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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Assistant Professor, Animation Program

Non-Tenure, Part Time

 

COLLEGE

 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. 

 

PROGRAM SUMMARY 

The Animation Program at California College of the Arts educates students in the art of storytelling through animation. Our students develop a personal voice and practical expertise by exploring a wide range of classes centered on pre-production, production, traditional character animation, and digital technical skills. The program's course of study focuses on skill building and collaborative animation production that includes: intensive animation exercises, character and performance study, narrative storytelling, personal expression, and interactive media. CCA is expanding curriculum in game areas, particularly independent and fine arts related game design. Our program offers an intensive hands-on production experience coupled with a broad exposure to the liberal arts, and prepares our students for a lifetime of creative work.  We nurture individual talents and skills while striving to merge new technologies with traditionally proven methods. Our faculty members bring a diverse teaching style and a broad range of real world experience, which allows them to train and inspire our students to become leaders in the field of animation. More information about the Animation Program can be found at: https://www.cca.edu/fine-arts/animation/.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Fine Arts Division at CCA invites animators and game artists to apply for a ranked non-tenure position in Animation. This position will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning fall 2019. Candidates should be deeply engaged with the fundamentals of animation, articulate in the classroom, astute during critiques, and interested in animation and/or game as a form of cinematic or interactive storytelling. They should be aware of contemporary studio and artistic practices and be able to effectively teach to a diverse group of students across all levels of the undergraduate experience. Candidates should be dedicated to mentoring animation and/or game’s future creative leaders and preparing them to assume vital roles in studio-based entertainment animation, contemporary cinema art practice, and game arenas.

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their statements of teaching philosophy, candidates should address their proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. 

This position will be expected to teach 3 to 4 classes per year in some combination of one of the following:

  • 2D animation, visual development, storytelling, 3D animation, 3D digital modeling and rigging, stop-motion, or other animation courses
  • Game design, game play, game theory, game related production, either games themselves, or animation or creation of game assets
  • first year program entry level studio tools

In addition, responsibilities include participating in program meetings, curriculum design, admissions, serving on college committees, and other college-wide service.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced degree or equivalent professional experience  
  • Prior college-level teaching experience in the appropriate area

Familiarity with either:  

  • Contemporary Animation modes, including studio, festival, or contemporary animated cinema, and a record of professional excellence

OR

  • Contemporary Game development, including game design and play for commercial, independent, or fine arts applications

Specific skills and knowledge are needed in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Traditional Animation, Digital 2D Animation, 3D Character Modeling, 3D Character Animation, Character Rigging, Storytelling, Storyboarding, the Production Pipeline, Character Design, and Cinema Language 

OR

  • Game Design, Game Play/Theory, Asset Creation for Game, Animation for Game

 

SALARY

Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The priority deadline for consideration is April 12, 2019. 

The review of applications will be ongoing and materials will be kept for future possibilities unless applicants indicate otherwise.  


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

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

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration
  • Artist statement/Statement addressing professional practice
  • Portfolio/Reel - 15-20 images and/or 10 mins of video
  • Contact information for three professional references

Samples of student work, course descriptions and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.  


EEO Statement

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.

Ends on April 5, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entrant must be a full-time student enrolled in a degree-seeking program during the spring semester and must plan to enroll as a full-time student in the fall. Students expecting to graduate in spring or summer semesters are ineligible. (Note: Continuing Comics students are eligible as long as they are enrolled in 6 units during the fall semester.)
  • Entrant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and in good academic standing.
  • Recipients of the Hamaguchi Award are ineligible to compete in the visual works category.

Award recipients must be enrolled full-time at the college in the fall semester; otherwise, the award is relinquished and granted to the next honorable mention recipient in the category. 

Graduate Means of Entry

Merit prizes are awarded based on a juried portfolio review. Enrolled graduate students are eligible to submit portfolios for this one-year prize. Recipients must be in good academic standing and enrolled full time for the fall semester following the competition.

Entries should contain six to ten high resolution images in pdf or jpeg format. Files must follow this naming convention: piece name/title/identifier, student name, student ID number, and competition of entry (ex. Image Name_Fiona.Staples_1234567_ACH_Comics)

Ends on April 26, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entrant must be a full-time student enrolled in a degree-seeking program during the spring semester and must plan to enroll as a full-time student in the fall. Students expecting to graduate in spring or summer semesters are ineligible. (Note: Continuing Comics students are eligible as long as they are enrolled in 6 units during the fall semester.)
  • Entrant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and in good academic standing.
  • Recipients of the Hamaguchi Award are ineligible to compete in the visual works category.

