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Job Description: The faculty position will teach 3 credits per year (one course per semester) at an art school nationally known for its dedication to teaching excellence, a rigorous liberal arts curriculum and the importance of the fine arts.Â The candidate will be capable of teaching all levels of the undergraduate program, be proficient in traditional techniques, and have a broad understanding of new approaches to Animation.
The interdisciplinary nature of the Department and College requires that faculty maintain an active professional practice and meaningfully contribute in a variety of areas that include: all aspects of departmental operations and institutional governance including departmental management, advising, institutional and departmental committee service and scheduled departmental and student activities and coordinating the department exhibitions of student work during the school year. In addition to teaching, all part-time faculty are expected to pursue research and/or professional engagements that contribute to the educational mission of the department and college.
The Principles of Animation: Qualified candidates should have solid knowledge of the principles of animation, knowledge of frame-by-frame hand drawn animation, 2D digital animation production, basic history of animation, and experience producing short animated films that demonstrate the principles of 2D animation. This is a hand drawn 2D animation class and must be taught using traditional animation discs and peg bars.
Pre-production: Expertise in storyboarding and creating concept art for animation, an understanding of character design principles, a knowledge of film history and film language, and experience in animation production pipelines.
Intro to 3D Animation: Expertise in 3D animation using Autodesk Maya and a general understanding of all aspects of the CG pipeline, including: modeling, texturing, animation, rigging, digital cinematography and rendering. Scripting knowledge (MEL, python) is a plus.
2D character animation: Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of acting and performance in animation, the principles of animation, 2D digital animation production, and basic history of animation. This is a hand drawn 2D animation class and must be taught using the traditional animation discs and peg bars.
History of Animation: Expertise in art history, film history and animation history ( US and International).
3D Landscape: Expertise in 3D animation using Autodesk Maya and generalist understanding of all aspects of the CG pipeline, including: modeling, texturing, animation, rigging, digital cinematography and rendering. Must be familiar with techniques and processes for designing and constructing 3D environments.Â Scripting knowledge (MEL, python) is a plus.
Stop Motion: Expertise in stop-motion animation and techniques such as paint on glass, sand animation, cut-out animation, and claymation. A working knowledge of basic armature and puppet fabrication is necessary.
A Demo reel with professional and personal work.
A record of professional activity
Professional production experience
Candidate must successfully complete a full background check
Valued, but not required:
Minimum of 1 year of full-time teaching experience (at the college-level beyond graduate assistantships is preferred).
Salary:Â Commensurate experience and qualifications and based on MICAâs part-time scale.
Apply:Â The College will review applications as received. The position will remain open until filled.Â All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.
*Applications MUST be initiated via the MICA website. During your application on MICAâs website, you will be redirected to Slideroom to upload supporting materials as directed below. After you have uploaded your materials on Slideroom, please complete your application on MICAâs website.
Slideroom:Â Submit online: One multi-page PDF document.
The multi-page PDF document should include cover letter addressing qualifications relevant to the responsibilities specified above, comprehensive CV and statement of teaching philosophy and a link(s) to your portfolio of personal and student work
Please format PDF documents for screen resolution and viewing.Â No physical media are requested nor will be returned.
Reporting to this position: No direct reports
Conditions of Employment: Satisfactory background check
Physical demands and work environment:
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. (may be adjusted depending on position)
Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.
Required training:Â Exhibitions Department Installation Guide and Policy handbook, MICA Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment. (additional training may be added, SEE: EHS Manager training schedule)
Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.
Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.
Internal Number: R626
About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.