Distinguished filmmaker and senior academic to become new Pro Vice-Chancellor

Distinguished filmmaker and senior academic to become new Pro Vice-Chancellor

We welcome Professor Larra Anderson to our community of Makers & Creators.

Professor Larra Anderson, distinguished filmmaker and Dean of Screen at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, is to become Pro Vice-Chancellor at Norwich University of the Arts.

Professor Larra Anderson headshot by Amy Tierney/Thrive Images.

Professor Anderson will take the post on 1 December 2020 following the retirement of Professor Neil Powell.

NUA Vice-Chancellor Professor John Last said: “Professor Anderson brings to NUA a wealth of international experience in film and the screen industries and particular expertise in digital and emerging technologies.

“We’re delighted to welcome her to the NUA community and look forward to the role she will play in helping to shape the university’s future as Pro Vice-Chancellor.”

"I have long been impressed by the creative practice and research coming out of NUA, and when you combine that with its high level of teaching quality and student experience, you can understand why I am extremely pleased to be joining the institution. I look forward to working with staff and students alike to build on these strengths in the university's next stage of development."

Professor Larra Anderson

Since October 2016, Professor Anderson has worked as Dean of Screen at London College of Communication, UAL, where she established and led the Screen School. This included supporting the development of new areas such as Virtual Reality and Music Production.

Professor Anderson holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television (now known as USC School of Cinematic Arts) and received her BA from St. Johns College in the Great Books Program.

Before her role at UAL, Professor Anderson was the Director of the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University. She is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Professor Anderson’s professional career has seen her produce, direct, and write material for film and television, and work primarily as a cinematographer.

Her award-winning films have screened in cinemas internationally, and at more than 65 festivals worldwide with screenings at Sundance, Sheffield DocFest, Venice, SXSW and BFI.

Her most recent work can be seen in the documentary feature “House of Cardin” which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it was nominated for the Queer Lion Award.

Image credit: Amy Tierney/Thrive Images.