Lecturer in Illustration

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom


1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Illustration 
School/Support Department: Edinburgh College of Art 
Unit: School of Design 
Line manager: Head of School of Design

2. Job Description

We are seeking two enthusiastic and pro-active part time lecturers in Illustration. The successful applicant will encourage students to develop their practice while integrating research and contemporary cultural theory within and beyond their chosen discipline. You will be expected to develop a broad approach to historical, contextual and theoretical components in Design, with enough rigour and focus to enable students to engage with the challenges of contemporary creative practice in their chosen discipline.

The post has a focus on and responsibility for a significant proportion of the teaching of Undergraduate and Masters students as well as some supervision of Research students. The work will involve preparing, scheduling and delivering courses, including lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, course administration, and the setting and assessing of assignments. You will also be expected to demonstrate a research practice and will be expected to contribute to the research culture within the School as well as develop your own portfolio of papers, exhibitions and grants.

3. Main Responsibilities

3.1 Teaching of Illustration to all four year levels of the BA (Hons) 
3.2 Teaching of Illustration to Masters students on both the MA and MFA 
3.3 Supervision of PhD and MPhil candidates 
3.4 Development of a personal research portfolio that has an upward trajectory 
3.5 Administration, assessment, presentation of work at examination period and periodic written feedback to students


The post-holder will: 
• Ensure that course content is relevant, current and consistent with the mission of the School and Programme. 
• Ensure that the delivery of courses is organised in such a way as to be appropriate to the resources available and to the learning styles and developmental stages of the students concerned. 
• Create and assist with the development of new courses within the ECA and School of Design curriculum.


The post-holder will: 
• Ensure that the learning, teaching and assessment methods employed on the courses delivered for the Programme are appropriate to the resources allocated, the demands of the subject, and the learning styles and developmental stages of the students. 
• Plan and manage the assessment of courses to comply with School of Design / ECA / University policy and to ensure students are given constructive and timely feedback that helps them improve. 
• Contribute to Assessments, Internal Moderations, Boards of Examiners and their pre-boards as appropriate. 
• Undertake such teaching duties as are appropriate to the requirements of the courses delivered and consistent with their area(s) of expertise.


The post holder will: 
• Ensure that students enrolled on the programme and courses are appropriately supported and provided with timely and constructive guidance for their academic development and pastoral care, fulfilling the policies and procedures of the School / ECA / University and utilising appropriate channels and media. 
• In liaison with the School Administrators, ensure that information provided to students enrolled on courses is current, accessible and consistent, including: 
• Course materials; 
• Course Handbooks; 
• Student timetables; 
• Project briefs; 
• Learning materials; 
• Feedback on assessment (formative and summative) 
• Contribute to information provided to students by the School and the Programme. 
• Ensure the maintenance of standards of student discipline and conduct.


The successful candidate will: 
• Undertake course administration in association with the existing academic staff and in liaison with the School Administrators, ensure that student records are maintained which are current, accurate and constructive, including: 
• Attendance records 
• Achievement and progression 
• Support needs

4. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• Educated to PhD level or equivalent in a relevant subject or equivalent experience. 
• Specialist knowledge in at least one field of illustration. 
• Demonstrable ability to design and deliver inspiring teaching, assessment and research supervision. 
• Ability to contribute to a specialism in design/material culture teaching. 
• Experience of teaching and educational administration in higher/further education. 
• Experienced in a range of methods of teaching and delivery of course content. 
• Ability to teach and deliver workshops, seminars and tutorials across different teaching levels including undergraduate and postgraduate. 
• Empathic and student-focused. 
• Ability to motivate students. 
• Ability to work successfully as part of a team. 
• Display evidence of being able to organise, prioritise and manage time effectively. 
• Ability to provide results and records required by the School of Design in a timely manner. 
• Ability to deliver credible research outputs for submission to the REF at 4* level through either practice-based or theory-based research.

• Experience of teaching in an art and design school environment 
• Experience in making and teaching comics, editorial, reportage, children’s books, advertising, concept art, infographics and exhibitions. 
• Ability to teach drawing, painting, print-making, book-binding, digital tools including animation and 3D software. 
• Experience of curriculum development 
• Involvement in the development and expansion of programmes. 
• Postgraduate teaching qualification.

5. Job Context and any other relevant information

The School of Design at the University of Edinburgh

The School of Design consists of twelve subject Areas; Animation, Design Informatics, Fashion, Film & TV, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery & Silversmithing, Performance Costume, Product Design and Textiles. Students can study at UGT, PGT and PGR levels in all these subject areas.

The Illustration Programme is the largest within the School of Design with a strong reputation for a vibrant and positive studio culture and excellent graduates. The programme runs a range of courses that make up their UG and PG programmes.

Through a range of projects run within the core illustration courses students are introduced to practical illustration methods and specific contexts for contemporary illustration. Traditional skills in drawing and material exploration are developed through workshops and lectures, including workshops in life drawing, print-making, book binding, field trips and digital classes.

Students are asked to explore and challenge their relationship to creative practice. They consider the context, audience and the impact of their practice. Many projects collaborate with external partners from both within the University and beyond to explore specific areas of industry as well as developing strong research connections. Projects are driven by specific themes that are becoming important narratives within the programme of social justice, well being and ecology, embracing the potential and power of visual communication.

The students develop a strong personal identity in their work with a specific focus on illustration contexts and industry. Many excel in Illustration after graduation but many also go into other areas of creative industry and further education.

Edinburgh University students, including the Illustration students have the opportunity to do elective courses from across the University at different sathges of their studies giving a great breadth and opportunity for connections and learning of disciplines. Similarly Illustration lecturers run courses that are for students from across the University based on research and illustration specific practices.

The illustration have a range of skills and specialisms, often working together on joint teaching and research projects. Regular visiting speakers and teachers through the semesters contribute to the breadth of the knowledge in the programme.


Edinburgh College of Art has a vibrant research community reflecting the diverse expertise of its members and the disciplines it brings together. Based across five Schools and numerous research centres, our varied projects use and develop methodologies that can be speculative, process-driven or product-oriented. Our strength is in also fostering rich, creative relationships between investigators and across lines of critical inquiry, leading to both depth and breadth of understanding across art, design, culture, architecture, environments, media and music.

The School of Design is currently home to two research centres and three research groups: 
• The Centre for Design Informatics 
• The Scottish Documentary Institute 
• Critical Change 
• Lines 



The School of Design at Edinburgh encourages a wide range of approaches and methods to the study of the design disciplines, to concepts and practices of innovation, and to material culture, its activities in this regard are enriched by the School’s physical, cultural and organisational proximity to the Schools of Art, ESALA, History of Art and the Reid School of Music in ECA

Further details on teaching programmes, staff research interests, and publications are to be found on the School of Design website (http://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/school-of-design).

Informal enquiries should be directed to the Head of the School of Design, Professor Sarah Kettley: Sarah.Kettley@ed.ac.uk

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website and submitting an up to date CV and cover letter. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.


Contact Person :  Harvey Dingwall
Contact Email :    h.dingwall@ed.ac.uk

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