MFA Interaction Design Full-Time Faculty
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a Full-Time MFA Interaction Design Faculty member. This position reports to the Dean of Graduate Studies within the Graduate Studies Division. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.
We are seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to teach on our MFA Interaction Design program.
You will demonstrate high levels of creativity, with technological knowledge and the application of coding as a creative medium. You will have some experience of professional, research and/or independent practice and be able to prepare our students for employment. Experience of teaching and a commitment to delivering an exceptional student learning experience would be an advantage.
Based in the heart of Detroit, CCS is a global leader in art and design education, with world class technical facilities, studio spaces and faculty. Detroit is the USA’s only UNESCO City of Design and currently experiencing an extraordinary transformation and revival. Many artists and makers have relocated to the city in recent years and now is a very exciting time for an ambitious interaction designer to move here and advance their academic career and creative practice.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: With a focus on making, the MFA Interaction Design program at CCS teaches students to creatively explore technology-led interactions between humans and the objects, spaces and interfaces that constitute our daily surrounds. The program offers a 60-credit curriculum with creative design studio courses providing a playful and experimental space to provoke discourse and debate through hands-on practice. The curriculum emphasizes:
- Making and prototyping with hardware and software
- Informed critical and speculative design enquiry
- Practical and applied design with live/sponsored projects
- Contextual, user-centered and practice-led research methods
- A multi/transdisciplinary perspective on theory and practice.
The curriculum regularly integrates 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.
POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: As full time faculty you will teach three graduate courses per semester and be responsible for:
- Ongoing development of the graduate academic curriculum and keeping abreast of new and emerging technologies and industry advancements
- Managing course learning experience
- Assisting in student recruitment and selection
- Academic guidance and advising of graduate students
- Contributing to the development of practice-led research at CCS
You will need to be available for teaching some evenings and prepared for occasional overnight travel. We value diversity and welcome applications from around the world. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and we offer a generous relocation package.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: Reporting to the Dean of Graduate Studies, you will be an accomplished practitioner with proven experience in interaction design as an industry professional or academic researcher. You will be familiar with global trends and have the ability to link design education to emerging economic, industry and technology currents. You will have:
- A Master's Degree in Interaction Design, Creative Computing, or other creative/technology-related fields
- Lower qualifications will be considered if the candidate has significant professional experience in the area of Interaction Design
- Up-to-date knowledge and expertise in coding, making and prototyping with software and hardware (e.g. Arduino and Raspberry Pi)
- Experience of practice-based research and/or consultancy
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Teaching experience at the college or graduate level in a studio/creative lab learning environment is preferable, but not essential
ABOUT CCS: 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, pursuing 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, Communication 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 more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnerships program. In addition, the College’s Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The initial deadline for applications is 4pm (USA Eastern Time) on Monday, November 18th. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.
A cover letter, resume/CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and URL portfolio with samples of professional and student work should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Full-Time MFA Interaction Design Faculty” in the subject line.
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.