Specialist Technical Instructor – Interactive Media

Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art and design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.


We are looking for an adaptable and highly motivated person to work with our technical support team at the Royal College of Art.

To succeed in this role, you will need a foundation in coding languages and/or game engines; to enjoy working with learners of all abilities solving ambitious projects within a mission driven team of technology specialists; and a drive for continuous learning and development. This new role will be directly involved in the support and provision of Interactive Media activities at all three of our campuses, including our brand-new Battersea South Campus. This is a part time and permanent role – working 28 hours per week.

The Role

You’ll work with learners of all abilities to develop new Interactive Media projects and iterate on existing ones. You will have a passion to explore new and emerging technologies and the ability to steer and support students and staff in problem solving and finding technical solutions for complex and ambitious projects from ideation to end product.

You’ll join a diverse, close-knit team of talented and supportive individuals who openly share ideas with one another.

This role involves

  • Significant, highly skilled, specialist knowledge of coding of one or more of the following; game engines, XR, web development or IoT.
  • Significant knowledge and experience of at least one web based language: Javascript, HTML, CSS.
  • Significant knowledge of at least one of the following coding languages: C#, C++, Python, JAVA.
  • Significant experience in the use of software development kits (SDKs).
  • Experience of day-to-day operation and maintenance of an XR, Interactive Media or digital training resource.
  • Experience of planning and delivering in person technical workshops.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to use initiative and work as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational, time management, planning and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent user focus and a flexible approach.
  • Experience of physical computing would be desirable but not essential.
  • Experience using visual language programming or projection mapping would be desirable but not essential.
  • Experience of creating online learning materials is desirable but not essential.

The Recruitment Process – additional information

Specialist Technical Instructors at the RCA need to excel in three key areas; Technical Knowledge, Helping Others and Administrative Processes. We will ask you to use stage four of the application process to tell us about your experience in these and other areas and describe your ability to perform in each.

As part of your application, you may be invited to a technical test and formal interview. We estimate this recruitment process to be complete within a 2 month period.

Please note that your experience does not have to be directly linked to the creative industries or education. We are keen to hear about any experiences you may have had, particularly if you feel they have influenced your ability to perform in this role.

The Royal College of Art is committed to creating an environment of mutual respect, where differences are valued and celebrated and where innovation, creativity and diversity can flourish.

We welcome and encourage applications from all members of the community and recognise some may need additional support completing an online application process, for example dyslexia. If this application is not accessible to you and you wish to declare a learning difference or disability then you may request to submit an audio or video file, or speak to us about other ways in which we can support your application – resourcing@rca.ac.uk

Please see information pack for more details.

Closing date for applications is 11.59pm on 21st November 2022.

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