Graduate Studies Adjunct Instructors: MA Motion Design (Distance Ed)


STATUS: Part-Time
DIVISION: Graduate Studies
REPORTS TO: Chair of MA/MFA Motion Design



CCS Detroit is seeking experienced Adjunct Instructors to teach in the new MA and MFA Motion Design programs, launching in Fall 2023


As the creative industries evolve and technology advances, there is an increasing need for designers, artists, and illustrators who are highly skilled in the creation of image and communication in motion.

Sophisticated moving image narratives pervade many interfaces, devices, and media channels in daily use. The technological capability to capture and design narratives in motion and finesse artwork with post-production software is now common-place, yet few creatives have the comprehensive skillset necessary to fill the growing number of roles required in professional practice.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Motion Design distance education program teaches students to create moving image content for a range of applications that bring together skills in visual communication, illustration, animation, film, and the fine arts. Motion designers bring images to life by using animated graphics, avatars, apps, adverts, interstitial clips, film credits, art direction, and short films.

Aimed at graduates of design, illustration, fine art, crafts, and other visual arts BFAs who wish to extend their skills and animate their artistic ideas, the program provides versatile skillsets and capabilities that will expand career opportunities. The program works with the College’s rich industry network placing students at the vanguard of creative professional practice.

The program is offered in both full and part time mode.


Graduate Studies at CCS is seeking accomplished professional design practitioners and academics with proven experience and knowledge in Motion Design, including:

  • 2D and 3D animation
  • Typographic design (moving image)
  • Motion graphic design
  • Digital post-production
  • Visual storytelling
  • Sound design
  • Professional practice

Under the direction of the Program Chair, Adjunct Instructors will teach online courses which will involve the following essential accountabilities:

  • Preparation of teaching materials;
  • Teaching online (synchronously and asynchronously)
  • Overseeing live projects
  • Assessment and feedback

Adjunct Instructors can be based in any part of the US, but need to work to Eastern Time and be available for teaching in the evenings and in some instances on the weekend. They will also be expected to attend team meetings and engage in personal and/or professional development and training.


  • Extensive professional experience in industry and/or academic research
  • A terminal degree (PhD or Masters) is preferred
  • An initial Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree will be considered for candidates with significant relevant professional experience
  • Excellent and delightful interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team leader and colleague in accordance with CCS’s values
  • Teaching experience at the college or graduate level is not essential, but preferred
  • Knowledge and experience of educational technology and learning management systems (LMS) is not essential but preferred


This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to maintain a stationary position, use a computer and other office equipment, and communicate effectively in person, by phone, and virtually.  Frequent interaction with others, including staff, faculty, students and third parties is required.  The employee may occasionally be required to move files or other objects weighing up to 25 pounds, including from low and high places. The ability to move around within the office and between buildings on campus, attend off-site meetings and events, and travel between Ford Campus site to Taubman Center site are required.  CCS will make reasonable accommodations that will allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. 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 13 majors:  Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master’s degrees in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design.  



To Apply

For an informal conversation, contact David Gazdowicz, Chair of MFA/MA Motion Design,

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will continue until suitable candidates are hired.

A cover letter, resume/CV, and URL portfolio with samples of professional and student work should be sent to: with “MA and MFA Motion Design Adjunct Instructors” in the subject line. Official transcripts/certificates for degrees and professional references are required as a condition of hire.

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The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization.  CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.