CalArts’ School of Film/Video seeks Experimental Animator


California Institute of the Arts

Location: Valencia, Ca

Full Time Faculty, Program in Experimental Animation



Position Category: Academic 
Position Title: Full Time Faculty, Program in Experimental Animation 
School/Department: Film/Video 
Reports To: Dean of the School of Film/Video 
Time: Full Time 
Term of Employment: 
Position Starts: 09/01/2016 
Search Closes: 

Information & Responsibilities

The Experimental Animation Program in the CalArts School of Film/Video is seeking a full-time animation artist/faculty member to start September 2016.

The Experimental Animation Program, offering both BFA and MFA degrees, was founded on and maintains a commitment to developing conceptually- based, interdisciplinary approaches to animation.

The preferred candidate must be a practicing artist and must have evidence of successful teaching and student mentorship. Since all full-time faculty in the Experimental Animation Program are expected to participate in planning the conceptual, curricular, and technical goals of the program, candidates for this position must demonstrate a willingness to be involved in program leadership. Candidates must be familiar with digital workflows and express an interest in emerging technologies.  As with all of our faculty, we expect candidates to demonstrate an active involvement in the art and/or film festival world―by a record of participating in festivals or gallery work, presenting at conferences, and advancing the field of animation through their practice. Successful candidates must embrace transdisciplinary approaches to animation broadly defined, in the use of visuals and sound, and must show an aptitude for mentoring students with far-ranging interests.



The program seeks candidates with a diverse range of experience. Possible specializations could include a combination of two or more of the following:

  • experimental approaches to CG animation (using software such as Maya, Cinema 4D, or Blender)
  • creative approaches to 2D digital animation (including the use of software such as Photoshop, After Effects, Flash, or TV Paint)
  • interactivity, game theory, and programming (for example, using Unity)
  • moving image installation
  • non-traditional techniques of drawing and painting in animation
  • multiplane animation
  • experimental approaches to animated movement
  • pre-visualization of moving image projects, including script writing and storyboarding in an experimental context
  • the history and theory of experimental animation and how
  • they relate to other art practices
  • innovative approaches to sound/image relationships

How to Apply

Review of applications begins November 6th and continues until position is filled

Please submit for initial consideration:

  • 1 to 2 page cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • 250-500 word statement of teaching philosophy
  • 250-500 word artist statement which includes projections about current or upcoming creative work
  • examples of artwork and/or publications
  • outline of administrative experience, if any
  • names and contact information for three references

Interested candidates should submit the above to the SlideRoom application at

For specific questions, please contact [email protected]

All submissions will be treated confidentially.

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to
supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and
currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing
way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey:

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.