Visual Arts Teaching Assistant job with DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY


visual arts teaching assistant
School of Arts and Movement Education
DCU Institute of Education
10 month fixed term contract

Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is a young, ambitious and dynamic university, whose mission is to “transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement”. Known as Ireland’s ‘University of Business’, DCU is a values-based institution committed to delivering impact for the public good. DCU has been named Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2021.

DCU is based on three university campuses in the Glasnevin-Drumcondra area of ​​North Dublin. Over 18,000 students are enrolled in five faculties – Science and Health, DCU Business School, Computer Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences and DCU Institute of Education.

DCU is committed to achieving excellence in all of its activities. This is demonstrated by its world-class research initiatives, its cutting-edge approach to teaching and learning, its focus on providing a transformative student experience, and its positive social and economic impact. The university continues to develop innovative programs in collaboration with industry, such as the DCU Futures degree suite, which are designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required in a rapidly changing economy.

DCU’s pursuit of excellence has led to its current ranking among the top 2% of universities in the world. It is also one of the best young universities in the world (QS Top 100 Under 50, Times Higher Top 150 Under 100). In the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021, DCU ranked 23rd in the world for its approach to broadening participation in higher education and its continued commitment to eradicating poverty, while it ranks 38th in globally for its work to reduce inequality and 89th globally for gender equality.

The university is ranked 23rd in the world and first in Ireland for its graduate employment rate, according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020. Over the past decade, DCU has been Ireland’s leading university in technology transfer, as evidenced by intellectual property licensing.

Presentation of the department

The DCU Institute of Education is the brand new faculty of Dublin City University. It is based in a 70 million euro purpose-built facility on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus at Drumcondra in Dublin. Established in 2016 as Ireland’s first university education faculty, it has over 130 full-time academics and a student body of over 4,000 students.

The Institute brings together education students from all sectors, from early childhood, primary and post-primary education, to higher and higher education. In addition to offering a range of undergraduate programs in education, the Institute offers a rich menu of taught and research-based postgraduate programs at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate levels.

As a center of expertise and excellence in teacher education and more generally, the Institute hosts a range of research centers in key priority areas and has an ambitious and growing research programme. With internationally recognized experts in the fields of educational policy, inclusive and special education, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, sustainability, literacy, evaluation, digital learning and teacher training, the Institute offers a dynamic learning and working environment. Staff can expect to encounter opportunities for multidisciplinary work, not only at the Institute, but across the University. As one of the world’s leading young universities, DCU established its fifth and newest faculty out of the belief that educational studies and research as well as teacher preparation and support are at the heart of transforming lives and communities.

Committed to academic excellence and innovation, the DCU Institute of Education believes that its students and staff, as well as its graduates, can thrive and lead in the challenging and complex contexts of 21st century education.

The School of Arts and Movement Education is one of six schools in the DCU Institute of Education. The School is made up of a dynamic and unique group of scholars, researchers and teacher trainers working together in collaboration and developing the national and international reputation of the School through the award of prestigious scholarships, obtaining large-scale research grants and research publication in leading journals in the field. Academic interests cover teacher education, visual arts education, physical education, music education, arts education and arts education in general, as well as a range of other interdisciplinary dimensions, including creativity, inclusion, well-being and technology.

Role Profile

The School of Arts and Movement Education is looking to recruit a Visual Arts Education Teaching Assistant to join its Visual Arts Education team for a fixed term of 10 months with a start date of 1st September 2022.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) are essential members of the University’s academic community. The successful candidate will be assigned to the School of Arts Education and Movement, DCU Institute of Education, and will assist in the delivery of its taught undergraduate and postgraduate programs. This position offers an attractive opportunity for personal development while working in an innovative and supportive environment.

Further information about DCU Institute of Education is provided in the information pack and can be found at

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of School or other designated staff member, the position will include a range of duties including but not limited to the following:

  • Contribute to teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Preparation of materials and equipment for the delivery of lectures, tutorials, seminars, etc.
  • Assist in the monitoring and implementation of disinfection protocols, under the supervision of a faculty member, as needed
  • Assist in the organization and grading of assessments (assignments/presentations, etc.) under the supervision of a faculty member who has the first and last term for grading
  • Assist the module coordinator in providing feedback on assignments to students
  • Dealing with student queries regarding module material – through appropriate communication channels under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Assistance in carrying out research activities
  • Assist with student recruitment and school promotional activities, such as open house and other similar events
  • Any additional administrative activities associated with teaching and supervision, as required by the school/program
  • Perform position-related administrative and evaluation duties and other duties as assigned from time to time by the school principal/candidate.

Qualifications and experience


  • Primary degree (NFQ level 8) in a relevant field and ideally a postgraduate degree in fields related to visual arts/visual arts education.
  • Relevant experience

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience

  • Knowledge of specialist and generalist areas of visual arts education in centres, schools or teacher training settings
  • Postgraduate degree in visual arts or related field
  • Strong social, teamwork and organizational skills
  • Dedicated to student learning

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