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I am a visiting research professor in the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot Watt University. I have previously managed MA programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University, Glasgow School of Art, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UCE), Duncan of Jordanstone College (Dundee University) and contributed to the setting up of the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). I have been conducting research into the role of drawing in the design process since the mid 1980s and have published widely in conference proceedings and in refereed journals.  My book 'Drawing in the Design Process:Characterizing Industrial and Educational Practice' was published by Intellect Books in 2016. The Drawing Research Group in the School of Textiles and Design has been set up under my leadership to foster academic research and publishing in the area of drawing research for textile design, manufacture and education.


  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Drawing in the Design Process, Graphic Design,Textiles Design

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Research Output 2011 2018

Constructive copying: Exploring the vocabulary

Schenk, P. & Parker, M. 21 May 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Art and Design Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

technical language

The eloquent line: drawing for bespoke stagewear

Schenk, P. & Coburn, T. M. 2018 (Submitted) In : Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Line Drawing
Creative Thinking
Fashion Designer

A Dialogue between Fashion Designer and Client: Drawing for LAW

Coburn, T. M. & Schenk, P. Jul 2017 In : TRACEY.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
educational practice
technological progress
educational institution
research project

Inspiration and Ideation: Drawing in a Digital Age

Schenk, P. Apr 2014 In : Design Issues. 30, 2, p. 42-55 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Visual communication
Digital storage
Data storage equipment