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5763: Lecturer: Department of Fine Arts

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KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website:  - Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Faculty of the Humanities

Department Fine Arts

Bloemfontein Campus


Job ID: 5763

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website:  - Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • Copies of all academic records (applicable where inherently required).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID or passport in the case of foreign nationals).
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver's license (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer / last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).
  • Portfolio of artworks and a full list of exhibitions (may include artist residencies).
Duties and responsibilities:
  • Present projects in interdisciplinary art teaching with a focus on drawing, new media, graphic design, layout, and publishing and/or any of the following fields (but not limited to): printmaking, painting, sculpture, installation art.
  • Supervise senior BA Fine Arts students.
  • Supervise Master of Fine Arts postgraduate students.
  • Assess various courses and modules in Fine Arts.
  • Generate peer-reviewed creative research outputs in accordance with the requirements of University of Free State for the specific position as well as the newly introduced requirements of creative outputs set by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
  • Participate in Departmental and Faculty seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the Department.
  • Contribute to the department's community engagement projects.
  • Contribute to teaching development, teaching administration, research, and community engagement at the Department of Fine Arts.
  • Contribute to general departmental administration on joint course design and delivery in Fine Arts.
  • Fulfil all other administrative duties related to the position.
Inherent requirements:
  • A PhD in Fine Arts on NQF Level 10 (for a permanent appointment).


  • Master's degree in fine arts on NQF Level 9 (contract appointment: five years during which a PhD in Fine Arts on NQF Level 10 MUST be obtained to be converted to a permanent position).
  • Proven experience of participation in national exhibitions.
  • Proven national recognition for creative research outputs, including recognition for artworks at national art competitions.
  • Experience in supervising senior (3rd and 4th year) students in the BA Fine Arts undergraduate programme.
  • An excellent academic record.
  • Proven experience of participation in international exhibitions.
  • Proven experience of coordinating and managing a computer lab.
  • Excellent knowledge in art and design and design-related software applications, including the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier Pro, Audition).Five years' experience in teaching on undergraduate level in the Fine Arts field of study.
  • Experience in supervising Master of Fine Arts Students.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the mediums and any associated processes in interdisciplinary art, new media, drawing and optionally (will be an advantage) in printmaking, painting, sculpture and installation.
  • Exceptionally good international skills and ethical behaviour relating to staff, students, communities, art networks and environments.
  • The ability to work in group orientated environment.
  • Active participation in the South African Art scenes.
  • Experience of applying for funding and bursaries.
  • Experience in setting up evaluation plans and departmental year planning.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in new media, current technologies, camera equipment, and other digital technologies.
Required competencies:
  • Results oriented:
    • The ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
    • The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one's task.
  • Strategic thinking:
    • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
    • The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
  • Business Acumen:
    • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
    • Proficient in using MS Office.
    • Ability to teach across a range of modules and units using appropriate teaching learning methods, assessment methods and technology.
    • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a shared supervision environment or group tuition scenario.
    • Ability to demonstrate existence of a proven record of excellent human relationships skills and a collaborative problem-solving orientation.
    • Ability to engage critically with all undergraduate BA Fine Arts students from first to fourth year.
  • Leading:
    • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy, and enthusiasm.
    • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • Building coalitions
    • The ability to negotiate, sell, influence and to persuade others.
    • The ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.

Assumption of duties: 01 August 2024

Closing date: 16 June 2024

Salary: The salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits:
(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9813 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9857 / 9810 / 9814 for assistance.


The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at : EEA13_EE Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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