Dr. Britton is currently working on a wide-ranging book on design for film and television, which covers all the major design disciplines (production design/art direction, costume, make-up and hair, graphic design, and visual effects), and offers a thorough reevaluation of existing critical approaches to design for the screen. This project continues and expands his prior work in this area, the fruits of which include Design for Doctor Who (forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic in 2021), and the ground-breaking text he co-authored on design for television, Reading Between Designs (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003).
At the same time, Dr. Britton is developing an essay on the crucial contributions of costume designer Ruth E. Carter, production designer Wynn Thomas and cinematographer Ernest Dickerson to the visual style of Do The Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) and other Spike Lee Joints. This is envisaged as incorporating both archival and interview material.
Two projects currently still in the initial research phase speak in different ways to the spaces of film and television, addressing:
After the Modern: post-modernisms in art
Critical Writing in Media & Visual Culture
Designing for Doctor Who (co-taught with June Hudson)
Gender and sexuality in Renaissance art
Hitchcock and his sources
Introduction to Media & Visual Culture
Renaissance artists and their clients
Senior Seminar: Media & Visual Culture
The dark city in art and film
The “Hitchcock Film”
The transnational horror film, 1930-1980
Theories of media and visual culture
Transmedia travels: Doctor Who
Member of the International Editorial Board for Scene (published by Intellect Books)
Director, Media & Visual Culture program, U of R ( July 2011—)
Director, Art History program, U of R ( July 2008—)
Faculty Advisor for KDAWG, University of Redlands College Radio (2019—)
Founding co-convener, Humanities Advisory Board, U of R (2010-11, 2018-19)
Member of: Humanities Advisory Board, 2010-19; General Education Working Group, U of R (2010-13); May Term Implementation Committee/Working Group, U of R (2010-12); Educational Assessment Committee, U of R (2010-11)
Design for Doctor Who: Vision and Revision in Screen SF (London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, forthcoming)
TARDISbound: Navigating the Universes of Doctor Who (London: I.B. Tauris, 2011)
“Setting Variables: axes of time, space and meaning in production design for the screen,” Scene 4:2, 2016, pp. 117–135.
“‘It’s All-New Doctor Who’: Authorising New Design and Redesign in the Moffat Era,” in Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour: A Critical Celebration of the Matt Smith and Steven Moffat Era, ed. Andrew O’Day (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014), pp. 141-156.
“Making ‘A Superior Brand of Alien Mastermind’: Doctor Who Monsters and the Rhetoric of (Re)design,” in Dimensions of Doctor Who: Adventures in Space, Time and Television, ed. Matt Hills (London: I.B. Tauris, 2013), pp. 39-53.
“Style, Structuring Conceits, and the Paratexts of Mad Men.” Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture. May 22, 2015. http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2015/05/22/style-structuring-conceits-and-the-paratexts-of-mad-men/
“Marvel, Wired? Daredevil and Visual Branding in the MCU.” Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture. May 1, 2015. http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2015/05/01/marvel-wired-daredevil-and-visual-branding-in-the-mcu/
“‘Television Aesthetics’ versus Formal and Stylistic Analysis.” Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture. April 8, 2015. http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2015/04/08/television-aesthetics-versus-formal-and-stylistic-analysis/
“‘Oh, I Dig Your Fab Gear’: Costume, Fashion and the Doctor – A Brief History.” FBI-SPY: Serious About Fashion Body Identity. November 10, 2013. http://www.fbi-spy.com/doctor-who-fab-gear
Raphael, ed. Achim Gnann, with C. Whistler and B. Thomas, Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2018. Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 50: 3 (2019).
Yvonne Elet, Architectural Invention in Renaissance Rome: Artists, Humanists, and the Planning of Raphael’s Villa Madama, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 49: 4 (2018).
Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires: Encounters and Confluences, ed. Mohammad Gharipour, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2017. Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 49: 3 (2018).
Francis Ames-Lewis, Isabella and Leonardo: The Artistic Relationship Between Isabella d’Este and Leonardo da Vinci, 1500-1506, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 45:2 (2014).
Ian Christie, The Art of Film: John Box and Production Design, London: Wallflower Press, 2008. Screen, Vol. 42:4 (2011).
University of Redlands, Outstanding Service Award, 2020