Technician of the Year for Art and Design
Stephen Calcutt began his career at the University of Huddersfield in 2001, shortly after graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration with Animation. His first full-time position was as Library Computing Officer, and in 2004 he took up the post of CAD/IT Technician within the School of Art, Design and Architecture – and has worked in the School ever since.
During his time as CAD/IT Technician he has delivered a wide range of technical workshops and software demonstrations as well as provided one-to-one support to students in order to help them realise their project ideas. Stephen’s specialisms are predominantly in graphics, illustration and video, and while these skills are regularly put to practical use in assisting students, he also uses them to contribute to a wide range of School-led research and marketing projects. For example, Stephen filmed and produced the Costume Design Graduate Show and also the School’s externally-facing research program ‘ROTOR’.
Throughout his career as CAD/IT Technician Stephen has been continually looking to engage with new artistic working practices, particularly those relating to technology, and in 2011 he gained a Master’s with Distinction in Media Arts. Stephen’s research in the area of interactive, robotic art has been embedded into the workshops that he delivers, particularly in the area of Contemporary arts and also the development of a new area of investigation for the School relating to responsive textiles.
In September 2013 Stephen was appointed Technical Support Manager for the School’s CAD/IT team and shortly after made Technical Manager Coordinator across all of the School’s technical resource.
Technical Support Manager
University of Huddersfield