Studio Technician, Foundation Year

Reports to: Foundation Year Head Technician

Salary: £10.75 per hour

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

Contract: Part-time, Fixed-Term (9-month contract)

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

The Royal Drawing School's Foundation Year is a full-time, taught, skills-based course in fine art practice. Designed for school leavers and based in the inspiring creative hub of Trinity Buoy Wharf in London's Docklands.

The Royal Drawing School are looking to appoint a confident and capable technician to deliver a high standard of technical support to the tutors, students and Programme Manager of the School’s Foundation Year course. Working alongside the other studio technicians and reporting to the Head Technician, you will have a specialism and area of expertise across photography & digital media disciplines delivering a high level of student satisfaction and ensuring that all students benefit from the course to the greatest extent possible. You will have a good understanding of Health and Safety and experience of working with students within a technical support role.  

The successful candidate will be required to commit to 3 regular days across the academic year alongside occasional holiday, evening, weekends and additional term time dates during busy periods.  A flexible and adaptable approach to working and ability to work within a team are essential to support this busy and dynamic course. 

This role could suit a recent graduate of Art School, or an already experienced technician.

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 Head Technician.

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

Specific Duties

·        Oversee the photography materials and digital equipment – taking responsibility for the overall stock and materials order, providing support for students using these facilities and maintaining and improving the equipment and studio area.

·        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.

·      Working as a team with the other part time technician’s help to develop an effective and practical working method in animation and photography workshops.

·      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 keeping 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 (either directly or through sub-contractors).

·      Assist with the setting up of exhibitions and other displays.

Essential Knowledge and Skills

·      Expertise in digital media and photography including; analogue photography processes and darkroom printing, proficiency with the Adobe suite (Photoshop, InDesign & Premiere Pro), digital studio photography and animation software

·      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 

·      Current clean UK Driving License

·      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 Wednesday 21st October

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.