Institute of Creativity and Innovation (ICI)

Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) in Visual Communication Design - CHINA

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LOCATION: Xiamen University, Zhangzhou Campus, China

Full Time: 36.25 hours per week

Salary: £39,347 to £54,395

We are looking for skilled creatives, designers, teachers, and researchers to join us in beautiful, sub-tropical, South-East China. The Institute of Creativity and Innovation (ICI) is a dual-degree institute founded by Xiamen University (XMU) and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We’re located on XMU’s Zhangzhou campus, which boasts a park-like atmosphere, with mountains on one side and Amoy Bay on the other. It’s a short commute to beautiful beaches, or the city of Xiamen, the multicultural centre of South-East China.

We are a motivated team of staff, with talented students in an amazing part of the world, and we are offering positions in teaching that develop students’ understanding of the craft and new technologies that create contemporary graphic design. Why not join us?

We have multiple requirements, and these will be permanent contracts. UCA offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

  • 35 days of personal holiday 
  • Enrolment in the Teacher’s pension scheme
  • Medical Insurance coverage in China for self and family
  • Visa application expenses for self and family
  • Flight cost
  • Settling-In Allowance
  • Annual repatriation (home visit) allowance
  • Free accommodation in China for self and family
  • School or Nursery/ Pre-school allowance
  • Tax advice

We enable our students to innovate through projects that inspire and challenge. The first year focuses on building fundamental abilities in both analogue and digital media. Our creative classes in typography and visual language are supported with theoretical and contextual content, as well as developing research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

While the second and third year allow student to develop more conceptual and specialised knowledge such as, digital branding, editorial design, illustration, image generation and manipulation, motion graphics, publishing and narrative, AR, VR UI and UX design. Graphic design moves fast, so as well as the old we are interested in the new and maybe that is you.

The right candidates will have a Ph.D. or a higher degree in a relevant area along with a teaching qualification or equivalent professional experience with at least two consecutive years of higher education teaching. Active research in the field or ongoing professional practice are considered assets. This position would be particularly well suited to recent PhD graduates seeking university positions and presents opportunities to develop teaching, design and/or research-oriented careers.

You will be part of a unique department at the ICI specializing in core skills shared by all disciplines. As such, the modules you teach allow the students to develop interdisciplinary skills that enhance their knowledge base that can apply to a range of personal, creative and theoretical abilities. We embrace and strongly encourage innovative and collaborative teaching styles across all our modules and encourage teachers to adapt and modify content to suit their styles and specialisms. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an institution at its inception and to contribute to its future direction and success.

By joining ICI, you will become part of the international community of designers, architects and researchers involved in visual arts, environmental studies, and new media. Our educators are involved in pioneering projects and teaching methodologies which they apply through research and mentoring practices. We are a community of ex-pats committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity within teaching and working environments.

If you would welcome an informal chat about the role before applying, or any aspect of living and working in China, please contact Mark Bellingham by email ( providing your contact details. 

Come and join a growing community of design professionals in a location that inspires creativity – you won’t be disappointed.


Please click on the link below. You will need to upload the following documents to complete the application process:

  • Your updated CV.
  • A cover letter addressing your suitability for the role 
  • Your portfolio and/or any other supporting documents that you believe would be beneficial (Optional

Priority will be given to applicants with experience working in the UK, or other countries where courses are taught in English.

Candidates must be able to meet the Chinese visa requirements. UCA will assist with obtaining a visa.

Interviews will be ongoing; this role will remain open until filled. 

At UCA, creativity and innovation are at the heart of what we do. Our legacy of educating eager and passionate artists, makers, and thinkers runs back almost 160 years, and today we’re helping shape a global future that supports and nourishes talent worldwide.

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Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) in Visual Communication Design - CHINA
300 Nanbin Avenue China Merchants Economic and Technological Development Zone Zhangzhou, China
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