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Specialist Technician (L&T) Costume (Digital Embroidery Bias)

Employer: University of the Arts London
Location: CCW - Merton Hall Road, London UK
Salary: £38,359 - £47,109 per annum pro rata
Contract: Part time
Hours: Part time

Job description

The opportunity

We’re excited to announce a great opportunity to join our technical team at Wimbledon College of Arts (WCA), University of the Arts London (UAL) and make a valuable contribution to our exceptional teaching and learning facilities.

With performance as its primary focus, the school provides a rich, visionary and state-of-the-art environment where performers, designers and creative technologists can collaborate and explore performance in all its guises, whilst bringing to life extraordinary work.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to be growing our team of costume technicians that can bring to Wimbledon advanced knowledge and extensive professional experience, whilst equipped with enthusiastic, reassuring and inclusive soft skills indispensable to support our students’ journey.

The costume technical team at WCA supports both our long-standing BA and our brand-new MA courses by providing professional technical expertise, guidance and knowledge that supports teaching and research whilst contributing critical input to students’ concepts and expressive/creative intention.

You’ll be responsible for specialist equipment, consumables usage and maintenance in accordance with relevant legislation, health and safety policy and University policy, as well as the administration of systems, bookings and maintenance records.

Technicians are an integral part of the realisation of students’ work: their knowledge and experience of industry not only enables students to realise their most professional standard of work here at WCA, but it also prepares them for a smooth transition into their working life.

About you

We’re seeking a versatile and experienced costume digital embroidery specialist with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in costume or relevant subject area and/or significant experience in a similar technical role, either in industry or education or ideally both.

It is desirable for you to have relevant experience in delivering technical workshops encompassing the journey of a costume from initial idea through to realisation. Proficiency in digital embroidery is crucial. A working knowledge of other areas of theatrical and film costume making, such as pattern cutting, sewing, dyeing and millinery are desirable. A willingness to upskill is essential. You should possess excellent creative abilities in interpreting students’ ideas and suggesting solutions for their realisation as well as demonstrating competence in concept development for costume realisation.

Additionally, you should possess effective and adaptable communication skills, a good working knowledge of IT packages and the ability to manage technical resources efficiently.

Your professional competence, guidance, and advice will play an instrumental role in supporting students with their live performance projects. It will be vital for you to remain updated about digital embroidery and related techniques, whilst introducing innovative ideas and workshops to enrich the overall student journey. Furthermore, you will be responsible for offering solutions toward promoting a sustainable costume making practice focusing on re-using, re-purposing and re-cycling materials as well as effectively managing and organizing our stock.

By bringing your technical expertise, passion for teaching and learning and collaborative mindset to the role, you will contribute to creating a safe, accessible and enriching environment for students at WCA, ensuring their journey with us is second to none.

The scheduled interview date is 04/07/24 at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Should you have any questions about the role, please contact Freddie Lippi, College Technical Manager (Interim)/

Should you have any questions about the application process or require reasonable adjustments for your application, please contact KJ, Resourcing Assistant at

We are UAL

University of the Arts London (UAL) offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. We are a collegiate University spread across London with six Colleges, four Institutes and five Research Centres. UAL also has two subsidiary companies, delivering specialist activities – UAL Short Courses Ltd, and UAL Arts Temps Ltd.

We’re made up of all types of people, coming together in London, the world’s creative capital. We are designers, artists, performers, thinkers, researchers and makers. Our students, staff and graduates form a global network of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders. Together, our ideas change the world. Because the world needs creativity.

We are ranked highly across the board. We are ranked first for specialist art and design, second in the world for Art and Design in the 2023 QS World University Rankings (for the fifth year in a row), ranked fifth in sustainability and two of our colleges were rated in the top three fashion schools in the world.

Closing date: 18 June 2024, 11:55 pm


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