McGhee - Art and Design - Perth, WA, Australia

Kirsty McGhee

Perth, WA, Australia


Art and Design


Have taught/lectured inart and design for approximately 18 years.

Have personally expanded 2 courses in Manchester UK.

Have managed 10 staff.

Work History

Customer Services Officer

Department of Housing

September 2012 - January 2013

Housing Support
It was necessary to provide ongoing service to customers. Direct contact with customers was necessary when they were enquiring about possible financial problems, housing issues and sometimes complaints regarding neighbours, domestic violence, disruptive behaviour etc. Working as part of a team, sometimes work could become quite challenging, especially when customers became some-what aggressive and threatening. I was able to deal with this effectively due to my previous experience. Overall, I dealt with a variety of people, of all different age groups and cultures, in particular, indigenous people.

Course Leader

City College, City Campus

September 2004 - November 2010

National Diploma Art and Design.
I personally expanded the National Diploma Art and Design course in the centre of Manchester. I taught students from approximately 16 to 25 years old. I have 100% success pass/grades for all of my students, whereby they attained not only top grades/results, but all students gained places to the University of their choice. Having expanded the course it became necessary for me to employ and manage ten other members of staff to teach specialist areas of art and design. Teaching included, fine art, life drawing, ceramics, sculpture, 3 dimensional design, fashion, textiles, graphic design, History of Art and two formal exhibitions of students work each year. Interview techniques, answering the phone etc. were also a vital part of my teaching, to enhance students awareness of good business practice.

Teacher of Art

Moorside High School

April 2004 - July 2004

Taught Year 7 - Year 11 Art and Design (all areas). Designated Year 9 tutor.

Supply Teacher

various schools

January 2004 - April 2004

Teacher of Art

St. Albans High School for Girls

September 2002 - December 2003

Taught Year 7 to Year 13 including AS, A2 and GCSE Art and Design. Was personally responsible for expanding three-dimensional studies within the department. In addition to this, I taught Enrichment Studies to Year 12 pupils and ran an after-school Art Club. Designated Year 8 Tutor.

Teacher of Visual Arts

Macarthur Anglican School

January 2000 - September 2002

Taught Visual Arts, from Year 7 through to Year 13 pupils. Areas taught included Painting and Drawing, Design, Sculpture, Graphics, Photography, IT and the History of Art. In addition, I was personally responsible for the establishment/ implementation and teaching of IGCSE in Art (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Taught art within the Primary Department of the school. Was also responsible for teaching a variety of sports such as soft ball, roller skating, abseiling, rock climbing etc.

Head of Art and Design

The King David Jewish High School

November 1998 - November 1999

(Maternity Cover)
Taught Year 7 to Year 13 Art and Design. Full administration of all of the Art and Design needs in this state Jewish school was undertaken, as well as the management of two other members of staff. Knowledge and understanding of the Jewish Religion up to and including Orthodox Judaism was necessary.

Make-up artist & beauty consultant

April 1997 - April 1998

for Clarins skin care and make-up.

Teacher/Lecturer/All rounder

See Later

December 1995 - August 1997

Working holiday in Australia. (See Later)

Teacher Responsible for Art, Head of Physical Education

Manchester Islamic High School for Girls

October 1993 - December 1995

Responsible for teaching Art at GCSE level to Muslim girls. Knowledge and understanding of the Islamic culture were an essential part of my teaching.
Additional responsibilities as Head of P.E. whereby I was responsible for the well-being of all the pupils' health and physical education within the school.
In addition to this I was a Year 9 Tutor. Taught Art and Physical Education to Primary School
Children of the school which was based at a different sight.

Art Lecturer

Manchester Adult Education

January 1992 - December 1995

Taught Adult Education to all abilities/disabilities, ages, cultures etc. Personally developed and expanded the evening courses available in the North Manchester area. Taught 'A' Level Art and Design, GCSE Art and Design, and a leisure class in Art. During this period I also acted as a Private tutor in English and Mathematics.



September 1992 - September 1993

Crupier, dealing card and working on the black jack table

Graphic Designer/Administrator

November 1990 - December 1991

Senior First Aid Certificate.
Ceramics course in 'how to use the potter's wheel' completed at Cambelltown Art Gallery, Australia.
Black & white photography course, UK and Australia.
Produce and exhibit personal artwork for exhibitions.

. Worked for Clarins, cosmetics and makeup, UK, in Harvey Nichols, London, whilst studying at Cambridge University.
. Worked as a bar person/manager for the Radisson Hotel, WA, whilst on a working visa in Australia.
. Worked in a Wine bar whilst studying for my BA, in Art and Design.
. Worked for Granada TV, Manchester, as a runner.
. Worked as an intern for Connecticut News, in America.
. Worked for Habitat, a household furniture/interior design shop.
. Worked for Freeman Hardy Willis shoe shop.

Qualifications & Certifications

Art and Design

Staffordshire University


Cambridge University

Art and Design Foundation

North Manchester Further Education College

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, French, Home Economics, Art

Our Lady's High School

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