Lecturer, Illustration BA(Hons)

Elisa Cunningham is a freelance illustrator and lecturer. I have been commissioned in the areas of publishing, editorial, food illustration, lettering, advertising, reportage and animation, working for national and international clients, such as Bloomsbury Publishing, Penguin Random House, Hodder Books, The Washington Post, Innocent Drinks, The National Trust, Fortnum & Mason, Heinz and the BBC.

Elisa is a Falmouth alumni and joined the Falmouth Illustration teaching team in 2024, after graduating from the BA(Hons) degree in Illustration at Falmouth University in 2013. She also holds a Masters degree in Graphic Arts from the University of the West of England, in Bristol, and a PGCHE from the University of East London, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2023 Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education University of East London
2020 MA Graphic Arts UWE Bristol
2013 BA (Hons) Illustration Falmouth University
2010 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media Falmouth University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Shortlisted for Serco Prize for Illustration


Shortlisted for Serco Prize for Illustration

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • External Examiner for BA (Hans) Illustration at University of South Wales 
  • Member of Association of Illustrators
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy