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Chinese Ice Box

Zoe Van-de-Velde

Zoe lives high above Leicester, looking down upon the ancient city.  Zoe spends her days reading about and creating obscure photographs. When she is not hiding behind her Polaroid, Zoe teaches Art, Design & Media.  She hopes one day that she will be able to move into academic obscurity by writing a PhD on the transformational image and invoking the spirit of Bataille in an act of sacred sacrifice. 

Zoe has a first degree in Media & English from DMU. She also has achieved an MA with Distinction in Creative Media Arts (Photography) from London South Bank University.  Zoe's film 'Let's Eat Hair' was shown at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester. Zoe continues to make photographs and writes creatively. 

Work Experience

October 2014 - Present

Head of Art, Design & Media

DMU International College

Created, developed and managed Art, Design & Media for International Year Zero Art & Design and Media, and International Incorporated Masters Art & Design programmes at DMU International College. Developing academic strategies that can be applied smartly to fast-paced college that teaches four terms per year.  Managing and evolving curriculum for students with a wide range of progression routes including fashion, architecture, interior design, drama, visual effects, film, animation, graphic design, journalism and photography and video.

July 2010 - March 2015

July 2010 - October 2013

Lead Tutor: Arts Curriculum

Leicester Adult Education College

Developed and managed curriculum, tutors, and staff, and managed resources and teaching spaces.  Created and managed City & Guilds Photography, Studio Photography courses, and a range of non-accredited photography courses.

Writer & Editor

Online Content Sites

Proposing, writing and editing content for various online sites including; Constant Content, EHow and Bright Hub. Highly proficient use of SEO information and completed in House Style

Subjects included: Photography, Photo Editing and Skills, Art & Artists, Education, Nature, Parenting, Women's History, Lifestyle, Critical Theory, Student Life, Religion

September 2007 -September 2010

Adult Tutor

Leicestershire Adult Learning & Skills

Developed, taught and assessed courses in Drama and Communication studies for students with learning challenges and physical and behavioural issues. Developed, taught and assessed OCR courses in Photography and Photoshop. As a member of IFL completed Reflective practice throughout and gained QTLS status through IFL. Developed digital resources for own and other curriculum areas and was an E-Learning Champion teaching tutors digital skills for education. Managed support staff in classroom and behavioural issues.



Master of Arts: Creative Media Arts - Photography

London South Bank University

Gained a Distinction, Master of the Arts, studying philosophy and photography. Created a book ‘From Domestic to Disturbing…' as part of final production. Final Dissertation; ‘A discourse on Georges Bataille's sovereignty and its application to photography and art'.


PGCE: PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education

Leicester College/Bedfordshire University

Obtained certificate to teach post-compulsory Education. Also gained QTLS status through the IFL.


Bachelor of Arts : Arts & Humanities Joint Media & English

De Montfort University

Gained a 2.1 Joint Degree in Media and English particularly concentrating on photography and the arts created a short film 'Let's Eat Hair' which was shown at the New Works Festival in Leicester at The Phoenix Cinema. My photographic work was also shown in an exhibition of Artists' Books

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