Associate Lecturer: Drawing & Narrative (Full-time) (Centurion)

  • Full Time
  • Centurion
  • Applications have closed.

Website Open Window

Fully accredited private higher education offering Postgraduate Degrees & Degrees in Creative Fields.


DEPARTMENT: Fundamentals
Position:  Associate Lecturer: Drawing & Narrative (full-time)

The Open Window (OW) is an accredited private higher education institution recognised for setting innovative standards in the field of visual arts and digital sciences. Founded in 1994, OW has a focus on providing a unique tertiary platform where practice-led tuition links traditional fine art practice with the applied arts. Emphasis is placed on continual innovation within curricula to maintain relevance in the rapidly evolving creative arts industries. Many Open Window lecturers, in addition to their academic roles, are actively engaged in creative practice – and we encourage our lecturers to maintain their industry links. Our investment in highly qualified and industry-relevant staff is deemed critical in directing our students in work-integrated learning projects of value. 

Department of Fundamentals at Open Window

The successful candidate will join enthusiastic academics and professionals in The Open Window’s Fundamentals Department, which oversees subjects like Academic Practice, Media Perspectives, Drawing & Narrative, Film Theory, Visual Culture, Research Foundation and Professional Practice.
These subjects are relevant to and attended by students from all four schools at Open Window: Animation Arts, Creative Technologies, Film Arts and Visual Communication. 

Drawing & Narrative at Open Window

The Drawing & Narrative subject balances important technical drawing skills with creative application and communication of story and narrative. The subject teaches students how to communicate visually using drawing, which can also serve as a method to convey storytelling. 

For the Associate lecturer in Drawing & Narrative, there is also a need for the candidate to offer support to the level 1 theory subjects such as Media Perspectives and Academic Practice since these are large subjects which around 300+ students are enrolled for per subject per year.
For these subjects, occasional assistance can for example take the form of additional student feedback during writing workshops, and/or hosting student group feedback or Q&A sessions. 

Software Requirements:

  • Basic understanding of office and administrative software such as Microsoft Word and Excel. At Open Window we make use of the Google Suite software such as Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides. If the candidate is more familiar with Microsoft Office software and not Google Suite software, this is no concern since the skills applied to Microsoft software are transferable to the Google Suite software.


Associate Lecturers at The Open Window are employed to undertake facilitation (teaching) and administrative duties within a specialist subject area. Associate Lecturers are ranked below lecturers at Open Window, and work to assist lecturers within the subject. Associate Lecturers will not be involved in Assessment / Assessment Design, Curriculum Development / Curriculum Design – as these fall into the responsibility of the Lecturer/Subject Manager.

  • Facilitation of learning: Teach at an undergraduate level in the subject(s)
  • Course documentation: Provide students with course-related notes, briefs and other documents
  • Student support: Mentor students and provide ongoing support
  • Event participation: Attend and participate in Open Window-related events and initiatives such as Open Days, departmental events
  • Ideation and discussion: Participation in strategic initiatives related to teaching, creative production, research and social engagement
  • Workflow and Process: General proficiency in digital office tools, specifically Google Suite and Google Sheets.


  • Good interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivation and regulation
  • Enthusiasm towards the subject(s) and field(s)
  • Display a good grasp of the industry (locally and internationally) as well as the discourse related to the field
  • Capable of working in a team (very important)
  • Be able to cope under pressure, follow instructions and meet deadlines
  • Be dynamic, adaptable, and a creative thinker with administrative skills


  • A relevant Degree (or NQF  7 equivalent) 
  • An up-to-date portfolio showing relevant practical work 

Added advantages for this position:

  • In-depth general knowledge of the field of drawing, and the value of drawing skills when entering a creative pursuit (a drawing portfolio may be requested)
  • Any prior experience in the documentation of drawings or visual work (via photography or scanning software)
  • Experience in tutoring/lecturing of both practical and theory subjects
  • Strong conceptual considerations and practical experience 
  • General knowledge of how drawing is an important foundation for Animation Arts, Film Arts, Creative Technologies and Visual Communication
  • There is also a need for the candidate to offer support to the level 1 theory subjects. Thus, interest in theory/discourse is an added advantage.


R260 000 – R280 000 (negotiable)
No additional benefits are on offer, other than a Retirement Annuity which Open Window contributes towards.
The annual remuneration package is negotiable and will be commensurate with the incumbent’s overall experience and qualification level, as communicated through the application in relation to Open Window’s policies and procedures. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 July 2024

To apply please send your CV, Portfolio (web links to online work or PDF no larger than 20MB) and motivational cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to:

SUBJECT MANAGER: Drawing and Narrative, Dalene Meyer

Please note

  • In support of the company’s Employment Equity plan, applicants from designated groups are encouraged to apply. 
  • No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements. 
  • Should you not receive a response within two months after the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful. 
  • The Open Window reserves the right to retract the position advertised without notice. 
  • As your application is likely to contain personal information, the documents will be handled according to OW POPIA policies, and the information will be shared with HR, interview panels, and the Academic Executive.