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Figurative Drawing & Painting Adjunct Instructor

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for an adjunct position in the Illustration Department (DIL) with experience in figurative drawing and painting. This position reports to the Chair of the Illustration Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The adjunct member in the Illustration Department is responsible for teaching studio courses that meet one or two days each week and is expected to have substantial experience in the professional practice of illustration. Start date: August 2019

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATION DEPARTMENT: The Illustration Department is the second largest undergraduate department at CCS with students studying a variety of illustration trends areas including Publishing Illustration, Entertainment Illustration, Illustrator as Gallery Artist, Comics and Sequential Illustration, and Lifestyle and Licensing Illustration.

All courses taught within the Illustration Department will: Introduce, develop, imagine, and apply cohesive visual solutions by means of the Department’s 5 Step Picture Making Process (ideation, thumbnail, reference, value study, and finish) and where students will verbally articulate their picture making choices by way of oral presentation, interpretation, argument, and summarization of work using professional best practices in group and individual settings.


DIL 147 Figurative Drawing I

I. Course Catalog Description
In this course, students are exposed to a variety of drawing experiences, methods and materials, using line, light and volume to explore the human form.

II. Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Conceive how the human figure relates in perspective to its surroundings environment/space.
  • Understand how to use various media to create the desired drawings and effects.
  • Understand the appropriate process and how to prioritize time when drawing various pose lengths.

DIL 247 Figurative Drawing II

I. Course Catalog Description

Through the introduction of a variety of media, this course further explores and analyzes light, shadow, value and form in relation to the human figure in various settings and situations.

II. Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to mix observed color, as well as exhibit application of color theory.
  • Demonstrate how to use various media to design, value group, and represent the subject.
  • Demonstrate the ability to paint the human figure with accurate proportions from a live model or reference.

DIL 159 Painting and Image Making for Illustration I

I. Course Catalog Description
Students will develop a process and skills in using painted value and color to define composition, form, light, and space. This is in order to employ the basics of professional illustrative working methods using water and oil-based painting mediums with additional fundamental media.

II. Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define how various subject matter relates with value, color and basic perspective to a surrounding environment/space, considering the totality of a composed image.
  • Visually describe by mixing water and oil-based paint media, the use of color and value, and how it relates to abstract color planning and applied image making.
  • Memorize and reproduce the pick making process (ideation, thumbnail, reference, value study, and finish) to create imagery within assigned time limitations.
  • Translate thumbnail sketches into reference through shooting one’s own reference with a camera.
  • Formulate the concept of “value grouping,” i.e. the ability to identify form shadows, cast shadows, half tones, light values, and the edge qualities created by them

DIL 231 Painting and Image Making for Illustration II

I. Course Catalog Description
This course develops and directs through the illustration making process from ideation to finished piece that directly relates to strong and clear verbal and visual concepts. This course builds upon knowledge gained in Painting and Image Making for Illustration I that was based on applied color theory and knowledge of painting mediums and materials skills and builds upon them by combining them with conceptual thinking and experimentation with paint media.

II. Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Memorize and recall the “reductive” process of conceptual thinking using metaphor and simile to derive ideas, which all subsequent image, media, and stylistic approaches will be subordinate to.
  • Employ the first four steps of the picture making process (ideation, thumbnail, reference, and value study) to create preliminary work for assignments that result in multiple variations, that clearly demonstrate the original reduction idea.
  • Employ and manipulate a variety of media through experimentation and research of the field of contemporary illustration.
  • Translate thumbnail sketches into reference through shooting one’s own reference with a camera.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Candidates must hold a degree (i.e., BA or equivalent).

Additional qualifications include:

  • Minimum of 3 years of active/current professional practice in illustration.
  • College teaching experience, preferred.
  • Proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop and nurture individual student artistic and professional abilities.
  • A strong commitment to self-learning.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES: The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.

Founded in 1906 as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students, pursing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Art Education, Communications Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers free art education for than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creatives Studies is a public chart middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately with priority given to those who submit materials prior to April 30, 2019.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, along with contact information to with “Illustration Adjunct Instructor” in the subject line.

Illustration Department

The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.