Head of Sculpture

Sydney, Australia
12 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

National Art School

Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW 2010


About the National Art School

The National Art School (NAS) is Australia’s longest standing visual arts school, acknowledged nationally and internationally as a centre of excellence for the provision of higher education, artistic practice and scholarship. NAS is an independent Higher Education Provider offering a range of accredited degree courses that embody the School’s education emphasis upon studio-based learning and critical enquiry under the guidance of experienced artists and educators.

Degree Courses

NAS delivers accredited degree courses in fine arts, focusing on practice-based learning in key areas of studio study: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photomedia, Printmaking and Sculpture. Study in these studio areas is supported by core study in Art History and Theory and in Drawing, which is offered in all years of the undergraduate degree and as a specialised area of study at postgraduate level.

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA)

Our longest-running degree, the three-year BFA is designed to impart the skills, knowledge and creative independence required to sustain successful careers as artists and arts professionals. The BFA integrates three essential areas of study: Drawing, Art History and Theory, and studio practice.

Master of Fine Art (MFA)

The MFA is a two-year full-time degree designed for graduates who seek to develop a higher level of specialised knowledge and further their professional expertise within their area of studio practice. The course involves a blend of coursework with individual research and studio practice under the direct supervision of experienced professional artists.

Doctor of Fine Art (DFA)

The three-year DFA program – our highest-level degree – is a practice-based professional doctorate that provides a platform for integrating professional expertise and scholarly enquiry within the visual arts. This unique offering provides an important alternative to conventional PhD research for practising professionals who are committed to the highest standards of professional practice and critical enquiry through visual art.

About the Sculpture department

The study of Sculpture at NAS is structured to provide students with an opportunity to fully explore this rich and diverse area of practice. From foundational study of the conventional modes of sculptural practice to more contemporary methods and sculptural practices, students are guided towards the development of their individual artistic sensibilities. Our Sculpture studios and central workshops support a comprehensive range of processes covering carving, modelling, and construction in a wide range of materials and artistic approaches. Dedicated facilities include areas for mould making and a foundry for casting in bronze.

In addition to the Full time Head of Sculpture, the department includes two permanent sculpture lecturers (0.5 part time), a dedicated full-time Sculpture Studio Technician and extensive sessional academic staff support.

About the role

The Head of Sculpture is responsible for the development and co-ordination of Sculpture programs and curricula at the National Art School.

What you bring to the role

The Head of Sculpture provides academic leadership and overall management of the Sculpture department including the line management of departmental staff, studios and related learning & teaching resources. In keeping with Minimum Standards for Academic Levels under the Australian Higher Education – Academic Staff - Award 2010, staff employed at this level can normally be expected to make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of scholarship, research and teaching in their discipline.

A competitive remuneration package is available to the successful candidate.


To be considered for this position, your application must include a one to two-page introduction letter responding to the criteria in the position description, alongside your current resume. Please email all applications to: hr@nas.edu.au

Download the Position Description from https://nas.edu.au/working-at-nas/

For further information about the position, please contact Juanita Hyde via email: hr@nas.edu.au

Applications close 6pm Sunday 14 October 2018