The School of Art, the Entertainment Technology Center, and IDeATe of Carnegie Mellon University seek adjunct instructors to teach special topics in animation. Special Topics courses will be offered as seven week "mini" curricula. Topical content determined on a per-semester basis by full-time IDeATe animation faculty provide frameworks for syllabi development, coordinated between adjunct instructors and full-time faculty. Ideal candidates will have extensive professional experience and understand best practices of modern animation studios. Qualified candidates should be analytical, forward thinking, and possess a deep understanding of the craft, technology, and art of animation. Courses can be taught remotely.
Carnegie Mellon University offers a variety of animation curricula at varying levels of practice and study. Students enrolled in Special Topics courses will have completed prerequisite training and have a basic understanding of industry tools and a full animation pipeline as it relates to character animation. Special Topics courses offer specialized concentration in areas of practice germane to the instructor's professional experience. Special Topics curriculum might survey specific job descriptions and hard skills such as Rigging, Technical Direction, or FX. Additionally, some Special Topics courses might explore more conceptual aspects of animation such as Story Development, Animation Thinking, or utilizing the Principles of Animation in Design Theory. Special Topics themes for the Fall 2021 semester include:
53-320 A1 IDeATe Special Topics in Animation: Character Modeling
53-321 A2 IDeATe Special Topics in Animation: Procedural Rigging
60-335 A1 IDeATe Special Topics in Animation: Story Development
60-337 A2 IDeATe Special Topics in Animation: Storyboarding
Adjunct instructors are responsible for the creation and delivery of material for intermediate-tier undergraduate courses, the content of which must be approved in accordance with University and department policies and procedures. Adjunct instructors are responsible for delivering course content, instructing students, supervising teaching assistants, evaluating student work and entering grades into online systems, and performing related duties as assigned.
We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education and who will contribute to the breadth of our program.
Studio experience is preferred. Instructors must have experience critiquing work across various modes of creative practice, as well as strong organizational skills, and knowledge of critical theory. Prior teaching experience is preferred but not required.
Carnegie Mellon University shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.
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