Senior Lecturer, Department of Digital Design, School of Visual Art & Design
Phone: +64 921 9999 extension 7969
Department of Digital Design
- PhD, Auckland, 2011. Thesis entitled ‘Words & Images That Move: The relationship between text and drawing in the animated film and graphic novel’.
- Post Graduate Certificates in Digital Animation & Visual Effects, Sheridan College, Toronto, Canada, 2001-2002.
- Master of Arts in English Literature (1st Class Hons), Auckland, 1995.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Auckland, 1990.
Memberships and Affiliations:
- SAS (Society for Animation Studies)
- Society for Word & Image Studies
My experience includes:
- Senior Lecturer, Digital Design Department, AUT (Studio and Theory), 2015 - now.
- Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design & Animation (Studio and Theory), Unitec, 2003 - 2014.
- Visiting Professor in Animation Aesthetics, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Portland, Oregon, 2013 & 2011.
- Programme Leader, Graduate Diploma in Digital Animation, Unitec, 2006 - 2008.
- Co-writer, Graduate Diploma in Digital Animation, Unitec, 2005.
- Tutor for students with learning disabilities, Sheridan College, Toronto, 2002.
- Tutor in Children’s & Adolescent Literature, Department of English, University of Auckland, 1996 - 1997.
- Moderating panel, Media Design School’s Bachelor’s programme in Communication, Animation, and Gaming Design.
- External examiner, Elam School of Fine Arts, and Auckland University of Technology.
- Animation & moving image: 2D and 3D, hybridity, stop-motion, animation and fine art relationships, motion graphics, the animated documentary, experimental animation, digital media aesthetics, narrative, the animated installation, phenomenological, cultural and psychoanalytical perspectives.
- New media: digital interactive publications.
- Image and text relationships: in fine arts, illustration, the graphic novel.
Drawing on a background in fine arts, literature, creative writing and film studies, together with training in digital animation and visual effects, Dr Miriam Harris is an award-winning animator. She has had work screened at a variety of international festivals, contributed to the production of both independent and commercial projects, curated animation and moving image exhibitions, and written extensively on areas such as the relationship of animation, moving image, and the graphic novel with fine arts, digital media, narrative, memory, and culture. She is on the editorial board of the international academic journal Animation Practice, Process, and Production edited by UK Professor Paul Wells, and published by Intellect Ltd.
Current Research Projects:
- Co-editor of forthcoming book Experimental Animation: From Analogue to Digital, published by Routledge, UK, 2017.
- Empathy Machine, a collaborative, animation installation with nine international experimental animators exploring patterns of trauma and resilience, Pah Homestead, Auckland, April 12 – May 25.