Curriculum Vitae

Sam Cooper
Home: Doncaster, South Yorkshire


I am dependable and personable, able to form good rapport and develop constructive and genuine relationships, having a good sense humour and young outlook, while retaining professional standards. A rewarding and successful career in the design and print industry, for over thirty years, enables me to offer a well rounded and in depth range of knowledge and expertise, vital in delivering a comprehensive and informed teaching experience. I would be an invaluable asset to any visual arts department and in Graphic Design in particular, due to my strong work ethic, attention to detail, flexibility and high motivation to succeed.

Creativity & Problem Solving Skills

In my experience the main constituent of graphic design involves creativity and problem solving, skills that are eminently transferrable to teaching:

  • Able to identify, analyse and evaluate tasks efficiently, using effective strategic solutions.
  • Natural, lateral and creative thinking has historically produced practical results.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to review and assess quickly are invaluable qualities.

Human Relations & Communication Skills

The development and maintenance of mutually collaborative and respectful relationships is a priority.

  • As a graphic designer: maintenance of successful customer relations for several years in some instances.
  • As a tutor: good rapport when engaging with younger people, gaining trust while teaching and mentoring college students of all abilities.
  • As a member of staff: supportive, considerate and collaborative with peers and superiors.
  • Demonstrates empathy and good listening skills, particularly aware of non-verbal signals, able to discern subtext and give timely advice or counselling where appropriate.
  • Endeavours to embody and encourage self-belief and positive attitudes.

Time Management & Planning Skills

Working to and meeting deadlines is a constant imperative, ingrained throughout my graphic design career, especially useful while achieving a degree.

  • The management and production of several simultaneous projects, planning, production and completion of specified tasks on time is vital.
  • An instinctive, conscientious and professional work ethic was beneficial during further and higher education and throughout my career.

Technical & Computer Skills

Extensive subject knowledge and experience in traditional graphic design, predominantly 2D printed products. Specialist in layout, typography, colour theory and print ready artwork.

  • Capable of teaching traditional and digital design methods, using appropriate computer systems and software. With particular expertise using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experienced Apple Mac operator.

Education & Qualifications

University Centre Doncaster, High Melton: September 2012June 2015

  • BA (Hons) English: First

The Hub, Doncaster College: September 2010June 2012

  • City & Guilds Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Adult Numeracy

DMIHE Church View Art College, Doncaster: September 1984June 1986

  • BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design

Hungerhill School, Edenthorpe, Doncaster: September 1981June 1984

  • ‘O’ Level: Art & Design, English Language, Geography
  • CSE: English Literature, History, Biology, Mathematics
  • RSA: Typewriting

Teaching Experience

HND Graphic & Digital Design lecturer, University Campus Barnsley:
September 2015 – January 2016

  • Twelve hours student contact per week.
  • Design and implementation of course content
  • One-to-one tutorials and guidance of Level 4 and Level 5 cohort.
  • Formal and informal assessment and feedback.

Graphic Design Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, Doncaster College:
February 2013 – March 2013 (Temporary cover)
September 2012 – December 2012 (Adult night class)
November 2011 – June 2012 (Contract)
September 2010 – October 2011 (Voluntary)

  • Up to nine hours student contact per week.
  • One-to-one tutorials and guidance teaching design theories and basic software techniques.
  • Formal and informal assessment and feedback.
  • Student mentor.

Industry Experience

Self-Employed Graphic Designer, SFC Graphic Design: May 2016present

  • Predominantly design & print for local, small-medium businesses.

Senior Graphic Designer, First Class Design Limited: February 1991January 2010

  • Designed predominantly print-based work, from corporate identity and stationery to exhibitions and product catalogues.
  • Worked closely with clients, some for many years.
  • Purchased IT equipment, software and consumables for the studio.
  • Mentored new employees, supervised colleagues and managed the studio.

Graphic Designer, Apple Tree Print Limited: April 1988December 1990

  • Design, typesetting and making up finished artwork for computer game packaging, manuals, posters and other print based artwork.
  • Worked in the darkroom and assisted with negative and plate making.

Assistant Graphic Designer, DMBC Micro Electronics Project: June 1987April 1988

  • Design and production of artwork for computer game packaging and instruction booklets.

Available on request.

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