Professor Alan Male
Emeritus Professor of Illustration
Professor Alan Male is an illustrator, writer and academic. He directed the Illustration course at Falmouth between 1993 and 2010, during which time it developed an international reputation for excellence, and a multidisciplinary curriculum that underpinned employability. Under his leadership, the annual third year professional practice visit to New York agents and publishers was established, contributing to the strong ties with and praise from industry that the course continues to enjoy today.
Conferred Professor of Illustration in 2009 and promoted to the University Professoriate in 2010, Professor Male was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Illustration on his retirement from teaching at Falmouth University in 2015, in recognition of his significant contribution to the discipline.
Professor Male has lectured throughout the United States and is a keynote speaker on the international stage. An authority on communication and cultural studies, professional practice, science and knowledge bearing imagery, he contributes widely to debates across a range of journals, conferences, magazines and learned papers.
Professor Male is the author of Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective (2007, and revised 2nd edition by Bloomsbury, 2017), an acclaimed undergraduate and postgraduate textbook so far published in 30 languages, and Illustration: Meeting the Brief (Bloomsbury, 2014). Professor Male is also editor of The Companion Guide to Illustration (Wiley Blackwell USA, 2018), to be published worldwide, a 270,000 word benchmark reference volume with a remit to set the agenda for the future of the discipline. His latest book is titled The Power and Influence of Illustration (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Professor Male has worked internationally across the advertising and publishing industries and has illustrated more than 170 books. He has won numerous awards including Gold from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and a 'Texas Bluebonnet' for Children's Books. He has exhibited internationally and has work in New York State Museum's permanent collection, where he has three time won the critically acclaimed Focus on Nature Jury Award.
Professor Male's research covers both theory and practice, the latter exemplified as an interface between science and visual art. It focusses on the creation and interpretation of new knowledge related to evolution and 'palaeo-ecology'. He has collaborated internationally, notably with Yale University. Professor Male was elected a Member of the Society of Illustrators (New York) in 1996, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (London) in 1986 and has a research higher degree from the Royal College of Art.