CalArts’ School of Film/Video seeks Narrative Digital Cinema Maker.


California Institute of the Arts

Location: Valencia, Ca

Faculty - Narrative Digital Filmmaker


Position Category: Academic 
Position Title: Faculty - Narrative Digital Filmmaker 
School/Department: School of Film/Video 
Reports To: Dean 
Time: Full Time 
Term of Employment: 
Appointment: Regular 
Position Starts: 09/01/2016 
Search Closes: 

Information & Responsibilities

The MFA Film Directing Program in the CalArts School of Film/Video seeks an emerging to mid-career artist/faculty member with an established exhibition record in narrative digital cinema production.
Storytelling, understood broadly, is the essence of the CalArts Film Directing Program, which has graduated a broad spectrum of innovative narrative filmmakers who have gone on to screen in festivals, museums, and galleries nationally and internationally and have found careers in the filmmaking industry. It is critical that our students understand the symbiotic relationship between theory and practice as well as between technical competence and conceptual ideas.  This is a live action MFA program that aims to produce aesthetically informed, technically competent directors; therefore, we seek candidates who are actively engaged cinema artists with a substantial portfolio of work as well as demonstrated teaching abilities.

In a continuing effort to build a diverse community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, The School of Film/Video actively encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds and members of historically under-represented groups.


The ideal candidate will be conversant with concepts and techniques that illuminate narrative work in media and art practice. Since the person in this position will be responsible for integrating the teaching of production and post-production technical processes with an eye towards the holistic aesthetic development of our students, applicants should demonstrate competence in: 
- Current cinema technologies, including both photochemical and digital technologies. 
- Technical phases of postproduction and how they enable the creative process. 
- Integration of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual practice. 
- Teaching students from diverse backgrounds and skill levels. 
- Image and Sound Design 
- Mentoring students through individualized projects in a broad range of production models.

Other areas of interest may include: 
- Narrative in emerging media, online platforms and serial storytelling
- Scholarly work in cinema aesthetics and history 
- Creative Producing 
- Hybrid forms of narrative 
- Curating and Programming 
- Acting and Performance 
- Sound in narrative cinema practice


MFA or equivalent is required and a minimum of three years of teaching experience at the college level is preferred.

How to Apply

Review of applications begins November 23 and continues until position is filled. 
Interested applicants should submit the following:
•    Letter of intent that addresses interest in the position and an overview of creative work
•    A current curriculum vitae 
•    Links to publications and/or reviews, if applicable
•    250-500 word statement of teaching philosophy
•    250-500 word artist statement which includes projections about current or upcoming work
•    Examples of 2-3 moving image works (submitted as digital clips on slide room)
•    3 references (to be contacted if shortlisted)

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.