We believe you should learn from people with extensive experience of both teaching and working in the design and visual arts sector.
So our tutors are all industry professionals and experts in their field, who have studied creative subjects at degree level and higher. They specialise in a range of disciplines, including fine art, fashion, textiles, digital photography, jewellery and ceramics. Many are still practicing artists, makers and designers, who regularly create new and innovative work within their own discipline.
And they pride themselves on fostering a supportive atmosphere where students can master techniques and allow their own unique talents to shine.
Stuart Steen Assistant Principal - Creative Industries
Stuart is passionate about developing staff and students and their ability to become successful in whatever they do. He manages a team of experts across the Creative Industries department that are experts in their field and is focused on ensuring our students develop the best possible knowledge and skills to equip and prepare them for their chosen career.
Maria Foran - Head of Department
Maria taught Visual Arts courses across the campuses for 14 years before becoming our Head of Department in 2019. Initially graduating in Textile Design, she played a lead role in founding the ground-breaking collaborative project, Future Creatives with Manchester Art Gallery, which our students now benefit from each year.
Bettina Halpern - Department Team Leader
Bettina has been a tutor at The Manchester College for over 18 years and became Department Team Leader in 2019. Through outstanding teaching, she’s guided hundreds of students to achieve some of the best results in the UK and assisted their progression to either employment or top universities. Bettina is a printmaker with expertise in screen printing, intaglio printing and experimental practice.
Marie Roberts - Department Team Leader
Marie possesses over 20 years’ experience in Further Education. She is passionate about supporting students to achieve to their full potential by challenging them to aim higher and to develop the skills needed to progress to the next level, apprenticeships, Higher Education or employment.
Harry Potts - Photography Tutor
Before teaching, Harry had a successful 24 year career as a press and commercial photographer with Manchester Evening News Media. Harry has recently completed his MA in Photography and published a critically acclaimed book ‘The Big Front Room’, centred around Manchester. He is the creator of the department’s landmark photography project, ‘Greater Mancunians’, which has seen students photographing some of the key people who have culturally shaped our city.
Sadie Blythin - Designer
In order to equip students to confidently apply themselves both academically and practically, Sadie’s teaching expertise covers a broad range of key industry areas from ideas generation and planning, 3d design and fabrication using a range of materials, through to critical and contextual knowledge and understanding. Sadie is a member of the Manchester Jewellers Network and founding member of Crafters Inc. collective. She has strong industry links and as an award-winning designer and maker has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has featured in a number of publications and has most recently been part of the Makers Project, an action research initiative.
Ian Cale - Tutor
Ian Cale studied painting at the Norwich School of Art and graduated in 1991. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and has maintained a balance between his role as a tutor in Fine Art and that of his own practice as a visual artist. His work, focusing on visible signs of conflict in former East Germany, has led to a huge archive of photographs, paintings, large scale observational drawings and the collection and classification of found objects. Stephen Farnworth Tutor Stephen specialises in fine art having studied at Lancaster University.
He has worked at The Manchester College for over 17 years and is passionate about enhancing the student experience for those studying Art and Design. He enjoys nurturing the talent of our students to encourage them to evolve in their self-confidence, motivation, vision and passion for the subject matter as they embark on their own artistic journey.
Lara Norris - Tutor
Lara specialises in socially engaged arts practice and her work challenges the social and political landscape. As well as teaching across all levels of art and design in the College, she also runs Glitterfish Productions, a community arts organisation. Through her network of schools and community organisations she is able to generate valuable work experience collaborations for our students.
Nat Quinn - Tutor
Nat joined the Visual Arts Team in 2022. He is a mixed media artist and works predominantly in ceramics and painting. Nat studied Fine Art at Northumbria University and an MA Glass and Ceramics at Sunderland University. Nat exhibits widely in the UK and internationally, and is a multi-award winning artist including winning Best New Ceramics Graduate – Potclays Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2021.
Eunhyuk Choi - Tutor
Eunhyuk has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, and is a multi-award winning artist and designer, including winning the Silver Award from The Goldsmith’s Craftsmanship and Design Awards in 2013. He studied a BFA in Metal Design at the College of Design Hanyang University in Korea before graduating with an MA In Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalworks and Jewellery from the Royal College of Art.