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

I’ve loved animation since I was a kid, and still spend my spare time absorbed in it. Now I’m older I want to create things my little boy can enjoy, and it’s great to be able to do that. I’m basically a big animation geek.


I have wide ranging Animation and Games Industry experience. I have worked as a 2D/3D Animator, Compositor, Character Designer and Storyboard Artist for animated series and commercials 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