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Head of School, School of Design Communication

Closing date
30 Jun 2024

Job Details

LASALLE College of the Arts is ranked one of the top 5 specialist arts universities in Asia for art, design and performing arts (QS World University Rankings 2024). The College offers 35 Diploma, BA (Hons) and postgraduate programmes in arts and design. Its faculty comprises a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, whose practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. LASALLE is a founding member of the University of the Arts Singapore.


Design is a key cultural and social engine to propel the future of economies and engage with emerging communities in societies. The Faculty of Design at LASALLE, a leader in design education in Southeast Asia, propositions a curriculum focused on the needs of tomorrow. The Faculty trains highly skilled (digital, aesthetic, technical) graduates as creative disruptors, out-of-the-box thinking practitioners and enterprising designers for a new world.

The School of Design Communication resides in the Faculty of Design and the School offers a range of programmes from Diploma, BA (Hons) programmes in Design Communication and MA in Design.

We are seeking a highly influential, aspiring and dynamic candidate to lead and inspire the next generation of young designers and to innovate the future of design education in the fields of creative sustainability, social innovation, creative and cultural enterprises and future identities.

The primary responsibility of the Head of School is to assist the Dean in providing leadership to the School of Design Communication to develop the vision and proactively raise the profile of the School in line with the overall strategic direction of the Faculty and the College. The Head of School is expected to work closely with the Dean to develop strategic engagement with the design sector and enhance external academic and industry partnerships and projects both locally and globally.

The key functions of the Head of School will be in consultation with the Dean to develop and drive agreed strategies for the School, to implement its operational plans within approved budget, to oversee the staff team and to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of the curriculum. You will play a key academic leadership and administrative role in the operation of the Faculty and the College.

The Head of School is expected to be an active practitioner and scholar in his or her specialist field and to lead and participate in research within the School in line with the College’s research strategy and the ambitions of the Faculty. You will also provide and contribute to teaching and learning, undertake research in the subject specialism, manage resources allocated to the School efficiently, and establish a local and international professional network in order to raise awareness of the School and the College.

Depending upon the new Head’s area of specialisation, the incumbent may concurrently take up the role of Programme Leader of one of the School’s programmes and undertake teaching of the programme(s) in the School and/or Faculty.


  • Postgraduate qualification, preferably at PhD level, or equivalent in a relevant discipline with substantial professional experience.
  • At least 13 years of tertiary-level teaching experience with knowledge of Higher Education Quality Assurance Framework and eight  years or the equivalent in/programme management and the supervision and development of teaching staff.
  • Evidence of commitment to/track record of research and/or professional practice.
  • Substantial specialist and practical knowledge of an appropriate range of programmes and subjects in design.
  • Knowledge of contextualising academic programme content and curriculum development to fulfil requirements of validation and accreditation and programme enhancement.
  • Outstanding analytical and communication skills.
  • Effective people management and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team and collaborate with colleagues at all levels.
  • Proven ability in managing curriculum planning, programme budget and programme delivery.
  • Experience in developing collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, and developing strong networks with external academic partners, community and industry.
  • Strong student pastoral care skills.
  • A positive attitude to research, and preferably a personal research profile and able to mentor emerging researchers.

To apply:

Interested applicants are invited to apply directly at the LASALLE careers portal or submit your letter of interest, curriculum vitae indicating current and expected salary, and indicating clearly the position you are applying, by e-mail to or in writing (stating clearly the position applying in the envelope) to:

Senior Director & Chief Human Resource Officer
Division of Human Resources & Organisation Development
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940

Closing date: 30 June 2024 or until the position is filled.

More information on the College can be found at

For information about the School of Design Communication please visit:

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


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