The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for the position of Chair of Entertainment Arts. Reporting to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Chair is responsible for the overall management of the undergraduate department of Entertainment Arts at CCS, and for preserving and enhancing its position as a leader in animation, game design, and video arts education. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About the department:
The CCS Entertainment Arts Department has over 250 students and is expected to continue to grow. It specializes in Animation, Game Design and Video. It utilizes both Mac and PC computers, 3D printers, a stop motion animation lab, an experimental/traditional animation lab, render farm, AV labs with HD capability, and sound re-recording suites. It has numerous digital production tools and resources supported by the College’s Information Technology Services and Academic Technologies Departments. The department currently has four full-time faculty and a number of adjunct faculty. The department also has approval for a fifth full-time faculty with a focus in game design and a search is currently underway.
About the college:
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is considered one of the nation’s leading art and design colleges. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 12 majors: Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising: Design, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Crafts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. A new BFA in Fashion Accessories Design will launch in 2015. It also offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design, and Transportation Design.
About the location:
CCS is located at the center of Detroit’s creative and cultural hub. The Walter and Josephine Ford Campus is next to the world-class encyclopedic Detroit Institute of Arts, and near to the new Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education is one mile south in a 760,000-square foot National Register of Historic Places building designed by Alfred Kahn. Business Insider magazine has named Detroit “One of the 15 Hottest American Cities of the Future” with Forbes naming it one of the “10 Up-and-Coming Downtowns.” Detroit’s Creative Corridor is home to 4,000 creative sector employees, 200 individual creative sector companies, and $640 million in aggregate annual revenues. The Detroit region features a robust creative industry sector, including production studios, advertising agencies, and other media communications concerns. Metropolitan Detroit has the highest concentrations and quantities of commercial and industrial designers of all U.S. metropolitan regions. Detroit’s professional creative industry is the third largest private sector employer in the city, employing approximately 12,300 individuals.
Applicants must possess a terminal degree (MFA or an equivalent degree) in animation, game, or film related studies. Candidates are expected to be active, practicing professionals with a distinguished record in animation, game, film or video art. The successful candidate will demonstrate a thorough understanding of digital/traditional related art forms, including analog and digital 2D and 3D animation, stop motion film and video, motion graphics, armature construction, special effects, and visual effects. Areas of expertise should include, but are not limited to, concept development, storyboarding, environments, characters, visual development, asset creation, and complete production process on set and on location. Knowledge of the history of animation, games, and video as well as familiarity with feature, documentary, experimental, multi-media, and emerging media forms is essential. Proficiency in and ability to teach a range of current software, such as Maya, Unreal, Unity, Torque, ModBox, ZBrush, Protocols, Final Cut, Avid, Toon Boom, Flash, TV Paint, and Adobe CS, is required. A commitment to interdisciplinary practice and education with other fields of art and design is critical. College-level teaching experience is highly desirable. College-level teaching experience as well as management experience in either academia or industry is highly desirable.
The Chair oversees all aspects of undergraduate education in the Entertainment Arts Department’s three primary areas: animation, game design, and video. The Chair is responsible for the planning, development, and oversight of curriculum and student outcomes, as well as supervising the department’s full-time and adjunct faculty, staff, and budget. The Chair works in collaboration with the Provost and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies to develop and disseminate appropriate pedagogical methods, learning objectives, and coursework to ensure the education of artists and designers who are positioned to succeed at the highest levels of the global entertainment arts industry. The Chair maintains and develops industry contacts and works with the College’s Institutional Advancement and Career Services Departments to create and implement sponsored project, internship and job placement efforts. Continued professional activity and growth and service at the department and college levels are also required. In addition, the Chair gets a course release per semester and teaches two classes per semester during the academic year.
How to Apply:
CCS is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The College values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds.
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.
A cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, URL portfolio or DVD, and breakdown of professional work and samples of student work (if applicable) should be sent to:
College for Creative Studies
Office of Human Resources
Re: Chair of Entertainment Arts
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034