William Bishop-Stephens

Programme Leader

Art, Animation, Teaching

Department of Media, Fashion & Communications , School of Arts and Creative Industries

Will Bishop-Stephens is an award-winning animation director and writer.

Areas Of Interest

  • Art
  • Animation
  • Teaching
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Will Bishop-Stephens is an award-winning animation director and writer.

A graduate of the RCA MA Animation, with a Fine Art degree from Winchester School of Art, he is a sophisticated craftsman - a multi-disciplinary artist, integrating fine art, digital media and engineering practices which build on his background in sculpture, collaborative practice and publishing. Comedy and absurdity are core to his work and he has worked collaboratively with musicians and comedians for the past 20 years. Clients include the BBC and NHS.  

He shares his creative ethos leading a BA Animation course at University of East London, as a visiting lecturer at University for Creative Arts and the Royal College of Art where he is inspiring a new generation of creatives and filmmakers including BAFTA Award winners. He has been invited to be a consultant at Blink Studios, a judge at the London International Animation Festival amongst others and external examiner roles at the University of Bedfordshire and at the University of Falmouth.  

His latest bilingual film, co-directed with collaborator Christopher Eales, was selected for Sundance and is still being screened internationally, as well as achieving a coveted Vimeo 'Staff Pick'.  He is currently working on exhibitions and installations of animation and sculpture and a new film.

External roles

  • External Examiner, BA Animation Art programme at Puttnam School of Film and Animation, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore 


BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation

You'll get the opportunity to develop a practice which blurs the line between animation and illustration, something that has become more common in industry.

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  • AD4600 Animation & Illustration Studio Practice
  • AD4601 Animation & Illustration Workshop Practice
  • AD5600 Animation & Illustration Studio Practice 2
  • AD6600 Animation & Illustration Studio Practice 3