The Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (WdKA/ RUAS), offers a variety of bachelor and master programs in the field of visual culture, art, design, education in arts, and leisure management.
The Majors (of which Fashion Design is one) are the entry point of study for all Bachelor students. The curriculum of the WdKA is unique because of its interdisciplinary education projects. Students from all disciplines meet each other (and collaborate) in the Practices for about half their studies starting from year 1- these Practices are interdisciplinary research contexts. Together with the highly unique Stations (advanced workspaces), the Majors and Practices form the three pillars of the WdKA’s curriculum.
About WdKA Fashion Design
We aim to prepare our fashion design students for a future in the continuously changing professional field of fashion. Students are trained to be able to work in the existing fashion system, but also offered space to adjust, bring change to this system through practice and knowledge. We offer the hardware (design methods and technology) and the software (skills and attitude) to do this.
Fashion designers work from the perspective of a creative and critical vision of contemporary developments in fashion and society. Topics like new ethics, virtual fashion, sustainability, collaborative working, all named as the most urgent by both our students as well as our professionally active team of tutors, are all addressed in WdKA’s project-based education.
Professional diversity is key: we stimulate students in giving a new meaning to the profession, encourage independence in self-initiated projects and electives, and facilitate collaborations in interdisciplinary practices. We offer introductions and education in both traditional and future fashion skills like 3D creation and visualization, interactive design, and bio design to facilitate our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to engage in a changing fashion industry. Traditional ways of presentation (like yearly catwalk shows) have made room for alternative ways of presenting, allowing students to opt from a complete virtual graduation project, to installations, to film.
The student is the future!
Job openings: we have open positions for a number of courses, starting September 22, until end of January 23. Please clarify and motivate for which course(s) you apply.
- year 2: teaching design methods, through technical drawing (analogue and digital/ Adobe Illustrator). Focus and research on detail, shape and volume, construction, and real-life prototyping. A technical and profession-based approach to fashion design.
- year 2: teaching design methods, through rapid prototyping (o.a. draping) and sketching. Focus and research on shape, volume, and material experiment & innovation. A more intuitive/ autonomous approach to fashion design. For both these year 2 courses knowledge of 3D design programs is a pro.
- year 3: guidance in individually steered projects. Preferably experienced, but at the least with a (substantiated) interest in virtual 3D -creation, -visualization and -presentation.
Your job will include:
- Teaching, as a part of a team, in 2nd and/ or 3rd year courses.
- Participating in assessments, providing feedback and feed forward, both in the context of courses you are teaching and in stand-alone assessment moments such as annual competence-based assessments.
- Participating in the development of the curriculum for the major.
- Responding with flexibility to a workload that varies over the course of the academic year.
- Active in the professional field of fashion, and able to provide students with context on the (future) professional field.
- Knowledge of, and interest in contemporary discourses in fashion design and society in general.
- Hands-on mentality f.e. in prototyping and presentations.
- Experience in post-secondary level education.
- Stimulating independent learning and creating an encouraging working atmosphere.
- Open to grow as an educator and able to work collaboratively, as all of our education is team-based.
- Candidates would be required to prepare their courses in July and August and start teaching first week of September 22.
- EU/ECC work authorization.
- An excellent command of verbal and written English and Dutch.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers a temporary contract, from August 1st 2022 until January 31st 2023, with the possibility for extension into a permanent contract. The salary ranges from € 3.018,49 to € 4.569,57 gross per month (salary scale 10) for a full-time employment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
WdKA likes to invest in motivated and well-trained employees. Working at WdKA means you can use time and facilities (via unlimited access to our Stations) for professionalization. To further your pedagogical development, you will be encouraged to undertake courses such as BKE (Basis Kwalificatie Examinering) and Competency Assessment Courses. You may avail of a Hogeschool Rotterdam discount on your healthcare via Achmea and participate in a solid pension scheme.
Hogeschool Rotterdam works with a limited travel reimbursement (maximum of 20 km for a one-way trip).
All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.
CV, Letter of motivation, Portfolio (all documents written in English).
The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn based on CV, Letter of motivation and portfolio, followed by interviews.
Informal enquiries about the position or the selection procedure can be directed to Annette Gruisen, Course Leader Fashion Design (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for applications: June 30th 2022
Please do not use this vacancy as an acquisition opportunity.