Lecturer in Visual Communication (BIFCA)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Jun 2021

Lecturer in Visual Communication (BIFCA)
Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts
Location:     China
Salary:     £37,505 to £40,766 per annum
Fixed Term
Closing Date:     Sunday 13 June 2021
Interview Date:     Thursday 24 June 2021
Reference:     022021-33-R

The Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art (BIFCA) based in Wuhan, China, is a sector leading collaboration between Wuhan Textile University and Birmingham City University. It is one of only a handful of such partnerships. BIFCA offers a unique cross-cultural experience and provides an excellent environment for innovative teaching.  Students successfully completing their programmes at BIFCA are able to gain a dual award from both BCU and WTU, they can choose between studying their whole programme in China or studying part in China and completing their programme at BCU, starting in year two.

BIFCA has now seen its first graduating students, its teaching commitment is expanding, and we are seeking a lecturer for our Visual Communication area to contribute to its continuing development. The position offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a popular part of China on a 2-year fixed term contract.

We are seeking a Lecturer to teach on our Graphic Communication degree and work as part of a small team of Lecturers, to liaise with colleagues at the partner institute and those at BCU in the UK.  To support the Course and School in the successful delivery of the partnership.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Use appropriate learning, teaching, support and assessment methods
  • Ensure that module design and delivery comply with quality standards and regulations of the university
  • Supervise student projects and the academic elements of field trips
  • Teach a range of materials
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of engaging learning experiences, supporting colleagues and students
  • Monitor student progress and provide support and advice to students as appropriate
  • Apply knowledge gained from practice and scholarship to teaching
  • To contribute to teamwork and build positive and effective working relationships with colleagues at BCU and WTU
  • Willingness to engage in formal staff development activities

The candidate must be able to demonstrable experience/ expertise (preferably from a background in graphic design) in at least one of the following areas:

  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • User experience 
  • Publishing and Editorial
  • Brand Design & Advertising
  • Packaging Design
  • Interactive design

The applicant will have significant experience in teaching at HE level and/or come from an established professional industry background within one or more of the areas indicated above. Be able to demonstrate a grasp of the planning, preparation and delivery of teaching materials in a studio-based teaching environment. Knowledge of Adobe Creative suite is essential and its use within a design context.

Candidates would also have to work within a team of fellow academics and technicians and should have good presentation and communications skills, be educated to degree level (or equivalent) level would be required, Masters qualification and professional experience would also be desirable.


  • Housing allowance
  • Birmingham City University Pension
  • Assistance with securing a work visa for China
  • One international round-trip flight p/y
  • Personal development and training
  • 40 holiday day’s p/y to be taken in summer (late July-August) and winter (late January-February)
  • Private Health Insurance

Please note that if you are successful for the role you will need to provide two references relating to your work experience over the last 2 years. 

You will also be required to undertake a DBS or police check as part of your visa application process. 

To apply for this role, please complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV.  Candidates are advised to remove any personal information to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process. 

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