Award recipients must be enrolled full-time at the college in the fall semester; otherwise, the award is relinquished and granted to the next honorable mention recipient in the category.Graduate Means of EntryMerit prizes are awarded based on a juried portfolio review. Enrolled graduate students are eligible to submit portfolios for this one-year prize. Recipients must be in good academic standing and enrolled full time for the fall semester following the competition.

How to Apply

Scroll down to the “ACH: Writing 2019” submission manager on Submittable. Submissions will be accepted from March 4 - April 26 2019. After April 26, the submission manager will close and no more work will be considered.

Entries should not exceed 15 pages and should be uploaded in PDF, doc, or docx format. Files must follow this naming convention: title, genre, student name, student ID number, and competition of entry (ex. Salvador_Prose_Joan.Didion_1234567_ACH_Writing)

This application is for travel between: 15 MAY 2019 through 15 MAY 2019

Deadline for applications: 1 MAY 2019

Notification of decision: 15 MAY (approximate)

ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED.


Overview

Faculty Development Grants (formerly the travel and professional grants) are intended to support faculty in their growth as instructors and professionals in their fields. Faculty Development Grants will replace both the travel and professional development grants to streamline the process and provide greater opportunity to faculty. Any faculty member (except visiting and distinguished professors) may apply for the FDG in any of the three rounds of proposals. The funds may be used to support any of the following activities:

  • Travel to a conference, training or workshop (airfare, lodging, rental car, mileage, public transportation)
  • Registration fee for a conference, training or workshop
  • Subscription or access costs for professional work
  • Production or materials costs for professional work
  • Payment for services connected to your professional work, if it can be invoiced

Faculty Development Grants may not be used to reimburse faculty for their own time or work.  The maximum award amount is $2,500. Faculty may apply at each round, but may only be awarded one grant per year. Selected proposals will be funded at their full proposed amount, up to $2,500K. FDG grants are not retroactive and cannot cover expenses already spent. However, faculty may apply during any round for expenses planned up to 12 months after the awards are made. Faculty must submit reimbursement documentation within two weeks post travel (for travel-related expenses) or two weeks of expenditure (for all other expenses). Upon notification of award, awardees must meet in person with the Manager of Academic Affairs to receive clearance to use their funds. 

Please see the Faculty Development Grant web page for further information regarding selection and evaluation criteria. 

Deadline for application: 30 May 2019

Travel window: 15 June 2019 – 15 September 2019

Notifications sent: 15 June 2019 (approximate)

​Report and expenses due: Two weeks post travel


CCA Student Travel Grants are awarded to select student applicants to help fund

travel related to their coursework. Funding may go towards speaking at a

conference, conference attendance, or research-related travel, and a clear

correlation between the trip and the student applicant’s studies at CCA must be

made. This grant is not for travel expenses related to study abroad courses.


The maximum award for an individual travel grant is $500. The grants are

competitive; not all students applying for a grant will receive one.


Grants are for travel that has yet to occur at the time of submission. (Retroactive

grants will not be awarded.)


During the time span of June 3 - August 5, two of the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries (131 and 141 Hubbell Street) in San Francisco will be activated as a site for two recent alumnx (graduating years 2009-2019) to use as a space to create and publicly present an exhibition, project, performance, workshop, or collection of work. This year the residency coincides with the 2019 CCA Alma Mater alumni exhibition, offering an exciting opportunity for large-scale public interaction. Residents will be required to engage with the public in some active form during the exhibition opening reception hours on June 15 from 3:00-6:00 PM. At the end of the residency, the CCA Exhibitions department will host an open studio event for the residency recipients (date TBD). Each resident recipient will be awarded a $500 honorarium, plus additional equipment and production support from the CCA Exhibitions department. 

The prompt for this residency is Methods of Acti(ng)on. Specifically suited for alumnx who are working in forms that explore social, political, environmental, and economic issues; this residency is structured to support individuals or collectives that are investigating some of today's most pressing issues. The residency aims to support practices that require time and space for research, experimentation, and audience engagement. In prior years residents have used their dedicated spaces to create new work, experiment in new mediums, conduct studio visits, create large-scale installations, and host public programs. The major goal of the residency is to provide time, space, and support to alumnx. 

Residency expectations include, but are not limited to, occupancy/usage of the space throughout the residency duration (i.e. using the space as a studio or a space for public programming), activation of the gallery during the CCA Alma Mater exhibition opening reception on June 15 from 3:00-6:00 PM (examples of activations may include workshops, sound installations, performances, hands-on activities, and more) and participation in the open studio event at the end of the residency. The gallery spaces have large windows and are visible to the public, it is an expectation that work or work in progress is shown within the gallery. This is not meant to be an exhibition opportunity, it is an opportunity to have space to research and experiment. The minimum number of hours for usage of the gallery is not dictated but the aim is to support artists who will take full advantage of this opportunity by being present and engaged throughout the duration of the residency. 

