MA Web Design + Content Planning

Your teaching team

Web design is a broad subject area and the range of expertise within our teaching team reflects this. Most of us have been involved in web design for over 10 years and have a wide range of experience. Our team provides the perfect balance of technical, aesthetic and academic expertise that allows us to provide a centred and unbiased approach to web design education.

David Watson Programme Leader


David Watson has been teaching digital design since 1995 and created his first website in February 1996; he has been building websites ever since. David is an advocate of accessibility and W3C standards compliance in web design and his focus is on the creation of websites that are usable, findable and visually appealing. David’s most successful website project is CADTutor, a popular tutorial and community site for users of AutoCAD software which gets over half a million visitors per month.

David has taught on the MA Web Design & Content Planning course from its beginning in 2003 and is now programme leader, he is also course tutor for the Design for Web Content and Content Management courses. He also organises the Talk Web Design student conference and is a founder member of the Web Teaching Today group of academics – his aim is to help students reach coding Nirvana where they can create well-formed and perfectly semantic markup.

Prisca Schmarsow Module Tutor: Applied Art for the Web


Prisca Schmarsow has a background in traditional media and graphic design but fell in love with the web and has developed a wide range of digital skills. Starting as freelancer in 2000, she now delivers web design via her studio. Prisca has been teaching since 2001, delivering training for adults in design and standards based web design. She is passionate about the inclusive open web and always happy to contribute. Prisca’s tutorial on multiple background images is published at Net magazine. At Greenwich, she is course tutor for the Applied Art for the Web course.

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Cole Henley Module Tutor: Major Project


Cole Henley is the technical director at MUD, a web design and digital agency based in Bath who were nominated for the Net awards 2014.

Cole’s particular expertise is in front-end development, CMS integration and accessibility. Cole is a well-known member of the web design community; he is often seen at web industry conferences, has talked at MK Geek Night and is a contributor to the Pastry Box Project. He is also the creator of the excellent Freelance Rates Calculator for web designers and was profiled in the August 2013 edition of .NET magazine. At Greenwich, Cole’s role is to guide and advise students who are working on their Web Thesis Project.

Stephanie Troeth Specialist Tutor: User Experience Design


Stephanie Troeth is a user experience strategist, designer, artist and internationally renowned conference speaker. She works freelance for some of the biggest names on the web, most recently at MailChimp and has been editor in chief at Web Standards Sherpa.

Stephanie has spoken at some of the biggest web design conferences in the UK and abroad, including FOWD and New Adventures. She is also a Smashing Magazine author. Stephanie’s interview for the August 2013 issue of .NET magazine gives more detail on her work.