Chair of MFA Color + Materials Design

Job Description

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) seeks candidates for the position of Chair of MFA Color + Materials Design interested in the opportunity to build a new kind of program at one of the leading art and design colleges in the U.S.

The MFA Program in Color + Materials Design will educate students about color, materials, finishes and processes to develop a practitioner expertise in their application to various design problems.

The program will offer a 60-credit curriculum that is unique in the specific ways it integrates proven business practices, research methods and advanced creative skills to prepare our students for career success. The curriculum emphasizes:

-the teaching of color and materials theory and practical application with respect to a range  of design solutions

-the use of current research methods, tools and techniques to identify, interpret and forecast color and materials trends and how they apply to current and emerging market opportunities

-the execution of functionally appropriate and aesthetically compelling color and materials design solutions that respond to user needs

The curriculum will integrate industry-sponsored projects designed to mirror the professional studio and current business challenges. The final academic year will conclude with the Graduate Thesis, designed to help students execute a body of work that is the culmination of their graduate studies and experience.

The Chair will teach two graduate courses per semester and be responsible for:

  • further development of the graduate academic curriculum
  • hiring and managing graduate faculty
  • overall educational quality and leadership of the graduate Color + Materials Design program
  • recruiting students in collaboration with the Admissions Director of Graduate Studies
  • academic guidance and advising of graduate students
  • developing strong corporate partnerships

Job Requirements

Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, the successful candidate will be a highly accomplished design professional with proven experience in designing color and materials solutions across a wide-range of industries. The candidate will be familiar with global trends and have the ability to link design education to emerging economic, industry as well as environmental currents. The qualification requirements are as follows:

  • a Master’s degree (MFA, MBA, MS) in Interior Design, Product or Transportation Design
  • a Bachelor’s degree will be considered if the candidate has a significant amount of professional experience in the area of color and materials, color and trim, trend analysis and forecasting, developing color and material design strategies
  • teaching experience at the college or graduate level in a lecture and/or studio setting
  • excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague

How to Apply:

Submit letter of interest, resume, transcripts, portfolio of work, and, if available, portfolio of student work to:

College for Creative Studies 
Office of Human Resources 
201 E. Kirby
Detroit MI 48202-4034


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