Recipients of this residency opportunity will be notified by May 1. If you have questions about this application, please e-mail exhibitions@cca.edu. Floor plans for the galleries can be found here

*These galleries do not have fabrication facilities, but basic tools will be provided for your usage. Access to the CCA library, media center inventory, and computer labs can be arranged. 

This application is for general exhibition(s) and gallery usage requests for the Hubbell Street Galleries, Oliver Art Center, and Isabelle Percy West Gallery in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020.  Deadline: April 5th. 

Exhibition requests can be placed for program 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 2019 will be selected based on applications received by April 5th. We will accommodate as many spring 2020 requests as possible. If we have additional spring 2020 openings, the application will be reopened in Fall 2019 for additional requests, but we recommend requests tied to specific timeframes to be made as early as possible. 

The requests will be reviewed by the Exhibitions Department and you will receive a response in April 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. For example, the last 1-2 weeks of each semester are set aside for curricular-related course exhibitions, but tend to be over-requested so please include as much details as possible in your proposal.

Note: Faculty may apply for Faculty Exhibition Grants of up to $1000 for organizing of a group exhibition at one of CCA’s campus galleries during the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a separate application that is available here.  You are welcome to submit an exhibition request and a grant proposal. 

Before applying, please read through the General Exhibitions Request Guidelines.
You can also view documentation images from past exhibitions here.
Please contact exhibitions@cca.edu with any questions. 

The goal of the Faculty Exhibition Grant is to support faculty in the planning and presentation of a group exhibition at one of CCA’s campus galleries. Thematic exhibitions, partnerships with other academic institutions or arts organizations, community-based projects, or collaborations are all welcome. 

Grant funds can be used to cover printing, shipping, materials, and other related costs involved in producing an exhibition. Faculty may include their own work in their exhibition, but this grant opportunity is not meant to support a solo presentation. There is no requirement for artists in the exhibition to be CCA faculty, students, or alumni, but they can be if that works within your exhibition idea. Exhibitions must take place in fall 2019 or spring 2019. We encourage faculty to consider timeframes at the beginning of the semester (September/October or January/February) when the exhibition schedule is more flexible, and are asking for proposals to describe student or community engagement activities that would take place in addition to an opening reception. A typical exhibition timeframe would be 3-6 weeks, depending on availability and timing. 

In addition to the grant award, Faculty will receive the following from CCA Exhibitions: advice and guidance related to exhibition planning, support related to loan agreements and paperwork, one day of preparator support for installation and a half-day of support for deinstallation, access to our tools and media inventory, staffing during gallery hours and designated reception time, and exhibition promotion via social media, calendar listings, and cca.edu. 

  • Award range: Up to $1,000 per applicant
  • Total Curricular Development Grant funds to distribute: $2,000 
  • Deadline for applications: March 22, 2019
  • Notification of decision: April 2019

 Selection Process:
Applications will be selected by Julianne Kirgis, Associate Provost and Jaime Austin, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming.

 Selection Criteria:

  • Coherence of proposal idea: applications will be evaluated by the strength of the exhibition idea and the organizer's ability to communicate it.
  • Feasibility of planning and installing exhibition concept: to what extent does the exhibition have a high chance of success based on existing budget, facilities, etc.
  • Faculty development: to what extent will this opportunity help the faculty member advance their career or try something new?
  • Engagement with CCA community: to what degree can students or the local community participate?

Before applying, please read through the General Exhibitions Request Guidelines.
You can also view documentation images from past exhibitions here.

If you would like to place an exhibition request that does not require grant funds, please apply to the general application for Exhibition Requests accessible from the CCA Exhibition Opportunities page. Contact exhibitions@cca.edu with any questions.


This application is open to students who meet the following eligibility criteria:


- Majoring in one of the following programs: Ceramics, Community Arts, Glass, Individualized, Jewelry/Metal Arts, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Textiles

- Have a cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher

- Are enrolled/plan to enroll in 12 credits or more for the Fall 2019 semester 

- Plan to graduate in the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester 

- Open to domestic and international students


*Print majors who receive a Hamaguchi Scholarship in 2019 are NOT ELIGIBLE for the All College Honors awards.


** Students who are double majoring and have previously been awarded an All College Honors award are not eligible to apply a second time, regardless of which program or division gave the award the first time. 


*** Students who are double majoring in one of the aforementioned eligible programs and in either Animation or Film may only submit an All College Honors Scholarship application through one portal. (i.e. They must choose to do either this broader Fine Arts application, or be considered in Film or Animation ONLY.)


Students who are selected to receive an All College Honors Scholarship for the 2019 - 2020 academic year must also participate in an ACH exhibition to take place at the start of the Fall 2019 semester. 

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