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, social practice, 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 undergraduate Fashion Design Program at California College of the Arts offers a leading, studio-based, undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Our progressive philosophy is to shape a more sustainable future for the field by re-imagining fashion design education and contemporary practice.
CCA's Fashion Design Program is driven by conceptual rigor, the spirit of experimentation, and the craft of making. The rigorous studio-oriented curriculum encompasses critical thinking, traditional tailoring, material exploration, ideation, 2D to 3D product engineering, and multi-disciplinary visual communication.
We graduate independent designers who possess deep practical knowledge and critical awareness of their evolving role as socio-cultural leaders. Our students learn how to be adaptable to a range of responsibilities relevant to today's dynamic and fast changing fashion sector and the design landscape as a whole. CCA fashion alumni are astutely aware of the contexts in which they work, and have a sensitivity for who they are designing with, and for. As such, they gain positions along an arc of practice, often becoming leaders in the field—they set-up independent studios, have become published writers, and are working in larger collaborative settings in design innovation, sustainability, product development and technical design.
Located in San Francisco, the ecological and cultural capital of California, CCA's fashion faculty are working professionals and design leaders with regional, national and international influence. Through their teaching and networks, they expose students to diverse design opportunities and encourage each one of them to develop a personal point of view that is fully committed and culturally competent.
POSITION SUMMARY The Fashion Design Program seeks candidates for a part-time, ranked non-tenure position as Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2020. The position requires a commitment to continued professional work and participation in college-wide service.
We seek candidates with a strong fashion design portfolio, technical expertise in tailoring or garment construction/engineering, a proven record of professional practice or research through practice, and broad knowledge of the contemporary fashion industry. We are especially interested in candidates that embody a commitment to sustainability and diversity through their own work and teaching.
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, at the undergraduate level, 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.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a forward-thinking approach to fashion education and have previous experience leading hands-on studio design courses. This position requires candidates who can teach conceptual, visual and tactile/textile development alongside 2D and traditional and/or experimental 3D design processes.
Contemporary fashion design practice is a shifting and dynamic landscape. To keep pace with these changes and to shape the critical discourse around them, design education must continue to evolve. This position will support the ecological, creative and interdisciplinary trajectory of CCA's innovative undergraduate Fashion Design curricula. The successful applicant will participate in course development, program evaluation and contribute to the curriculum which is grounded in both traditional and experimental approaches to making.
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 and four classes per year and provide service to the program, division and/or college.
Undergraduate degree or equivalent professional training in fashion design, textile design and/ or tailoring/garment engineering
Minimum of three years professional experience in fashion design, or a closely related area of practice
Expertise in one of more areas including market-ready design, bespoke design or tailoring, mass-customization, material innovation, embedded/wearable technology, sustainability, zero waste, computer-aided design, digital pattern-making and digital fabrication
Evidence of successful teaching in a fashion design-focused undergraduate studio program
Strong portfolio of fashion design, textile design and/or garment construction/tailoring
Evidence of teaching in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective
Experience working with diverse groups
Graduate training or degree
Emerging recognition at the regional, national and/or international level in their field of practice
Experience working with English Language Learner (ELL) students
SALARY Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.
APPLICATION DEADLINE Applications must be received by March 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST.
Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration that addresses professional practice and research agenda
Artist statement addressing professional practice and/or research
Portfolio of professional work: 15-20 images or link to website
Contact information for three (3) professional references
Additional materials 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.
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Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. 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. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.