Head of Programme, Applied Arts

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
13 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Programme, Applied Arts

Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art is the only entirely postgraduate institution of university status dedicated to research and knowledge exchange, and teaching and practice in art, design, communication and humanities. Its international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability has been recognised for three successive years by the QS World Ranking survey, with the College as the world's number one art and design university in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In March 2016, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an unprecedented £54 million grant to the RCA to support a major expansion of its Battersea South site with the creation of a new flagship £108 million innovation campus. The College is currently located on three sites in central London, in Kensington, Battersea and White City, with some 2,100 students and over 400 staff. 

Applied Arts at the RCA aims to extend the possibilities and perspectives of ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal, as well as other materials, within and beyond their traditional boundaries. With MA degrees in Ceramics & Glass and Jewellery & Metal, the programmes’ spectrum of enquiry includes art and design works, design for manufacture and the built environment, emerging experimental practices and applications. The programmes are located in the Woo building, at the College’s Battersea site, with state of the art studios and workshops. The programmes share a commitment to engaging with small scale and studio based traditions while also exploring new applications for their technologies in art, design and other industrial materials and processes.

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Head of Programme will lead the two MA programmes, taking overall responsibility for academic quality and direction, research, teaching and learning, and management of all the resources of the programmes and staff teams. S/he will work to ensure that the programmes are recognised for their successes in research and knowledge exchange as well as innovative learning and, with an outstanding record of achievement, will be able to lead by example. As a member of the School of Arts & Humanities Leadership Team, the Head of Programme will also work to increase collaboration within the School and across the College, making a contribution at an institutional level, as well as continuing to attract and support the highest quality students in line with the College’s plans for growth.

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The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th December at 5pm (GMT).