Institute of Creativity and Innovation (ICI)

Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) in Digital Arts - CHINA

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LOCATION: Xiamen University, Zhangzhou Campus, China

Full Time: 36.25 hours per week

Salary: £39,347 to £54,395          

We are looking for skilled designers, artists and researchers to join us in beautiful, sub-tropical, South-East China. The Institute of Creativity and Innovation (ICI) is a dual-degree institute founded by Xiamen University (XMU) and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We’re located on XMU’s Zhangzhou campus, which boasts a park-like atmosphere, with mountains on one side and Amoy Bay on the other. It’s a short commute to beautiful beaches, or the city of Xiamen, the multicultural center of South-East China.

Our Lecturers/Senior Lecturers have a deep understanding of subject-specific expertise   combined with the ability to engage and inspire students. 

This will be a permanent contract. UCA offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

  • 35 days of personal holiday
  • Enrolment in the Teacher’s pension scheme
  • Medical Insurance coverage in China for self and family
  • Reimbursement of Visa application expenses for self and family
  • Flight cost
  • Settling-In Allowance
  • Annual repatriation (home visit) allowance
  • Free accommodation in China for self and family
  • School or Nursery/ Pre-school allowance
  • Tax advice

We are offering positions in teaching practice-focused modules that support students in developing creative skills in digital media alongside understanding their practice in relation to theory and context. We value an innovative teaching approach, fostering experimentation and combining lectures and seminar discussions with creative workshops and tutorials that guide students in considering the theoretical and contextual relevance of their creative works.

All units are designed to help students develop their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation skills, while developing compassionate intelligence. We expect our students to become independent learners, applying these skills to areas such as creative computing, 3d design, interaction design, animation, sound, moving image, multi-media installation and other areas where they can push the boundaries of the digital media arts.

It is essential that you have at least 2 years' experience of teaching within Higher Education in a relevant subject area.  Ideally you will have a PhD in a relevant area or be able to convince us you have equivalent professional experience. 

We are particularly interested in people who have experience of creating immersive and interactive projects. We are interested in people who thrive on experimentation, who are skilled in using digital tools to support creativity in such fields as installation, sound art, AI art, moving image, virtual and lens-based media as well as those who can explore the intersections where design and art meet. You may have experience in one or more of these disciplines: public art, community art, product design, exhibition and performing arts, fashion, fine art, AR/VR/MR, 3d modelling, sustainable practices, gaming, animation and/or interactive arts.

By joining ICI, you will become part of our international community of designers, artists, architects, and researchers involved in the visual arts, environmental design, visual communication design, and new media. Our educators are involved in pioneering projects and teaching methodologies which they apply through research and mentoring practices. 

We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity within teaching and working environments.

Come and join our international and growing community of design professionals and researchers in a location that inspires creativity.

ICI is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

If you would welcome an informal chat about the role before applying, or any aspect of living and working in China, please contact Marie Brennan by email ( providing your contact details. 


Please click on the link below. You will need to upload the following documents to complete the application process:

  • Your updated CV.
  • A cover letter addressing your suitability for the role (Please view the attached role profile/job description for reference)
  • Your portfolio and/or any other supporting documents that you believe would be beneficial (Optional)

Priority will be given to applicants with experience of working in the UK, or other countries where courses are taught in English.

Candidates must be able to meet the Chinese visa requirements. UCA will assist with obtaining a visa.

Interviews will be ongoing; this role will remain open until filled. 

At UCA, creativity and innovation are at the heart of what we do. Our legacy of educating eager and passionate artists, makers, and thinkers runs back almost 160 years, and today we’re helping shape a global future that supports and nourishes talent worldwide.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) aims to be a welcoming and inclusive University that is truly representative of all the diversity in society. We particularly encourage applications from people from minoritized ethnic groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented within the University.


Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) in Digital Arts - CHINA
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