Faculty Profiles

Dean Gill Coupland
Dean of Visual Communication

Phone: +44 (0) 207 467 5680

Email: gcoupland@aiulondon.ac.uk

Meet Dean Gill Coupland: Managing and Helping Others

Degrees:

  • M.A. in Art and Design, Institute of Education, University of London, 1996
  • First degree in Graphic Design, The Kent Institute, 1970

In the Classroom:

Gill Coupland is Dean of AIU London's Visual Communication Programme.

Out of the Classroom:

Dean Coupland says one of her most hassle-free photo shoots actually involved her art directing a greyhound. "He turned out to be a very good model keeping perfectly still and following instructions absolutely."

In 1989, Dean Gill Coupland started at AIU as a part-time member of the Visual Communication faculty. She already had 15 years of experience in advertising and art directing, working with businesses such as Esso, Typhoo and Tetley tea's, Cadbury's chocolate, Johnson & Johnson toiletries, Courage Breweries, and English Cheese. By 1994, Dean Coupland had decided she liked teaching enough to become a full-time faculty member. (She continued to work in the real world, too, however, maintaining her own design consultancy.) She also became Assistant Programme Chair in 1994.

I see my role as Dean (stemming from my art directing days) as 'managing the talents of others.' The faculty are all highly talented and highly professional, and it is their considerable experience of working in their own businesses and practices that makes the difference in the classroom...- Dean Gill Coupland
Today as Visual Communication Dean, Ms. Coupland spends her time working with the programme's 16 faculty members. "I see my role as Dean (stemming from my art directing days) as 'managing the talents of others.' The faculty are all highly talented and highly professional, and it is their considerable experience of working in their own businesses and practices that makes the difference in the classroom. Supporting of our students in their learning and ambitions is central to everything we do."

But Dean Coupland is just as active with AIU outside of the classroom as inside of it. Twice she has been to India escorting AIU London students on a cultural Study Tour. Each trip has included a visit to the Karjat Village Schools Project. This project was born in 2001 through the initiative of AIU students and faculty. Karjat is about 40 miles from Mumbai and is an agricultural area with over 50 percent of the local people living below poverty level, with little opportunity for education.

Students at AIU London have raised money to upgrade the very basic school buildings in the Karjat region, build wells to provide children with pure drinking water, and to buy desks and library books. Money has been raised at AIU London through ticket sales at fashion shows and donations from exhibitions and media showcases. Dean Coupland will be taking a new group of students to India and to visit Karjat in March 2007. "This has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my time at AIU. Being so closely involved with the people in India, I can honestly say our money is being extremely well spent and is always much appreciated."

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