Vacancy: 2 Critical Practice Tutors at the BA Fine Arts department at KABK (2 x 0,3 fte)

The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) educates artists and designers since 1682. Highly skilled professional staff with international professional practices guide and accompany students through their studies.

In our culturally diverse academy, our students' and staff's commitment, passion, and curiosity come together in a respectful and tolerant learning environment. Our intensive, structured, and small-scale curriculum revolves around experimentation and personal guidance. We provide students with a significant degree of freedom to shape their interests and personal ambitions. We value skill and disciplinary expertise as well as an interdisciplinary practice. We encourage innovation through collaboration and facilitate critical reflection on artists' and designers' ever-changing roles in our societies.

BA Fine Arts

At the BA Fine Arts, we work towards an aesthetic of curious inquiry and experimentation, to enable students to prepare for a practice that is consciously responding to contemporary contexts. The study is split into a general propaedeutic year (1st Year) and the main phase, with the specialized sections ‘Painting and Printmaking’, ‘Sculpture’, and ‘Autonomous’. We want our students' art practices to arise from the discourses within their own communities and experience, in close dialogue with a wide range of other social groups.

We aim for our students to gain an understanding of the unique possibilities of art within wider society, open to all possible sources that inform artmaking. We teach our students to embark on professional artmaking as an ongoing, cyclical process of creation, reflection, exploration, discussion, and dissemination. In this, the Critical Practice curriculum is quintessential.

The Fine Arts department is looking for 2 Critical Practice Tutors (Propaedeutic Year [1st year]), Painting and Printmaking Section) [2 x 0,3 fte]

Critical Practice comprises all theoretical training within the BA Fine Arts – art history, art theory, thesis supervision, artistic research, and international professional practice. The curriculum spans all four years of the study, with a mandatory graduation thesis as its outcome. By September 2021, we plan to introduce several new courses, aimed at reinforcing an inclusive, diverse, intercultural learning environment at the KABK on the one hand, and connecting theoretical training to studio practice on the other.

As a new member within our team, you will be immediately involved in the development and implementation of these plans. You are free to establish your own ways of achieving our learning goals while committing to the general educational framework of the department. You participate in staff meetings, student reviews and exams, the Open Day, and the Graduation Festival, and you are welcomed as a participant in the academy-wide Theory Platform.

Both jobs involve a lot of preparation, self-study, and aftercare.

  • As the Propaedeutic Year (1st Year) tutor, you will be lecturing a group of up to 45 students. You will develop and teach a new course on global art history called ‘How the World Makes Art’, a lecture series on ‘Mentalities, Attitudes and Traditions in Contemporary Art’ and a pilot course on ‘Intercultural Exchange’.
  • As the tutor for the Painting/Printmaking Section, you teach three-year groups of around 15 to 20 students. You will be involved in creating and teaching the new course ‘Critical Theory’ (2nd year), specialized in-depth seminars (3rd year), and thesis supervision (4th year). You use multiple didactical methods, in which you convey specialized knowledge and train practical skills (e.g., writing, presenting, arguing, researching).

Profile

You enjoy engaging with students and colleagues and are committed to the development of the next generation of artists. You are energetic, collaborative, caring, open-minded, creative, and flexible. You are ready to deploy your professional network and expertise to the benefit of the students.

You have a relevant track record as an art theorist and art educator. You have an MA or PhD level in the arts. You are well-familiar with international contemporary art and are curious to learn about all our students’ cultural backgrounds.

You have acquired expertise in teaching art in previous employments and are ready to improve your skills regularly. You speak English fluently and you live in The Netherlands.

  • As Propaedeutic tutor, you should be trained in how to translate academic art history into professional art education.
  • As a tutor in the Painting/Printmaking Section, you should have in-depth knowledge on contemporary theoretical discourses related to the field of painting and printmaking.

The Fine Arts department strives for a culturally diverse team.

Conditions of employment

We expect the contract to start on August 1, 2021. The contract is for one year and can be renewed. The position is classified as payscale 11 under the Collective Agreement for Higher Professional Education (CAOHBO). In addition to a good salary ,we offer a holiday allowance of 8%, a fixed end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, a generous leave scheme and good study and development opportunities.

INTERESTED?

Questions

For further information, please contact the Head of Department Klaus Jung or the team leader Critical Practice, Winnie Koekelbergh, via w.koekelbergh@kabk.nl.

Applications

To show your interest in this position, send your CV, motivation and cover letter to werving@kabk.nl before 16 June, 2021, clearly indicating for which position you want to apply.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held on 28 June and June 29.