Course Leader - BA Photography

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£46,376 to £50,408 per annum
Thursday, 25 November 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 13 December 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Course Leader - BA Photography

Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts

Location:  Parkside
Salary:  £46,376 to £50,408 per annum  
Posted On:  Wednesday 24 November 2021
Closing Date:  Monday 13 December 2021
Interview Date:  Thursday 13 January 2022
Reference:  112021-528

Birmingham City University is a diverse place to study in the heart of the city, with its origins in the UK's first purpose built municipal art school and many connections to the creative industries in the region and beyond.  We are looking to appoint a new Course Leader for our established BA(Hons) Photography course in the School of Visual Communication, part of the new Institute of Creative Arts.

You will be responsible for the day to day operation of the course, its future development and the management and leadership of a small team of lecturers.  Based at the city centre's modern Parkside campus the course attracts a diverse range of students with interests across a broad spectrum of photographic practice who make the most of the bespoke purpose built photographic studios, darkrooms and digital facilities. The course aims to transform the professional futures of its students and maximise their opportunities to work in the creative industries.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Day to day management and delivery of the BA Photography course
  • Line management of the course team
  • Encourage and foster a positive and engaged student community
  • Work collaboratively with academic and technical colleagues, professional services teams and students to offer an excellent student learning experience
  • Monitor, review and enhance course content and delivery
  • Work with marketing colleagues to effectively promote the course and develop a good conversion strategy maintaining links with schools and colleges in the region
  • Collaborate with other course directors and subject areas across Creative Arts to encourage collaboration and inter-disciplinary practice
  • Contribute to the wider community of staff and students in the School and Institute
  • Lead on the enhancement of employability and career skills for graduates
  • Work creatively with external partners and employers to promote a connected student experience

Experience Required:

  • Educated to Masters Degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Broad knowledge of photographic practice, history and theory with deep and specialist knowledge and experience in an area of creative photography
  • Experience and knowledge of the creative industries and contemporary photographic practice
  • External recognition as an academic, professional or creative practitioner
  • Experience of leadership, mentoring or line management in an academic or professional setting
  • Experience of managing a team in a busy and challenging environment with competing priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of Higher Education and ability to use a range of delivery techniques to inspire and engage students
  • Experience of teaching curriculum development and quality enhancement in the HE environment
  • Ability to develop and sustain internal and external networks
  • Able to plan and prioritise workload and that of others
  • Committed to excellence of outputs and of creating a positive team culture
  • Demonstrate strong student-centred working
  • Additional professional qualifications are desirable, especially HEA fellowship accreditation

Interviews will be held on 13th January 2022.

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The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

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