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Assistant Professor-3D animation


3D Animator: Full-time Digital Art and Animation Faculty Position
DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA campus


Is animation your passion? Does the idea of helping, mentoring, and growing the next generation of animators sound exciting? Do you aspire to teach and guide young artists who will one day be leaders in the industry? Do you enjoy working in an environment that allows you to expand your knowledge through professional development?


The Department of Production and Animation at DigiPen Institute of Technology invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Animation. Join our faculty team and help our students develop the necessary skills to enter the industry and succeed in the field of animation. Apply your passion for animation, and your experience in the field, to the DigiPen classroom.


Recognized as a leader in game development education and interactive media, DigiPen Institute of Technology is ranked #4 through the Princeton Review. Undergraduate programs are offered in Digital Art and Animation, Computer Science, Game Design, Digital Audio and Music, and Computer Engineering as well as graduate programs in Digital Art and Computer Science.  Whether for game or film, DigiPen Institute of Technology provides students with a solid and versatile artistic foundation.


This position is offered at the Assistant Professor rank. Candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.


Start date: On or before July 1st, 2019


Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Teach beginning and advanced courses in 3D animation including modeling for animation, rigging, advanced animation software, animation principles, film language, performance, and pipelines

·         Lecture and teach in a classroom setting on a daily basis

·         Grade, critique and input assignment data on a weekly basis

·         Serve as a faculty mentor for students

·         Teach fundamentals and advanced topics in character animation using high end software which may include Maya, Substance Painter, Z Brush, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe After Effects

·         Provide creative direction and critique to students. This could include character animation research, animation blocking, and animation polish

·         Collaborate with faculty to develop and improve program and department curriculum

·         Participate in teaching-related service roles , including scheduled office hours, archiving of student work, institutional and department service activities, and research/professional development


Required Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in art or media related field

·         Four years’ experience animating characters in the role of Animator for games or cinema

·         Expert in animating using Maya

·         Proficient in Rigging

·         Proficient in Modelling and texturing

·         A Reel/Portfolio showing CG animation, Modeling and 2d art skills

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

·         MFA degree in art or media related field

·         Strong grounding in traditional art fundamentals such as gesture drawing, color, and composition, as well as time based media fundamentals

·         Teaching experience and/or demonstrated training experience

·         Demonstrable professional experience in art, not necessarily limited to computer/video games or animation


Application Procedure:

To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following:

·         Cover letter of interest, including a link to your digital portfolio

·         Statement of teaching philosophy

·         Curriculum vitae

·         List of 3 professional references with email and telephone contact information included


Diversity, equity, inclusion and academic freedom are priorities of DigiPen Institute of Technology, as DigiPen endorses the goals of affirmative action and equal opportunity employment. The Institute's intent is to hire the most qualified individuals for faculty and staff, attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds of race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, veteran status, nationality, culture, religion, and physical abilities. We are committed to broadening our candidate pool to include more diverse individuals, and ensuring fairness in hiring by avoiding bias and determining criteria to judge all candidates prior to posting each new position.

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