Course Leader, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation


Central Saint Martins
CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Full time
Art, Communication, Culture and Performance

11 June 2021 23:55

11 June 2021
£46,423- £55,932 per annum
We are looking for a Course Leader (1.0 FTE) for BA Culture, Criticism and Curation to bring academic vision and leadership in curriculum development, enhancing student experience, building course community, organisation and planning, and pedagogy. With the course going through the university’s scheduled reapproval process in 2021/22 there is immediate opportunity to lead the course team in reviewing and reframing the course curriculum, design and delivery, with particular attention on how the course engages with identity and diversity, contested notions of culture, the emergencies of social injustice and climate change, and new relations between conventional and digital environments.

Central Saint Martins’ world-leading reputation for arts and design education stems from the creative energy of its staff and students and the stellar achievements of its graduates nationally and internationally. The nine programmes at Central Saint Martins while challenging the boundaries of their discipline understand that what we do is always connected to others. Our community goes beyond building, beyond disciplines and beyond borders. From local neighbours to global partners, Central Saint Martins collaborates with others to build knowledge and transform objects, systems and lives for the better. We understand that good things happen when people work together.

BA Culture, Criticism and Curation is a broad humanities-based course situated within an art school context. Combining cultural theories with the practices of curating and journalism, it covers a range of disciplines that includes design, fine art, architecture, fashion, film, performance and literature. Increasingly concerned with interrogating histories and identities, it places critical thinking at the heart of cultural practice. From historical and archival research to curating exhibitions, making zines to arts organisation and festival planning, and from long-form writing to audio-visual essays and digital experiences, the course explores and expands what practice can mean in the humanities, its applications and the value it can bring.

BA Culture, Criticism and Curation sits within the Culture & Enterprise Programme at Central Saint Martins, alongside five postgraduate courses that includes MA Culture, Criticism and Curation, MA Applied Imagination, MA Innovation Management, MBA with Birkbeck and MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise. The course and programme teaching teams include a range of writers, scholars, creative practitioners and curators. Culture & Enterprise is committed to continuing to diversify its staff team and extend its representation.

Your area/s of expertise and experience should be broadly related to the areas of culture, criticism and curation. You should have experience of managing and motivating teams, curriculum planning and enhancing student experience through your leadership. You should be a strong and effective communicator who is collaborative and empathetic in the way you engage with others.

You will have experience of teaching, be active in practice, research and/or scholarly activity and aware of the broad academic and professional contexts relating to the course. You will be able to demonstrate engagement with current challenges, issues and debates regarding racial justice, climate emergency and the post pandemic context and their implications for what and how a course like BA Culture, Criticism and Curation might develop.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, an attractive pension and a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity and diversity. Relocation assistance is available. If you have any queries about this role please contact CSM’s Staffing Team via email

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

This opportunity is closed to applications.