30 Nov 2018

Full-Time Open Rank Faculty Position in Media Arts (Animation)

Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Posted by NSMCADAnywhere

Job Description

The Media Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design invites applications for one or two faculty positions – open rank, commensurate with experience – in the Animation Program. Positioned within Media Arts along with Photography, Film, and Web & Multimedia, MCAD’s Animation BFA provides students with a broad historical perspective, fostering an appreciation of animation as an applied and fine art. Given its commitment, the Media Arts Department requires a dynamic, engaging, passionate, and energetic faculty member who is dedicated to art education and creative practice. The successful candidate will teach a full-time load of three classes per semester, advise students, provide administrative support, and serve on college committees. Courses taught may include technical and conceptual topics and issues over a broad range of levels, from Intro to Animation to Advanced Animation Seminar as well as the Foundation level Media Arts courses. The position begins mid-August 2019 and reports to the Chair of Media Arts. MCAD offers renewable, long-term contracts based on a clearly defined peer-review process.

Candidate qualifications:
Applicants should hold a Masters degree and/or demonstrate an equivalent level of professional achievement. The candidate will ideally be conversant with the production of both traditional 2D character and 3D animation, though specialization in one or the other is expected. Production experience in the areas of character design, storyboarding and concept development are desirable as well as the ability to teach conceptual and theoretical histories, readings and discussions related to the broadest definition of animation. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software, ToonBoom, Harmony, and Maya, although those with a professional level of proficiency with any of these tools should feel encouraged to apply.

Previous teaching experience is preferred but not required, although the ability to communicate and function within a highly collaborative environment is necessary.

Animation Program Description:
MCAD’s Animation program is not a specialist’s program; students receive a broad introduction to multiple conceptual, technical and material approaches. The success of this approach is now reflected in the fact that Animation is the largest of the four areas in the Media Arts department with over 100 current majors, the second largest program at MCAD. Students are initially exposed to both 2D and 3D animation techniques. After completing foundation requirements, students choose either the 2D or 3D track as well as focusing on their individual work through core curriculum courses, intensive workshops, experimental studios, client collaborations, internships and a final senior project on which they are encouraged to collaborate with their classmates. Graduates of the Animation program are ideally equipped to move into the professional world with conceptual and technical skills in the visual staging and communication of ideas.

The successful candidates will also have:
• An ability to inspire and motivate students
• Enthusiasm for innovative teaching methods such as experiential and interactive learning
• An interest in collaboration and experimental projects with studio colleagues
• An enthusiasm for building a strong program grounded in experiential and active learning
• Support for the liberal arts as an integrated curriculum with the studio program
• A communication style that recognizes multiple and diverse points of view

For full details and application instructions, visit https://mcad.edu/employment-listing/open-rank-faculty-position-media-arts-animation

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Job Categories: General. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #2D, 3D, animation, Character, Education, faculty, Professor, storyboarding, teach, teacher, and teaching. Job expires in 18 days.

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