School of Communication
Susan Young became interested in animation while studying graphic design at Liverpool Polytechnic. During the Toxteth riots of 1981 she made Thin Blue Lines, a film describing the Liverpool 8 uprising from a personal perspective.
She continued to focus on animation at the Royal College of Art School of Film and Television, graduating in 1985 with Carnival.
After leaving the RCA, Young directed commercials, title sequences, music videos and short films, working with artists such as David Byrne (Beleza Tropical: Umbabarauma), the music producer Alan Douglas (Jimi Hendrix: Fire), and record labels including Island Records and Island Visual Arts (Time Will Tell and Island 25 documentary titles).
Her films, title sequences, music videos and commercials have been screened extensively at international film festivals and on television, and she has regularly been called on to judge films in competition at animation festivals worldwide.
Young is currently exploring the therapeutic potential of animation in relation to psychological trauma at the Royal College of Art through a practice-based research degree.