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Darren Bykerk

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Senior Lecturer in Media Production

I've been working in the TV industry for over 30 years. I joined the University as a part-time member of staff in 2010 after a few years of being a visiting lecturer. I also run my own animation company, IG Media in Gateshead where we produce all manner of animation and visual effects.

In my early career, I trained and started in the north-east, then spent 10 years in London working freelance for the BBC, ITV, MTV, Sky, and Cartoon Network, as well as many independent production companies.

In 2007, I came back to the north-east for the birth of my daughter and started IG Media. We've won several awards and work with many production companies in the north-east and the rest of the UK on productions for CBeebies, CBBC, and ITV, as well as numerous TV adverts.

Teaching and supervision

I am module leader for:

  • MAC282 Digital Effects
  • MED318 Advanced Post-Production
  • MED328 Final Major Project (Dissertation)


My research is focused on current and emerging technologies within the animation and visual effect sector, especially AR and VR.

  • After Effects
  • 3D Max
  • Character Animator
  • Photoshop

Last updated 28 February 2024