Studio Technician, Foundation Year

Reports to: Foundation Year Programme Manager

Salary: £10.85 per hour

Location: Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, E14 (and other locations on an occasional basis as required)

Contract: Part-time Fixed-Term (17th May 2021 to 9th July 2021)

Hours: 8 hours per day, 3 days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, plus occasional weekends and extra days, typical hours of 8:30am-5:30pm, term time and some holiday work.

Overall job purpose

To deliver a high standard of technical support to the tutors, students and Programme Manager of the School’s Foundation Year Course. Delivering a high level of student satisfaction and for all students to benefit from the course the greatest extent possible.

You will be line managed by the Programme Manager.

We are seeking a technician who has a good understanding of technical support across: basic photography, printmaking, painting and sculpture workshops with a specialism in photography & digital media to provide additional support for students in this area.

Specific duties

·        Working with the technician team, assist in the planning, set-up and hanging of the Foundation Year End of Year Exhibition.

·        Undertaking Health and Safety checks, under the guidance of the Head Technician at stipulated intervals to ensure the safety of the students and staff at all times.

·      Provide advice and guidance to students in their artistic practice and learning from a technical perspective, as appropriate.

·      Maintain a high-level of awareness of students’ work and needs and, as a key member of staff, work with colleagues and self-employed tutors to ensure that the course provides the greatest support and benefit to students that can be achieved.

·      Establish an appropriate studio culture amongst students as part of their artistic training and organise students to help with keep the studio in good order.

·      Ensure studios are provided with sufficient materials and equipment for student use; set up studios for classes as required; leave the studios clean with all materials stored away when not in use.

·      Order materials and equipment from approved suppliers and in accordance with agreed budgets; log purchases in accordance with agreed procedures.

·      Ensure organised storage of materials and equipment; maintain effective security controls, including locking draws, cupboards and doors as required.

·      Provide relevant help and advice to self-employed tutors and artist models, planning for their needs in a timely manner.

·      Ensure that all activity is conducted in accordance with the School’s health & safety policy and generally accepted best practice.

·      Undertake carpentry and other DIY works as required, including (but not limited to) the construction of shelves, plinths and partitions.

·      Identify any need for maintenance / repairs and resolve as required

Essential Knowledge and Skills

·      Knowledge of the operational requirements of a busy teaching studio and relevant health & safety requirements

·      Experience of a wide range of fine art practice and materials, including drawing, painting and sculpture

·      Carpentry and DIY skills

Comfortable with use of standard PC/Mac software (inc. Excel, Word and Outlook), audio-visual systems

·      Ability to communicate effectively with self-employed tutors and students (aged 18-20).

·      A team player

·      Enthusiasm, willingness and flexibility to get involved with a range of tasks

·      Demonstrated ability to maintain a professional and approachable attitude, even in times of heavy workloads

Desirable Knowledge and Skills

·      Demonstrated pro-activity in resolving issues

·      Maintaining your personal artistic practice

This role involves a significant amount of manual handling


To apply: Submit CV & covering letter to

Closing date for applications: Midnight on 6th May

Interviews: We will start the interviews before the deadline if we see candidates of interest

Start date: As soon as possible.

Due to the high volume of applications received, if you have not heard from us within 7 days of the closing date for applications, your application has not been successful. Thank you for your interest in the Royal Drawing School.