Federica D'Urzo

Theory Tutor MA Animation


St. Joost School of Art & Design, seeks an enthusiastic and inspirational theory tutor to join the team. As a tutor you will be part of an interdisciplinary team and teach within the programme MA in Animation.

Inspiring work

You will undertake an appropriate balance of teaching, thesis supervision, assessment, course and curriculum development and related administration. This one-year high-performance professional Master in Animation is directed towards helping everyone realize their creative potential. This is achieved through a fully integrated approach to the rapidly expanding field of animation, combined with contextual research in Visual Culture. The curriculum focuses on a diversity of practices related to the commercial or industry context of animation: short commercial animation, short animations showing modelling or character design skills. There is also space for experimental animation, immersive storytelling, docu and non-fiction animation, as well as its relevance to changing social, cultural and global themes. Drawing on the expertise of teaching staff, students learn to critically and creatively integrate their studio work with the acquisition of theoretical principles relevant to innovatory studio practice, in relation to the extensive context of animation, design, interactive media and moving image form. Students gain access to the formidable expertise and resources of our strong industry partners - Playgrounds, Submarine, The Panics and many more, as well as connections with studios and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. We have a regular programme of lectures, workshops and events by leading animators. Taking account of sector needs in creative employment, students benefit from direct access to the industry network and execute assignments in collaboration with our partners, allowing them to test their abilities with confidence within a professional context.

Perfect match

You will bring along a vision on artistic research, combined with knowledge of film, animation and digital media studies. You will be a committed educator and able to bring knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm to the delivery of the programme. You will have strong experience of contemporary animation and motion design practices and be familiar with theoretical and practical approaches to current social issues and able to develop knowledge frameworks that understand our entanglement with wider social and cultural factors. You must be able to facilitate a high-quality learning environment, communicate a broad range of theoretical issues through hands-on teaching, thesis supervision, lectures and seminars. You must be able to inspire and motivate students, designing activities appropriate at master level, and demonstrate experience of educational and administrative management.

You will have a Master degree, recent experience of HE teaching, and detailed knowledge of contemporary animation and motion design practices that connects to theoretical issues within the wider field of Art & Design. The candidate we are seeking will bring knowledge, vision and industry network to develop new opportunities within the master programme.


  • Masters Degree or PhD in a related subject
  • Recent Experience of HE teaching
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English

Inspiring environment

The Master Institute of Visual Cultures is a locally grounded international community of learning and research. Each year, around 100 students from all over the world join our institute. The MIVC is committed to adopting new technical advancements in interactive and creative technologies. Our outstanding workshop and technical facilities provide courses in Data visualisation, VR/AR., web design related coding, non-linear immersive and iterative storytelling, spatial & location design, and interactive media – as well as access to workshops across film & photography, print, wood, ceramics and metal, which allow students to immerse themselves in innovative artistic development projects, and are supported by a team of 35 experienced staff on hand.

The Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC) is the graduate programme of St. Joost School of Art & Design, which is part of the Avans University of Applied Sciences. The MIVC is housed within a single campus location, close to the heart of the City of ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Excellent Employer

Avans University is committed to bringing out the best in people. It has a reputation for being an excellent employer. We live up to our commitment by offering attractive employment conditions.


  • We offer you plenty of opportunity for personal and professional development.
  • You will receive a monthly salary in scale 11, € 3.658,64 - € 5.026,85 gross based on a full-time position. This is in accordance with the Higher Professional Education Collective Labour Agreement.
  • A year-end bonus in the form of a thirteenth month's salary is a standard remuneration component.
  • You will be able to start work on 1 May 2021.
  • We offer an appointment for 1 year with the possibility of extension. [Sabbatical Cover]
  • We offer you the position of tutor, or ‘docent hbo’ in Dutch. This is the official job title.

Informed decision

If you are sure that this job is the right fit for you and you are keen to join our team at St Joost School of Art & Design, please apply before 1 April 2021. We will try to inform you of the status of your application within two weeks of the closing date. The start date will be 1 May 2021.

Should you have any further questions about this position, please contact Úna Henry, Head Master Institute of Visual Cultures, email to u.henry@avans.nl