California Institute of the Arts — Multiple Positions: Faculty in Program in Film and Video

California Institute of the Arts, School of Film/Video
Position Status: Full Time Regular Faculty

The Program in Film and Video awards both BFA and MFA degrees and supports an unparalleled breadth of work—from personal essays and political documentaries to experiments in narrative, from lyrical and abstract films to installation and expanded cinema.

We are a community of students, faculty and staff of varied interests that emphasizes close mentoring of individual students. All faculty work closely with students supervising independent study projects. CalArts and the School of Film/Video value the individuality of artists and welcome the addition of unique and inventive voices to our diverse, collaborative community.

The faculty in the Program in Film and Video maintains that, as filmmaker Fernando Solanas put it, “The possibility of making a new cinema completely outside the system depends on whether or not filmmakers can transform themselves from ‘directors’ into total filmmakers. And no one can become a total filmmaker without being a film technician, without being capable of handling the production.”
Film Quarterly, v. 24, n.1, Autumn, 1970.

CalArts seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.

The Program in Film and Video invites applications for two positions:

  1. Moving image artist/filmmaker in editing and contemporary practices of post-production.
    The Program in Film and Video invites applications from emerging to mid-career moving image artist/filmmakers with an emphasis in editing and contemporary practices of post-production. We expect faculty that teach post-production in the Program in Film and Video to have expertise in post-production workflows for single and multi-channel moving image works; be able to support and encourage the use of diverse formats; have a critical engagement with aesthetic and technological concepts of editing, color correction, mastering and changing practices in post-production. This position will require teaching in the area of editing and post-production, as well as courses related to the artist’s field of interest.
  2. Moving image artist/filmmaker in cinematography, digital cinema production and lighting.
    The Program in Film and Video seeks an emerging to mid-career moving image artist/filmmaker with an emphasis in cinematography, digital cinema production and lighting. Faculty in the Program in Film and Video are expected to be versatile, with an ability to encourage and inspire moving image work that is not restricted to conventional genres, including documentary, observational, narrative and experimental filmmaking. Cinematography and production faculty in our program must have a significant knowledge of analog and digital cinematographic practices and an enthusiastic, current engagement with aesthetics. The position will require teaching courses in cinematography and lighting at introductory through advanced levels as well as courses related to the artist’s field of interest.

Responsibilities include – for both positions

  • Class preparation, classroom instruction and grading
  • Student mentoring, providing mentor reports at the end of each year
  • Participation in curriculum development with program faculty
  • Attending faculty meetings
  • Committee service
  • Maintaining a professional practice
  • Various other duties, as assigned by the Program Director and the Dean’s Office

Requirements – for both positions

  • Master’s or equivalent international degree
  • Evidence of exhibition record
  • 1 year of teaching experience

How to Apply- for both positions
Application requirements in PDF form:

  • A letter of application that includes details of your artistic and professional practices and how they resonate with the position criteria. Detail how students at CalArts might benefit from your experience.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  • A diversity statement that includes a discussion of past and/or potential contributions to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
  • Two sample syllabi or course proposals.
  • A current CV.
  • The names and contact information for three recommenders.
  • Links to three films or moving image work samples.

For more information and to apply:

Application deadline: for full consideration submit by December 15, 2019
Start date: September 1, 2020

Further information:
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.