Deputy Art Director

South Bank, London
£35,000 per annum, pro rata, paid by credit transfer on the 15th of each month
02 Jul 2012
16 Jul 2012
Contract Types
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Job Functions

Our Purpose

The National Theatre is dedicated to the constant revitalisation of the great traditions of the British stage and to expanding the horizons of audiences and artists alike. In its three theatres on the South Bank in London, it presents an eclectic mix of new plays and classics from the world repertoire with seven or eight productions in repertory at any one time. The National Theatre aspires to reflect in its repertoire the diversity of the nation’s culture. With a commitment to openness, wide reaching engagement and access for everyone, the National shares its resources, energy and creativity with audiences and theatre-makers around the globe; using its Studio for research and development of new work, offering extensive learning and public engagement programmes, touring and broadcasting in the UK and internationally, and creating innovative digital and content.

Our Vision

The National Theatre of Great Britain strives to be a national centre of theatrical arts, central to the creative life of the country and unmatched in the world for scale, range of repertoire and audience reach. It aspires to produce to the highest standards by attracting the best artists and staff and by providing an environment which stimulates them to realise the fullest extent of their talents. Education and public engagement are founding principles for the NT and are central to our vision of the future.

Our Objectives

The National’s core aim is to present a balanced artistic programme, staging around 20 productions a year from the whole of world drama.

Through our repertoire, the NT seeks to represent the widest range of voices and is tireless in trying to reach more people.

We aim to be an inspirational, internationally recognised resource for lifelong learning about and through theatre, opening up the theatre, its repertoire, skills, resources and artistry to people of all ages.

The NT operates in a financially and environmentally responsible manner, whilst being open to ideas and innovation and to all the possibilities that a thriving creative environment can imagine and achieve.

As a national theatre, the NT takes responsibility for fostering the health of the wider British theatre.

These objectives underpin NT Future, the National's £70million redevelopment scheme, which is described in the 2010/11 Annual Report Alongside the exciting plans around NT Future, the National will also celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013, meaning the next few years at the National will be exhilarating and packed full of unique opportunities for the right candidate.


The Graphics Department designs and produces all the print and digital media to meet every need for the NT, working closest with the Marketing department to produce publicity and promotional material for
all the shows in the NT’s three theatres and on tour, plus West End transfers and our broadcasts into cinemas around the world. It also provides extensive support for the initiatives of the Learning and Development (fundraising) departments, as well as Catering, Bookshop, Platforms and Watch This Space.

The department’s remit stretches from traditional poster and programme design, to websites, microsites, online games and mobile apps, to short films and animated teasers.

From time to time the department liaises with external companies to advise upon and co-produce any graphics requirements.

Purpose of Job

To help and facilitate the Art Director in producing and developing the visual creation of all non-production based creative media across the National Theatre. To help the Art Director establish the conceptual and stylistic direction of the National Theatre’s branding, and create successful concepts across all platforms and devices. To work closely with and for the Art Director and the Marketing Director, to ensure that the work fulfils any overall NT strategies established. To line manage members of the Graphics department, and deputise in all areas in the absence of the Art Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Under the direction of the Art Director, to develop creative design solutions for all the NT’s graphics needs. Working specifically with the Director of Marketing/ Deputy Marketing Director on production based designs.

2. To liaise with other NT departments and advise/realise their various and varying projects.

3. To help the Art Director maintain the NT’s brand, and be help ensure it’s future development, and that of any sister companies / brands.

4. To line manage 5 members of the NT’s graphics team and hire, train and creatively direct and appraise staff members and their work within it.

5. To oversee the Studio Manager in the departments scheduling requirements, and ensure all projects are completed on time.

6. To orchestrate and oversee the work of various photographers and suppliers to the graphics and marketing departments.

7. To deputise for the Art Director on their absence.

8. To keep abreast of all the latest technology in the different printing processes, web/internet innovations, Apple Mac computers and software.

9. To undertake training as deemed necessary by your manager.

10. To support the National’s communication objectives by sharing information with your manager, team and colleagues as appropriate, whilst respecting confidentiality, so that you and your colleagues have all the information needed to perform your duties effectively.

11. To comply with the National’s Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety policies at all times.

Person Specification

The post-holder must have the following:

1. A proven ability to consistently realise multiple creative design solutions for consecutive and simultaneous briefs, whilst retaining an eye for detail and excellent typographic skills.

2. Ability to work under pressure and prioritise a large and varied personal workload along side that of the team.

3. Knowledge of media production, communication and dissemination techniques and methods.

4. Have strong leadership and communication skills at all levels.

5. Experience of working within an Apple Macintosh environment with Quark Xpress and all of
Adobe’s Creative Suite.

6. Knowledge of all the various digital publishing and conventional printing processes.

Smoking Policy

Please note that the National Theatre is a no-smoking building.

Outline of Terms and Conditions

(3 Sept 2012 – 30 August 2013)

HOURS: 35 hours per week from 10.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, although additional hours will be as necessary in order to fulfill the requirements of the

SALARY: £35,000 per annum, pro rata, paid by credit transfer on the 15th of each month.

ANNUAL LEAVE: 20 days in the first year, pro rata, increasing with length of service thereafter.


NOTICE PERIOD: 3 months (1 month during probationary period)

PENSION: The National Theatre operates a Stakeholder Pension scheme with Legal & General, which you will be eligible to join after 12 weeks of employment. As the terms of the scheme are currently under review, you will be contacted by the HR Department within 12 weeks of your start date with information regarding the terms available to you

1. complimentary tickets for performances, subject to availability and the National’s staff ticket policy;

2. staff canteen

3. discount for meals in the National’s two restaurants, Mezzanine and Terrace Café, subject to discount policy

4. discount on the majority of books and play texts available from the National’s bookshop, subject to discount policy

Appointment Procedure

Please note that applications can only be considered if they are submitted on the National’s standard application form, and returned by the closing date using one of the following methods:


Fax: 020 7452 3270

Post: Personnel Department, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX.

The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is: 12 Midday Monday 16 July 2012

The National Theatre is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer

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