Short Course Tutor

Job Description

The Schools of: 1.Art and Design, 2.Arts and Humanities, 3.Architecture, Design and Built Environment run an impressive portfolio of short courses that take place during the daytimes, evenings, weekends and summer holidays.

Renowned for the quality of our teaching and research, we offer a vibrant atmosphere that encourages creativity and experimentation, and with this in mind we wish to engage a local, national and international audience in this programme of short courses, whether beginners, portfolio builders, those considering new career opportunities or professionals.

Experienced tutors are required to help build our course portfolio.

We're especially interested to hear from experienced tutors who can offer innovative courses that explore new technology, technical making skills and current thinking – subjects that will make a difference to a person’s CV and raise their personal or professional aspirations.

Our courses fit into the following categories:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Fashion, Textiles and Costume
  • Film and Video
  • Fine and Decorative Arts
  • Game Arts
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Ideas and Creative Thinking
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism and Media
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Photography
  • Product and 3D Design.

These courses are for adult learners; however, we also welcome ideas for courses for 15 – 17 year olds that we run during the summer holidays.

You can read about the courses at

You'll design, manage and organise your short course and undertake associated administrative responsibilities.

As a confident practitioner with good interpersonal skills, you should be able to relate to short course customers and engage them with the subject area and learning objectives.

The courses will be fee paying - so an emphasis on customer service and value for money is paramount.

The successful applicants will help customers navigate their specialist subject to maximise academic and/or professional development.

Therefore, we're looking for individuals with an enthusiastic approach who can make a positive contribution.

You'll have proven knowledge and skills in your field, an awareness of related activities, resources and events in the East Midlands and ideally you'll have experience of working in industry.

Proposal Submission Process: If you've an idea for a short course and would like to submit a proposal, the application process is as follows:

  1. Create your short course proposal. This can be a Word or pdf document. You can find guidance notes below.
  2. Complete the online application form and attach your course proposal document.
  3. You will then be contacted regarding your proposal and, if it is deemed potentially feasible, invited to meet to discuss the proposal in more detail.

For informal enquiries please contact Aimee Bollu, Short Course Administrator on +44 (0)115 848 2813 or by email at

Deadline for Submission: The programme of Creative Short Courses is being developed on a continual basis, and therefore the deadline for submission of proposals is on-going.

Management Fee: As a Short Course Tutor you will receive a management fee for preparing and delivering your short course. This will be discussed and negotiated with Steve Whalley, following approval of your short course proposal.

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UK Visas & Immigration to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK.