Point Park University — Visiting Artist in Residence, Animation

The Cinema Arts Department of Point Park University invites applications for a full-time, visiting artist in residence to begin Fall of 2022. The Visiting Artist in Residence position is a non-tenure track, one-year appointment that is renewable up to three years.

About the Position: The successful applicant will have 6-plus years of industry experience in the field of animation. The applicant must have expert knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony including animating, rigging, coloring, and camera tools. Ideal candidates will have experience/expertise with multiple software packages, including Adobe Creative Suites: After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator. The candidate  will be teaching introductory, intermediate, and advanced level courses in Classical Animation, 2D Animation, Storyboarding, and Concept Art. Additionally, preference will be shown to those candidates who have demonstrated a history of successful teaching at the university level.

Candidates should expect to work closely with undergraduate students and be able to communicate effectively with a diverse group, both orally and in writing. Principal responsibilities include teaching, supporting student projects, and participating in service to departmental or university-wide committees  or service to the community. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching within a demanding conservatory environment and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring and creative activity with undergraduates. All faculty in the Conservatory share in significant advising and mentoring of students on both academic and career goals.

About the Department and Program: Housed in the growing Cinema Art Department, the Animation and Visual Effects program offers a rigorous BFA in Animation and supports the departmental BA in Cinema Arts. The department also offers degrees in Cinema Production and Screenwriting. As part of Point Park’s prestigious Conservatory of Performing Arts, the department mission focuses on fostering a  highly collaborative artistic environment.

About the University: Located in the heart of one of the most livable cities in the US, Point Park University, was recently listed as a 2018-2019 college of distinction. It is a vibrant, urban campus located  at the periphery of historic Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, with an enrollment of approximately 4000 full and part-time students in more than 50 areas of academic study. With over 300 full-time undergraduate students, the Cinema Department is one of three departments in the University’s nationally recognized Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA).

The Point Park University Animation Program is in its 10th  year. In 2019 the program was ranked in the top  50 animation schools in the country for those offering BFAs and in the top 20 of animation schools on the east coast. The program boasts two state of the art animation labs with 20 computers in each. Additionally, there are three animation suites where students can work individually. Students intern at  various motion graphics and visual effects studios in Pittsburgh and also for local sports teams. Recent  graduates have had their senior thesis films accepted and screened at several international animation festivals and have found work throughout the country in the animation industry. For additional  information, visit http://www.pointpark.edu/animation 

Admission to COPA is competitive with students matriculating from 47 states and around the world. The departmental programs provide strong academic curricula with rigorous training that provides the skills needed for success in today’s creative economy.

Application Procedure: Please submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, list  of three professional references with contact information, and examples of creative work by e-mail to: infocinema@pointpark.edu

Please note that the subject line MUST STATE: Visiting Artist Animation

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Cinema Arts Department is committed to building a diverse academic community. Women and minorities are  encouraged to apply. Point Park University is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States and not require employer sponsorship.