Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Photography (5407) – Manchester

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Photography (5407)

Manchester Metropolitan University




The School of Digital Arts is a purpose built, interdisciplinary school at one of the UK's leading universities. Offering industry and research informed courses and specialist spaces with the latest technologies, SODA is a £35M investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching, and research that will drive the next generation of creative content. Our students study disciplines that span film, animation, UX, photography, games design, games art, music and sound design and more, often working on live projects with industry partners and frequently collaborating with fellow students and researchers. They choose from a flexible mix of courses: foundation year, undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees that run alongside degree apprenticeships, summer schools and short courses. 

SODA builds on the award-winning strengths of the Manchester School of Art, and brings together creative and craft disciplines, technical and scientific skills, industry partnerships and global research to teach the next generation of talent. Rated sixth in the UK for its research power, and with a history of generating ideas and innovation that stretches back 180 years, Manchester School of Art has pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that guides how we teach and work at SODA. 

Opened in September 2021, we work closely with a diverse range of cultural and industry partners, for example Quay Street Productions, Black Magic Design, BBC, ITV, and HOME, and are ideally placed in a creative global city that has transformed to be a leading powerhouse of the UK's digital economy. Industry connectivity and inclusion within the School is critical. 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Photography  

We are looking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Photography. The applicant should demonstrate an ability of critical and professional approaches to teaching, research, or knowledge exchange in one of the following areas:  

  • Studio focused photographic practice, with the ability to teach flash studio lighting and digital workflow. e.g., through fashion, portraiture, or contemporary photographic art practices 
  • Professional practice experience with the ability to lead external projects and industry focused delivery, relevant to the contemporary photographic creative sector. 
  • Expanded approaches to digital photographic practice e.g., through digital storytelling, CGI & virtual photography or moving image  

The ideal candidate should have experience of a creative approach to designing and delivering higher education curriculum at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels in subject specific and interdisciplinary contexts. This role requires a versatile approach and ability to deliver across different levels and (potentially) programmes.  They will contribute to a vibrant and collaborative team that spans a wide range of digital arts disciplines, encompassing both academic and industry professionals. 

The applicant should also have an in-depth understanding of current industry trends within this field and/or be able to conduct research grounded in the present but offer space to explore the future – leading students to investigate what it means to be a creative arts practitioner at the convergence of storytelling, technology, and innovation. 

To Apply: 

Submit a cover letter and CV via our application portal that specifically refers to the Job Description that accompanies this advert, addressing your strengths in relation to Research and/or Knowledge and Enterprise (industry experience); Learning & Teaching; Academic Citizenship and Leadership. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact [email protected]  

Please note that this vacancy is for a 1.0 fte (37.5 hours) position.



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