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Dr Thaleia Deniozou
Reader (Education) / Division Lead for Digital Arts

Gaskell Building 152


Thaleia is the Division Lead for Digital Arts, managing the Games Design subject and overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study within the Division. She is also a Reader in Games Art and the Theme Leader for the Art Pathway of the BA Games Design, leading the art provision within the subject.

Thaleia's background is interdisciplinary, with a focus on cultural technology and communication, digital media design and art history and practice. Her PhD research investigated the design of mobile game-based learning applications to help adult learners develop language skills. Her research interests are on game-based learning design, creative pedagogy and educational innovation within Higher Education, while she is particularly interested in serious games and games for change.

Thaleia has been teaching on the areas of digital arts, video games and media design in Higher Education for more than ten years. She teaches art-focused modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level and her teaching is informed by art theory and practice, creative thinking, concepts of visual style and graphical vocabularies and visual aesthetics within games.


Thaleia holds a PhD in Game-based Learning Design, an MA in Modern Art, and an MSc in Design and Digital Media from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BSc in Cultural Technology and Communication from the University of the Aegean.



  • Division Lead Digital Arts
  • Games Design (Art) Theme Leader
  • Fellow of the Brunel Academy for the Transformation of Teaching


  • Undergraduate Programme Leader, BA Games Design
  • MA Convener, Digital Games Theory and Design
  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor, Games Design

Newest selected publications

Dima, M., Xanthaki, A., Deniozou, T. and Luoma, C. (2022) 'The Rights Hero - Serious Games for Human Rights Education and Integration of Migrant and Refugee Children in Europe'. International Journal of Children's Rights, 30 (1). pp. 41 - 71. ISSN: 0927-5568 Open Access Link

Journal article

Deniozou, T. and Dima, M. (2022) 'Developing and Piloting a Remote Design Model to Boost Interdisciplinary co-Learning, Motivation and Creativity'.Teaching and Learning Conference 2022. Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Conference paper

Deniozou, T. (2021) 'Teaching Game Art: Creating a Coherent Student Journey and Adapting it for Online Delivery.'.Teaching and Learning Conference 2021. Virtual.

Conference paper

Deniozou, T., Dima, M. and Cox, C. (2020) 'Designing a Game to Help Higher Education Students Develop Their Note-Taking Skills'.ACM CHI Play. Virtual. 2 - 5 November. ACM. pp. 181 - 192.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Deniozou, T. (2016) 'Investigating the Potential of Mobile Games as Learning Environments for Independent Adult Skill Development.'. PhD Thesis.

Thesis dissertation
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