Assistant Professor, BFA Animation Program

Assistant Professor, BFA Animation Program


The University of the Arts seeks an Assistant Professor for the BFA Animation program in the School of Film in the College of Art, Media and Design for a multi-year/non-tenure track faculty position.

The successful candidate will be able to teach courses in 3D computer animation and also other courses as needed, including 2D computer animation, workshop, and introductory level classes. Knowledge of the following software is required/desired:

• Maya (required)

• ZBrush

• Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (After Effects, Premiere, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator)

We are also interested in candidates who have experience with motion capture systems.

Preference will be given to candidates whose practice expands animation’s boundaries and demonstrates innovation in an ever-changing discipline. A strong record of professional achievement, a comprehensive grasp of the history of animation and contemporary debates, as well as an interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary curricular initiatives are desired.

In recognition of the University’s Academic and Strategic Plans and the recommendations that support a commitment to the spirit of experimentation and invention in the education of young artists and designers, the new Assistant Professor will be expected to instruct within the BFA program with artistic and academic innovation. The hallmarks of the Academic and Strategic Plans include greater opportunity for collaborative learning and encouragement of our faculty and students to question the conventions and boundaries that underpin disciplinary traditions.

The fulltime teaching load is 18 credits, typically six courses per year (3/3). Assistant Professors begin with a 3-year renewable contract. In addition to teaching, fulltime faculty are expected to maintain a professional art or commercial practice, serve on university committees, advise students, and participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities.

Located prominently on the Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia, the University of the Arts is one of the oldest and largest comprehensive private institutions of higher education devoted to the arts in the United States. Its undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for more than 150 professional career paths in the visual, performing, media, design and communication arts, and related fields. The combined enrollment for the College of Art, Media and Design is approximately 1200 students, with the BFA Animation program currently at 90 undergraduates. The Animation curriculum is designed to encourage students to refine their creative vision while also developing solid technical competencies, which will serve them well in whatever aspect of animation they choose.QUALIFICATIONS:

An MFA in Animation or a related area, minimum three years college-level teaching experience beyond graduate school, commitment to teaching, and/or six years professional practice in the specific area of 3D computer animation.


Applicants should submit:

  • Letter of application detailing their qualifications
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Sample syllabi (preferably one that demonstrates assignments addressing innovation in the practice of 3D computer animation)
  • Digital portfolio of 20 examples of recent work and 20 examples of work by students

Video/new media work should include a still and a link to a website or blog url. Demo reels should be 3 minutes or less, with links to full-length works included. In all cases please note what your role in a particular example was, whether primary creator, production artist, or director, etc.


Screening begins January 21st and continues until the position is filled. If you will be attending the College Art Association annual conference in Chicago, February 12 - 15, 2014, and/or the SPE Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, March 6-9, 2014 please include that information in your cover letter.


Please submit applications via email to: Hannah Burke,


The University of the Arts is an ADA, Equal Opportunity Employer committed to encouraging diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Faculty Search, BFA Animation

Office of the Director of the School of Film

College of Art, Media and Design

The University of the Arts

320 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102