Associate/Assistant Professor (Ranked Non-Tenure), Animation





JOB # 2218



Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent college of art and design with 32 graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college of 1,950 students has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary community with campuses in Oakland and San Francisco. The college is at the forefront of arts education. This learning environment encourages collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. Theory and practice are equally emphasized. Every course of study balances studio courses with a rich and relevant curriculum in the humanities and sciences.

Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community, and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA is a growing institution that draws on the Arts & Crafts traditions of the Bay Area and contributes to the region’s leadership in the areas of innovation, social entrepreneurship, and creative practices. The college has made a commitment to playing an active role in our community through project-based learning, public programming, and other industry and community partnerships. The energetic and collegial faculty culture of CCA creates an outstanding work environment.


The Animation Program at California College of the Arts educates students in the art of storytelling through animation. Our students develop a personal voice and practical expertise by exploring a wide range of classes centered on pre-production, production, traditional character animation and technical knowledge. The program's course of study focuses on skill building and collaborative animation productions, which includes: intensive animation exercises, character and performance study, narrative storytelling and interactive media. Our program offers an intensive hands-on production experience coupled with a broad exposure to the liberal arts, preparing our students for a lifetime of creative work.  We nurture individual talents and skills while striving to merge new technologies with traditionally proven methods. Our Faculty member’s bring a diverse teaching style and a broad range of real world experience, which allows them to train and inspire our students to become leaders in the field of animation. More information about the Animation Program can be found at:


CCA seeks candidates for a part-time ranked, non-tenure position of Assistant Professor to teach in the undergraduate Animation Program. Ranked, non-tenure faculty positions are designed for regional practitioners, who are appointed for three-year renewable terms. Candidates should be deeply engaged with the fundamentals of animation, articulate in the classroom, astute during critiques and passionate about animation as a form of storytelling. CCA Animation faculty are dedicated to mentoring animation’s future creative leaders and preparing them to assume vital roles in the entertainment and art arenas. In keeping with the college’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who will cultivate an equitable studio environment and a diverse curriculum.

This position will be expected to teach one to four classes per year in some combination of 2D animation, character design, storytelling, storyboarding, 3D animation, 3D applications, stop-motion or other animation courses. In addition, responsibilities include participating in program meetings, curriculum design, admissions processes, serving on college committees, and other college-wide service.


  • Advanced Degree or equivalent professional experience. 
  • Prior College-level teaching experience in a relevant area.
  • Familiarity with the contemporary animation field and a record of professional excellence.
  • Specific skills and knowledge are needed in one or more of the following areas: Traditional Animation, Digital 2D Animation, 3D Character Modeling, 3D Character Animation, Character Rigging, Storytelling, Storyboarding, the Production Pipeline, Character Design, and/or Cinema Language.

SALARY:  Salary commensurate with experience.


The priority deadline is April 15, 2014. The review of applications will be ongoing and materials will be kept for future possibilities unless applicants indicate otherwise. If you would like materials returned, please include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).


Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae or resume, samples of work, teaching philosophy and examples of syllabi, and the names and telephone numbers of two professional references to:

California College of the Arts

Human Resources (Job # 2218)

5212 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94618-1487

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CCA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.