Critical Studies/Material & Visual Culture Lecturer

One Year Fixed Term Contract

Hereford College of Arts is a vibrant, dedicated arts college with a specialist focus on art, media, design, popular music and performing arts. The curriculum includes undergraduate and postgraduate degrees alongside a range of Further Education programmes and a wide-ranging short course programme. Our mission is to empower creativity and enrich our world through transformative arts education.

We are proud of our track record but have ambitious plans to develop and grow. Hereford city and the wider region are also full of ambition with a new engineering university in development and Herefordshire Cultural Partnership galvanising arts and collaboration across the region. We are rooted in an exceptional place and connected to the world.

The college seeks to appoint an exceptional teacher with a creative arts background to deliver Critical Studies across its undergraduate courses including Contemporary Design Crafts, Jewellery Design, Artist Blacksmithing, Illustration and Graphic & Media Design, initially on a one-year contract.

Critical Studies is a college-wide programme at HE level that provides students on all undergraduate degree courses with a structured way of thinking about the meaning, value and experience of creative practice. Critical studies curricula are specifically tailored to the needs of students on each course.

As our focus is firmly on creative practice, the successful candidate will have a keen interest in critical theories of interpretation and evaluation of material and visual culture. He or she could be a creative artist or designer with an understanding of critical studies, or a practising critic with a special interest in creative arts. He or she will have experience of teaching critical studies, and a talent for making degree-level academic writing and critical theory engaging in an art school environment. A postgraduate teaching qualification is desirable, as is Fellowship of the HEA.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to strengthening and extending criticality and critical practice throughout HCA and to bolstering the college’s developing profile for student and staff scholarship.

For an informal discussion please contact Simon Denison, Course Leader for Critical Studies, by emailing

Closing date for applications: Friday 6th July 2018

Interviews to be held on: Tuesday 17th July 2018