Programme Leader (BA(Hons) Design for Social Futures)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Apr 2023

LASALLE College of the Arts is Asia’s leading contemporary arts and design institution with 30 diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in arts and design. LASALLE provides a nurturing, interdisciplinary learning environment to inspire the next generation of forward-looking, globally engaged artists, designers and leaders of creative industries. Its faculty comprises a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers whose practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. LASALLE is ranked within the top 151-200 institutions globally for art and design (QS World University Rankings 2023). LASALLE is part of the new University of the Arts Singapore which will open its doors for its first-degree intake in 2024.

Programme Leader (BA(Hons) Design for Social Futures)

Design is a key cultural and social engine to propel the future of economies and engage with emerging communities in societies. The Faculty of Design at LASALLE, a leader in design education in Southeast Asia, propositions a curriculum focused on the needs of tomorrow. The Faculty trains highly skilled (digital, aesthetic, technical) graduates as creative disruptors, out-of-the-box thinking practitioners and enterprising designers for a new world.

The Faculty of Design is launching an exciting new programme to meet the needs of both Singapore and global creative sectors.

We are looking for a dynamic design and educational leader to lead the BA(Hons) Design for Social Futures programme, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. With a targeted first intake in 2024, subject to statutory approvals, the programme aims to be a platform to enable emerging designers to locate their own causes, giving voice to their approach to designing their social and creative futures.

Located in the School of Spatial and Product Design, the programme will cover design areas of service design, user interface and user-experience design, information and data, social design, transformative systems, digital content and narrative design and environments. The programme will focus on creative leadership, global trend forecasting, breaking existing systems and codes and addressing how design can be a meaningful trigger for emerging environments and influence design systems and launch dynamic new approaches to design.

The Programme Leader will be responsible for the programme’s strategic and operational matters. Key responsibilities will include curriculum development, planning and coordination of classes, and managing students’ projects and exhibitions. You will also manage the programme efficiently within the allotted resources and budget, which includes the selection and management of part-time staff and a range of visiting artists. The role requires the successful candidate to undertake some teaching in the programme while actively furthering staff professional development, practice and research.

Individuals with an established professional practice and research profile in the above design areas are welcome to apply.


  • A postgraduate qualification, preferably at the Ph.D. level, with substantial professional practice in a relevant field.
  • At least 10 years of tertiary-level teaching experience with at least five years of full-time professional experience.
  • Experience in teaching design within a multicultural context and an awareness of design cultures and practices in Singapore and Southeast Asia are desirable.
  • At least seven years or the equivalent in course/programme management and the supervision and development of teaching staff.
  • Proven ability in managing curriculum planning, programme budget and programme delivery.
  • Good analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to engage students through a range of delivery modes.
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team and collaborate with colleagues at all levels.
  • Good pastoral care skills.
  • A positive attitude to research in design and educational fields, preferably a personal research profile and the ability to mentor emerging researchers.

Please submit your letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and any relevant supporting materials, indicating current and expected salary, by e-mail to or in writing (stating clearly the position applied on the envelope) to:

Director & Chief Human Resource Officer
Division of Human Resources & Organisation Development
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street
Singapore 187940 

Closing date is 30 April 2023 or until position is filled.

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We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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