Dean of Arts University Bournemouth

Dean of Arts University Bournemouth

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Prof. Jeffrey Baggott

Dean – Faculty of Media and Performance

B.A.(Fine Art) M.A. RCA (F&TV)



Professor Baggott studied at the former Loughborough College of Art and at the Royal College of Art (RCA). His first job was as Programme Manager at the Derby Playhouse.
He has substantial experience in media production both as an academic and as a practitioner. He joined Channel 4 in 1982 as a Programme Consultant, Producer and Film maker and then moved on to become Director of The New Cinema Workshop in Nottingham before taking up the role of Film, Video and Broadcasting Officer at East Midlands Arts.
His performance work includes four years with the National Youth Theatre and a number of acting roles for stage and television, including the Award-winning BBC series ‘Wednesday Play’.
He has a sound knowledge of the specialist HE sector; between 1998 and 2008 he served as an External Examiner to a number of institutions including Napier University, University of the Arts London, De Montfort University and Salford University.
At Sheffield Hallam University, he shaped a large department encompassing Film and Media Production, Animation, Photography and Communication Studies delivering a portfolio of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate research levels.  He also negotiated key sponsorship on behalf of Sheffield Hallam University of the influential Sheffield International Documentary Festival as well as being their representative in the co-location of his department within the Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter.
With a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Film and Television Studies from The Royal College of Art Jeff has a range of experience both as a practicing cinematographer and producer and as an advocate for the place of independent filmmaking both in industry and the academy. His production credits include The Eleventh Hour for Channel 4 and Magic Hour, a film trilogy on and about the history of television. Jeff was a founder member of The Independent Filmakers Association and was a member of The Skillset Advisory Committee for Higher Education; Jeff has contributed to The Journal of Media Practice and has participated in workshops and conferences on public understanding of science. Continuing his practice in cinematography and production he is currently working on a research proposal which engages the scientific community in an enquiry into notions of ‘synthetic realism ‘in the representation of science practice.

Research and professional practice projects include:
Autism – Building Bridges. Video/DVD project in association with The Resource and The National Autistic Association.
This Little Life. Documentary on the making of major BBC/Film Council feature film to be developed as a DVD learning resource.
Visioning Nanotechnologies. Consultancy research project in association with Sheffield University Physics department and funded by EPSRC (Research Council)
Visualising Science. Research project submitted to Arts and Humanities Research council and  EPSRC
‘ My Exhibition’. Co-investigator for major research project investigating personalised exhibition and affect in design.


  • EPSRC, Public Understanding of Science award: “Nanotechnology: Moving from Fantasy to Reality”, P.I. Prof R.A.L. Jones. Dept. Physics University of Sheffield (£96,000)

Research Specialism

Continuing investigations into  cinematic strategies and practices used to represent and illustrate subjects which cannot be observed or experienced first hand or which disallow conventional methods of cinematic construction.