John Burns

John BurnsCourse Director and Assistant Professor in MA Illustration and Animation


John has had animation work shown at the Astrium Space Technology Conference, Space Room, The Science Museum, London Oct 2010 and at Farnborough Airshow between 2007-2009. He has had exhibitions in Blackburn, The Lake District, Birmingham (MAC), Bath, Wardour Street, London, Frankfurt, and Paris individually and within groups.

John has also had research and practice work published online in Screenworks website, Intellect publisher and Bristol University 2007; TRACEY Online Journal of Drawing, Loughborough University 2009; and won prizes with work for Re-Animate, animation festival and exhibition, Oriel-Davies Galleries, Powys 2010. John is also the producer and director of animated and printed material in support of the Cogent Computing Group, School of Engineering, Coventry University including ‘Daisies on Mars’ and Remote Sensing films and publication.


  • 2006, Certificate, Beginner and Intermediate Chinese Language Studies, Coventry University
  • 2001, P.G.C.E., Teaching and Learning Certificate, Coventry University
  • 1993, Certificate, Wavefront Technologies, Santa Barbara, USA
  • 1989, M.A., Electronic Graphics, Coventry University
  • 1984, Advanced Diploma, Technical Communication and Illustration, Blackpool and Fylde College
  • 1975, Certificate, Foundation studies, Blackburn College

Selected outputs

  • Burns, J. (2006) Farnborough air show satellite animation. [Film], UK: Oxygen Production Company
  • Burns, J., Gaura, E., Mount, S., Newman, R.M., and Woodcock, A. (2005) 'Delivering Difficult Concepts using Visual Representations'. In Contemporary Ergonomics. Taylor and Francis, 122-124
  • Burns, J., De, M., Gaura, E., Jevremovich, A., Mount, S., Newman, B., Raad, J., Woodcock, A., Zechan, A., and Zheng, S. (2005) Animating Pervasive Computing. [DVD], UK: Coventry University
  • Burns, J. (2005) British Gas training academy promotional animated video. [Film], UK: British Gas
  • Burns, J. (2000) Drawing Parallels [group exhibition]. Held Jan-Mar 2000 in Lanchester Gallery, UK
  • Burns, J. (2000) Art Expo 2000. Held 2000 in Hannover, Germany
  • Burns, J. (1998) Art Expo 98. Held 1998 in Barcelona, Spain
  • Burns, J. (1997) Rationale for the local treatment of traveller's food poisoning. [Film], UK: Smith-Klein Beecham
  • Burns, J. (1997) Illustrating the uses of chemi-luminescence in detection of bacterial infection. [Film], UK: Johnson and Johnson
  • Burns, J. (1996) Amsterdam Biotechnology Centre. [Film], USA: Unilever Multimedia Products
  • Burns, J (1996) Tramadol (information video). [Film], Germany: Grunenthal GMBH
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