Course Director (Foundation & Pre-Masters Pathways)

Artslink International Education Centre

Relocation assistance and accommodation subsidy will be provided for the successful applicant.

About Artslink International Education:

Founded in 2009, Artslink International Education Centre is one of the foremost private providers of art & design education in eastern China, preparing students to study at the world’s top overseas art & design universities. Through delivery of pre-bachelor and pre-masters preparatory courses and summer schools, Artslink has provided comprehensive creative arts education to exceptional young Chinese talents for close to 10 years.

We are seeking to appoint a PGCE-certified teacher of art & design to become Course Director for the centre’s pre-bachelor and pre-masters preparatory courses, based at Artslink’s Shanghai Centre.

Main responsibilities:

  • To provide effective delivery of the courses through the provision of teaching, management and coordination of academic and technical resources.
  • To provide academic leadership for the courses ensuring that the curriculums are developed and extended in response to contemporary practice (pedagogic and professional), issues and debates.
  • To lead and manage assessment of the courses and ensure continuous improvement of the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the provision.
  • To oversee curriculum development of the courses and ensure continuous improvement of the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the provision.
  • To maintain and develop appropriate links e.g. with overseas educational institutions, developing and promoting the Centre’s objectives in terms of progression to Bachelor or Master-level higher education.
  • To line manage members of staff within the course teams, providing feedback and suggestions for further professional development.
  • To participate when required in the Centre’s marketing initiatives, including Open Days, school visits and recruitment fairs.
  • To assist, when requested, with the delivery of the Centre’s other provision (including summer schools).

Person specification:


  • BA (Hons) in an art & design discipline
  • PGCE or equivalent
  • Ideally 3-5 years teaching experience
  • Interdisciplinary teaching experience within an art & design context
  • Experience of professional practice within an art & design discipline
  • Proven ability to work in a team
  • High level written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of academic management and administration within a further or higher education context
  • Experience progressing students to a range of courses at top specialist arts universities in the UK / around the world


  • Appropriate MA in an art & design discipline
  • Experience working in an international environment or with students for whom English is a second language
  • Experience teaching students from mainland China or experience travelling to the region previously

Compensation and benefits:

  • Annual pre-tax salary between £30,000 - £45,000 (270,000 – 400,000 RMB) dependent on experience
  • One free return airfare between China and your home country per year
  • Accommodation subsidy of 2,000 RMB/month and assistance in finding suitable private accommodation in Shanghai
  • Annual medical insurance
  • Residence permit

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undertake a full criminal record check and basic health examination prior to commencing the role as part of the Chinese work visa application.


To apply for the position, please send a CV and covering letter to

For informal enquiries, or to receive a job description & information pack, please email

Closing date: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the stated deadline. Please note that the Centre reserves the right to close the vacancy before this date. We aim to respond to all applicants within 3 days of application submission.

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