Julia Lockheart’s research interests focus on writing in creative practice; collaborative writing as a tool for design teams; storytelling and design; drawing dreams (DreamsID.com); and embedding writing practices across the art and design curriculum. She is a specialist in the use of writing in design and runs modules and workshops at M level. She focuses on how those with visual spatial abilities, such as dyslexia, can use their design skills to create strongly communicative texts. Julia is co-founder of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design Network (Writing-PAD) and co-founder and co-editor (with Emeritus Professor John Wood) of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (JWCP), published by Intellect Books. She is currently External Evaluator at Salford University to Critical and Contextual Studies for the Graphic Design, 3D Practice, Photography and Fashion Image Making and Styling Courses. Julia is an experienced educator and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and Manufacturing (FRSA). She works internationally as a consultant on developing a language of practice for the design curriculum for the Iceland Academy of Arts, the Design Department at Linnaeus University, Sweden, and the theoretical component across M Level in Arkitektur og designhøgskolen i Oslo (AHO), Norway.
Julia runs modules and workshops at M level on collaborative writing as a tool for design teams. For the past five years, Julia has taught the Design Languaging half-module. This offers students a chance to articulate their practice through story structures. These are taught as designable ways to communicate practice, materials and outcomes. Students explore storytelling by performing a collaborative story and then writing a reflective text explaining the story structure and its designed impact on the audience.