Rachel Larkum

Course Leader/Senior Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Illustration, drawing and book art , Graphic design and typography , Animation

Courses taught: Animation and Illustration

With over 25 years of experience working within the creative industries, Rachel's experience ranges from 2D animation, 3D computer animation, interactive work and design. Working in a variety of disciplines within animation from children’s TV to computer games, interactives and design, Rachel continues to combine her lecturing on the Illustration and Animation course at ARU with freelancing, and is currently working for the rail industry.



Rachel originally trained in Illustration and Animation at Edinburgh College of Art and then completed an MA in Animation at the Royal College of Art. Her experience in animation ranges from working as a 2D animator in London and Sydney, Australia, for children’s television, to working as a 3D animator for children’s TV for ITV, to working in games for Sony Computer Entertainment, London, to animating on interactives for Cartoon Network. Her freelance work has also resulted in commissions from The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Channel 4 and The Body Shop.

Rachel has also taught at art schools throughout the UK, including London College of Communication, Cambridge School of Visual Performing Arts, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Norwich School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, London South Bank University, Greenwich University and University of Suffolk. She is now External Examiner on the BA 3D Animation and Games at Middlesex University.

Research interests

  • Animation
  • Motion graphics
  • Graphic design


  • Module leader on Animation Practice, Animation Skills, Computer Generated Imagery and Sequential Structures and Contexts
  • Teaching on Animation Practice, Animation Skills, Computer Generated Imagery, Sequential Structures and Contexts and Professional Sequential Practice


  • BA (Hons) Graphics and Illustration - Edinburgh College of Art
  • MA Animation - Royal College of Art
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education UAL