The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is looking for a:

Theory Teacher VAV-moving image, 0,1207fte  (M/F/X)

The organisation

The Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) is a small-scale, independent internationally oriented university of applied sciences for visual arts and design. The GRA consists of the Rietveld Academie (Bachelor's education (BA), divided into 14 departments, the Sandberg Institute (Master's education (MA), divided into 7 departments), the Lectorate Art & Spatial Praxis (LASP) and 23 workshops. The academy has around 850 students and 130 course participants. The students come from 55 different countries, making the academy a diverse community. 

200 teachers are attached to the entire academy, most of whom are also independent artists or designers or have a practice linked to the artistic field as contemplators or theorists. 

The academy is characterised by research-based and experimental art education, where (head) teachers, workshop staff, students, and staff together shape and give substance to education and research. Diversity and inclusion, ecology, and sustainability are important priorities of the GRA and therefore guide the actions of the members of the academy community.

The academy has a code of conduct and asks students and staff to uphold it. You can find the code of conduct here.

The VAV-moving image department

The VAV-moving image department focuses on the development of moving images. In contemporary fine art, the concept of the moving image has developed into one of the most important expressive mediums. The professional art world produces films and videos with their dynamics and signature.

We encourage research across various disciplines, such as film, video, sound, animation, performance, and installations, where videos are combined with 2-D and 3-D works. It is precisely on this interface between image and sound, analogue and digital, factual, and fantastic that unique works can be created.

Film, video, and digital images, and all their crossovers, are continuously developing. This means that the curriculum is geared toward research, experimentation, and innovation. It follows a clear structure, moving consecutively from developing ideas to products in progress, and subsequently to final results. These are discussed in relation to each other, both in group discussions and individual talks. The department provides a variety of projects, film workshops, and instruction in software programs that are important for the various disciplines.

Theoretical research is conducted from a critical and inclusive perspective. This mentality enables students to explore specific substantive themes of their choice, and to find a way to clearly articulate their position as artists in the cultural landscape and the world we are living in today.

What will you do?

The VAV - moving image department is looking for a theory teacher who excels in new media art, artistic research, audiovisual arts, video art, film history with a clear communication style and the ability to inspire and engage students. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of these subjects and can effectively simplify complex concepts, promote critical thinking, and offer individualized guidance to help students connect with the subjects. The ideal candidate should possess strong communication skills, patience, and a passion for empowering students to think critically.

What profile do you have?

· Specialized theoretical background with expertise and passion for audiovisual arts, art and research, and film history.

· Knowledge and understanding of developments in the field of audiovisual art, fine arts and film based on personal experience in your own professional practice.

· Strong in content and able to transfer this content to students through enthusiasm and guidance.

· Being able to help students develop critical thinking and communication skills

· Skills in designing and organizing educational implementation in accordance with the curriculum.

· Experience with and knowledge of diversity and inclusiveness in relation to the target group.

· Experience in a similar position as a teacher and/or demonstrable strong qualities.

· Command of the English language in word and writing.

· Preferably a relevant academic education.

The didactical approach at the Rietveld Academie builds on three important premises:

1. Students take an autonomous and responsible role in their own learning. Teachers offer opportunities for learning and coach students during their journey.

2. A healthy and safe feedback culture is a prerequisite for the learning environment that the Rietveld Academie aims to offer. Giving and receiving feedback is part of the daily interaction of the students and teachers, aiming to avoid unwanted power dynamics. 

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3. The Rietveld Academie fosters an inclusive learning environment that stands for connection, transparency, clear communication, and attention to the diverse learning styles of students.

Terms of employment

· According to the Collective Labor Agreement for Higher Professional Education (CAO-HBO), the position is graded in a scale 11 (job profile Teacher which has a maximum of € 5.936,77 gross per month on the basis of a full-time appointment (40 hours per week). The offered grading salary is determined on the basis of knowledge and experience. 

· Fringe benefits including vacation pay (8%), a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a very generous number of vacations, travel allowance from 10 kilometers commuting distance, a pension plan (employer pays 70% of the premium) and development opportunities such as obtaining a master's or didactic degree. 

· A year contract based on 0,1207 fte / 200 hours to be worked per year. This position has a maximum temporary duration of 2 or 4 years (depending on the professional status), with the perspective of a contract for an indefinite period of time in case of proven suitability and sufficient capacity. 

· If not resident in the Netherlands, an RNI/BSN number (non-resident registration) is required, regardless of the form of contract. HR checks this before hiring.


This vacancy has been published (simultaneously) internally (and externally). In case of equal suitability, internal candidates have priority over external candidates.

Applications accompanied by a motivation letter of maximum 2 pages and a curriculum vitae should be addressed to

The response deadline closes on 3 March 2024. The start date of this vacancy is March 2024 for one year with a possible extension of function. 

For more information about the application please contact Anja Masling, Simone Bennett and Mariken Overdijk at


The Gerrit Rietveld Academie warmly welcomes candidates from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities. We see diversity as a strength and an inclusive environment that reflects the diversity of the city and the field as prerequisite for beneficial learning.