CSM-Colart KTP Associate


Operations and External Affairs
Central St Martins - King's Cross
Full time
Academic Enterprise
Fixed Term
2 years

28 October 2018 23:55

9 November 2018
Up to £30.5k depending on experience (plus personal training & development package)

This role is an exciting and unique opportunity for a recent MA Fine Arts graduate (or equivalent demonstrable experience) to work as the CSM-Colart KTP Associate, a full-time role facilitating a two-year long collaborative project between the world-leading Fine Arts Programme at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design (UAL) and Colart, a leading supplier of art materials.

This project is funded by Innovate UK and Colart through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), a UK Government scheme which aims to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry. The aim of this KTP collaboration is to identify new demands for material innovation in the context of contemporary experimental fine art practices, notably the growing prevalence of cross-medium approaches that are in part informed by digital cultures and technologies.

Supported by a dedicated mentor from both CSM and Colart, you will work directly with CSM Fine Art students at the King’s Cross campus and with technicians in the Colart Laboratory, to discover novel uses for existing Colart products, generate new products through the identification of currently unmet artist needs, and develop new content for digital marketing and public promotion of the collaboration. This will be done in part through a series of teaching events that have been programmed into the curriculum.

UAL is a world-leading university for teaching and research in the fields of arts, design and communications, offering a unique range of courses which nurture creative potential from across the world.

With over 18,000 students, 4,500 staff and an annual budget of c£230 million, the University promotes creativity and intellectual excellence in an organisational culture which helps talented staff and students to develop and enhance their abilities and ideas. The University works to provide a bridge between the educational world and professional practice, and to serve the creative industries. It combines a pursuit of academic excellence with close engagement with its business, creative and cultural partners.


The Fine Art Programme is one of 5 at Central Saint Martins has a total of approximately 800 students. BA Fine Art sits within the art programme and has a total of 550 students. The course is divided into pathways (2D, 3D, 4D, XD) and these used to draw together students into studios who might have common concerns. They are not medium specific and student across all pathways make work in a wide range of materials.

Colart is the leading art material company in the world. With a portfolio of several brands, which range from professional fine art to craft, the company has a rich history dating back to the 15th century. With 16 offices and 1,500 employees worldwide, Colart has a unique distribution network for customers and consumers and meets the growing demand of today’s creative industry.

You have a MA Fine Arts degree (or equivalent demonstrable experience) and have proficiency in a range of digital mediums and technologies, photo editing (Photoshop), website development and multi-media including video making and editing (Premier) as well as good understanding of different digital communication and social media platforms. Ideally, you have already successfully developed your own practice evidencing strong technical and conceptual knowledge of materials and techniques. You have excellent organisational and project management skills and take ownership of your work by driving the project forward during the course of the KTP. As you will be working with team members from different industries scattered across different locations, the ability to be self-motivated and work collaboratively is important as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.
At UAL, everyone's identity matters. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all our diverse students, staff, and the creative and cultural sector partners with whom we engage. We aim to take every opportunity to progress equality and diversity, and celebrate the enrichment this brings to our community.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early to avoid disappointment as we reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date.

This opportunity is closed to applications.