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Assistant Professor, Master of Design in Interaction Design Program

Ranked Non-Tenure, Part Time

February 2018


Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing and literature.  The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, film, visual and critical studies, and writing.  Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school’s motto of “Make art that matters.”  Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century. 


The MDes in Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts was founded in 2015 and offers a one-year, three semester, studio-based Graduate Master of Design degree for students with a studio practice other than Interaction Design. We are an industry-leading program within the rapidly evolving field of contemporary design, working to shape the critical discourse around technology. 

The mission of CCA’s MDes in Interaction Design Program is to increase the capacity to shape, lead, and humanize with technology. We do this by training students to possess a bold mix of human-centered and leadership skills; skills that are expressively powerful, in-demand, and have increasingly high impact in the world. Our emphasis on leadership enables graduates to have greater team and organizational impact. We learn by doing, and while much of the education takes place in a studio-based, collaborative, and playful environment, a significant portion also happens in the real world. We consider the city of San Francisco as part of our campus, and we work with local non-profit community partners to practice studio skills in the local environment.

Importantly, we recognize a critical opportunity to include diverse, global, and unheard voices into the practice of interaction design so that our design responses will be more representative and in tune with societal need. With our home in the creative capital of the tech world, our faculty body consists of local design leaders and our students join us from around the world.


CCA seeks candidates for a part-time, ranked non-tenure position of Assistant Professor in the Masters of Design in Interaction Design Program, beginning in Summer 2018. The position requires a commitment to continued professional work and participation in college-wide service. 

Ranked, non-tenure faculty positions are filled by three-year renewable appointments and specifically designed for regional practitioners. Ranked, non-tenure faculty teach between three classes and four classes per year.

This position will help grow the academic and administrative rigor as the program transitions from a new to an established program. The successful candidate will demonstrate a forward-thinking view of design education and high competency in one or more of the following core program areas: contemporary leadership, community engagement, social impact, systems, prototyping, visual, UX or other core area of design. They will have a proven record of professional collaboration, leadership, and the ability to push the limits of practice.

We seek candidates who will participate in course development, program evaluation, and program administration. Successful candidates will help to hone our definition of contemporary design practice, cultivate an equitable studio environment and diverse curriculum, lead students to engage with community issues, and commit to co-creating the innovative environment of an art, design, and architecture college. The position requires a commitment to continued professional work and participation in college-wide service. Ranked, non-tenure faculty positions are filled by three-year renewable appointments and specifically designed for regional practitioners.


  • Masters or terminal degree in studio-based design, business or computer science with a minimum of five years combined teaching and professional experience in the field. A non-terminal degree with significant professional experience and record of achievement will also be considered. 
  • Evidence of leadership ability
  • Strong commitment to design education and a keen interest in industry developments 
  • Strong teaching record preferred 
  • Professional and/or educational experience in collaborative interdisciplinary contexts
  • Project-based community engagement and design writing and research are also desirable 
  • Academic administration experience preferred 


Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


The priority deadline for applications is April 1, 2018. Review of applications will begin on this date. Applications will be accepted after April 1st on a rolling basis.


Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

  • One-page cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of creative and educational philosophy, highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
  • Link to a website with examples of professional work
  • Additional images of pdfs of professional work (optional)
  • Examples of course syllabi, student work, and student evaluations from recent courses taught at the college level
  • Contact information for three professional references


As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

Making Architecture

July 9 - August 3, 2018

Making Architecture is a four-week, 3-credit, full-time summer program for college students, recent graduates, inspired professionals, and career changers considering graduate education or a career in architecture.

Led by CCA Architecture and Interior Design faculty Alda Capi, students participate in an intensive design studio that introduces techniques and skills in drawing, 3D model-making, digital fabrication and critical thinking that are central to architectural design. 

Upon completion, Making Architecture students will have a body of work that will help propel them into the next stage of their architectural careers—work that demonstrates both competency and craft with basic principles of architectural design and an understanding of the latest design and fabrication technologies.

Monday, July 9 - Friday, August 3, 2018
9am - 5pm

Summer registration fee: $50
Tuition: $3,600

Housing (optional; limited availablity):
  • Private room w/ private bath and kitchen: $2,016 ($72/night) + refundable $150 damage deposit
  • Private room within a three bedroom suite that includes a shared kitchen and bath: $1,876 ($67/night) + refundable $150 damage deposit

Priority applications are due by March 16, 2018, or until full. Those in need of housing are encouraged to apply early.

Applicants will be notified of an admission decision within two weeks of submission.

Tuition and housing payment is due upon acceptance. Placement is not guaranteed until all program and housing fees are paid in full.

This application is for general exhibition(s) and gallery usage requests for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019. 

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline was April 22. If you are applying after this date your application will still be reviewed and considered, but on-time applications will be prioritized. 

The requests will be reviewed by the Exhibitions Department and you will receive a response in May 2018. We will follow-up to either ask additional questions, propose an exhibition location/time-slot, or place you on a waitlist for gallery space. Please note, we typically receive more exhibition requests than is possible to accommodate in the schedule so not all requests will be granted—we’ve included scheduling priorities in the Guidelines document. The last few weeks of each semester, as an example, tend to be over-requested. 

Exhibition requests can be placed for departmental exhibitions, faculty organized exhibitions related to coursework, visiting faculty/artists, scholarship or award exhibitions, theme-based or curated exhibitions organized by Faculty, project based exhibitions, or presentations of work developed via industry/local partnerships.

Exhibitions for Fall 2018 will be selected based on applications received by April 22nd. We will accommodate as many spring 2019 requests as possible. If we have additional spring 2019 openings, the application will be reopened in Fall 2018 for additional requests, but we recommend requests timed to specific timeframes to be made as early as possible. 

Note: We have a new opportunity this year--Faculty may apply for Faculty Exhibition Grants of up to $1000 for organizing of a group exhibition at one of CCA’s campus galleries. This is a separate application that is available here.  

Before applying, please read through the General Exhibitions Request Guidelines

You can also view documentation images from past exhibitions here

Contact exhibitions@cca.edu with any questions.