Phillip Vaughan

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Course Director (MSc Animation & VFX)


Phillip Vaughan is the Course Director for the MSc Animation & VFX and the MDes Comics & Graphic Novels programmes at the University of Dundee. He is also the creator and coordinator of the Level 3 Comic Art & Graphic Novels module at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. In 2015, he became the Art Director of the Dundee Comics Creative Space.

Phillip has over 20 years’ experience in CGI, working as an Animator and FMV cut-scene Producer. He has worked on high profile licenses such as Braveheart, Star Trek, Deathtrap Dungeon, Urban Chaos, Tom and Jerry, Teletubbies, and Wallace & Gromit, subsequently working as a cut-scene producer for Farscape, a Jim Henson production. He also worked on Brave and the highly successful State of Emergency franchise. Phillip has also worked as a freelance animator and comics creator. He realised a lifelong ambition and worked with the creators of Judge Dredd on a video game project for Digital Animations. Recently he completed all of the animation and front-end work on Superman for DC Comics/Warner Bros, a No.1 selling App on iOS, and also created Bantah Six, with Rossi Gifford (Spirit Leaves), for David (V for Vendetta) Lloyd’s Aces Weekly

He is Co-Investigator on the ESRC funded project: Comic conventions: Words and Pictures: Understanding how people gather information conveyed jointly through text and image in comics. He also co-edits and produces UniVerse Publications titles such as Anthology and The Masters of UniVerse, which publish work by comics students and is the Art Director of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and also DiamondSteel Comics Saltire series.

Research Projects

  • ESRC: Comic conventions: Words and Pictures: Understanding how people gather information conveyed jointly through text and image in comics.

    Funded for 36 months: £358,661

Research outputs

Studies in Comics Issue 4.1:  Journal Article – Ian Kennedy Artist Interview

Vaughan, P. April 2013, p. 15-33 19p. Publisher: Intellect ISSN 2040-3232 (Print); ISSN 2040-3240 (Online) 


San Diego Comic Con 2014: British Comics, Genre, and the Special

Relationship with American Comics. Presented paper on panel at the Comics Arts Conference.


San Diego Comic Con 2016: Graphic Design in British Comics: Logos, Lettering and Legacy. Presented Poster at the Comics Arts Conference.


“Panel: Comics and Games Crossovers”, DiGRA-FDG 2016, The First International Joint Conference of DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) and FDG (Foundation of Digital Games, Dundee, 1-6 August 2016.)


The 2016 International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. Presented Paper: Doomlord: The theme of the Grotesque in Eric Bradbury's Art

Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 July 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University


Editor of Anthology Series: Universe. (Issues 1 to 7)

Anthology showcases the range of creative work from the Comic Art and Graphic Novels module at DJCAD, and the MLitt in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. Graphic novel published by 'UniVerse', an imprint created to provide exposure for the students' work. Vol 1-7. University of Dundee. ISSN: 2051-4174