles: Ian Friend

Ian Friend

Staff Profile: Ian Friend
Senior Lecturer in 3D Animation and VFX

Ian Friend

Ian Friend

Senior Lecturer in 3D Animation and VFX

Film and Television


Ian has changed his skills many times to progress through his animation career, and prides himself on teaching his students to be adaptable so they’ll always be in demand for the best jobs.


Ian started his career as a storyboard artist on one of the UK’s first computer generated productions, and went on to work on projects like Tweenies, Jellykins and Frankenstein’s Cat for companies such as Sony, BBC, Channel 4, Dreamworks and Fox Kids.


Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) Animation University of South Wales 1998


Aardman Academy: Lecturer Development Programme

Membership of professional bodies

HEA Fellow

Teaching and research


Undergraduate, Postgraduate

External responsibilities

Professional positions

External examining

University of Wales Trinity Saint David