Associate Professor in Digital Media Design

Associate Professor in Digital Media Design

Job reference: A6499

Application closing date: 16/06/2019

Location: Plymouth.

Salary£50,132 – £58,089 per annum, Grade 9.

Contract Type: Permanent, Full-Time Job, Academic/Research

Digital Media Design (formerly Digital Art and Technology) is a vibrant programme of awards in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, situated within the Faculty of Art & Humanities. It is part of the school of Art, Design and Architecture, which includes connected programmes of study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. From September 2019, this will include connected Awards including BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design, BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Design Innovation, BA (Hons) Game Arts and Design, BA (Hons) Immersive Media, to name a few.

Digital Media Design and Game Arts Design are now well established, the former (running for nearly twenty-five years as Media Lab Arts and more recently Digital Art and Technology) embedding the production of digital media and design within a framework of creative and experimental artistic practice. As an award, BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design includes connected pathways of study – Game design, Interaction design, Information design and Live Media design with exciting new developments in planning.

Importantly, these Awards have relationships with high profile research groups in the School, in particular i-DAT (the Institute of Digital Art and Technology), an open research lab for playful experimentation with creative technology. They also have strong international connections with the Game Arts Design programme being delivered as a 3+1 at Nanjing University of the Arts. You will be expected to contribute to this TNE activity.

The position is based on the main University campus at the heart of the city of Plymouth. Course facilities include a unique 40 seat, 9m Full Dome digital projection environment and newly built Digital Fabrication and Immersive Media Labs on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building.

We are seeking an Associate Professor to lead the programme of undergraduate study and the ongoing development of the connected named Awards working with Award leaders. You will contribute to practical and theoretical teaching and research in immersive media technologies, in particular game technologies and ludic strategies, virtual/augmented reality, digital art and experimental perception.

The position requires someone with academic critical skills combined with practical digital art & technology software, hardware and design experience. You will have substantial HE teaching experience, and will have the necessary technical skills to teach and research in the field of immersive media technologies and their application to art and design practice.

The post will also involve input at postgraduate level and you will contribute to the development and exploitation of digital media resources for research (PhD’s and post-doctoral) and innovation (commercialisation and public engagement) within the i-DAT research group. Importantly, this exciting position requires strong leadership moving forward.

You will hold a PhD (or have equivalent professional experience) in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate an established research track record and evolving profile appropriate to the role. Experience in supervising masters/doctoral students is desirable. We will also consider applicants with extensive practical or industrial experience in relevant areas.

Accountable to the Associate Head of School (Design) and working closely with the Award leads, you will have strong communication and presentation skills and be expected to lead in curriculum development and course management as required. Key aspects of the role include delivery of teaching/lectures, module leadership, supervision of practical and theoretical study, personal tutoring, assessment and feedback, maintaining quality of delivery as well as organisation of educational field trips/visits, visiting lectures, career spines, student work placements, student competitions and end of year shows as required.

You will be responsible for developing and maintaining good working relationships with all stakeholders in the University as well as in industry, to ensure the overall aims of programmes are met. Being highly motivated and an excellent communicator, you will actively contribute to aspects of a university academic position as well as contributing to external profile and recruitment events for the Awards and the School.

Every member of staff at University of Plymouth contributes to delivering the University’s mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research.

At Plymouth, being an outstanding teacher involves being an outstanding scholar, so that delivery enhances the learning environment and contributes to a high-quality student experience. In this role, you will also enhance professional practice in the subject area as appropriate. You will ensure that innovations in learning practice are adopted and that methods of learning and delivery continuously develop, so that the University is at the forefront of teaching practice and innovation.

Recruitment and selection will be based on individual merit; however, we should particularly like to encourage applications from women, black and minority ethnic people who are under-represented in this area within University of Plymouth. Please include a PDF portfolio of practice with your application or a link to your personal website.

More information on the Awards can be found at:

Contact for informal discussion: Professor Chris Bennewith, Head of School – Art, Design and Architecture

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a permanent basis.

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The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.

University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.