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Assistant Professor of Digital Film and Media Production
California College of the Arts

Date Posted Nov. 1, 2018
Title Assistant Professor of Digital Film and Media Production
University California College of the Arts
San Francisco, CA, United States
Department Film Program
Application Deadline Jan. 6, 2019
Position Start Date Fall 2019
  • Assistant Professor
  • Digital Media

The Film Program at California College of the Arts seeks applications for a full time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of digital film and media production to begin in fall 2019.

We seek a visionary educator-practitioner who is deeply connected to contemporary and emerging filmmaking practices. The successful candidate will have an expansive notion of filmmaking and an openness to hybrid forms. Experience with new directions in motion-picture practices, including expanded video installation, web-based filmmaking, interactive, and VR film platforms, is also desirable.

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement, and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum within an increasingly international student body and a large demographic of first generation college students. In their letters of application, candidates should address their proven track record of teaching and leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices.

Teaching responsibilities are equivalent to five course lines per year and cover a full range of classes, from undergraduate introductory-level studio courses to graduate-level seminars and critiques, housed in the undergraduate Film, Graduate Film, and Graduate Fine Arts Programs. This position is required to teach fundamental hands-on production courses that cover the full spectrum of production skills, in addition to upper level courses that deal with aesthetics and conceptual aspects of filmmaking.

Working closely in collaboration with colleagues, the ideal candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to the task of teaching and developing innovative curriculum in order to foster the next generation of artists to achieve brilliance in the 21st century. We value intellectual flexibility and creative approaches to scholarship and to teaching. Candidates for this position must possess the ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college, as well as the ambition to emerge as a leading voice in the direction of the college.


MFA or equivalent terminal degree

Professional activity, including screenings, distribution, press, published writings, invited artist talks, residencies, awards, etc.
Evidence of teaching and leading in a culturally-competent manner with a global perspective, preferably with experience working with diverse groups

Two years of post graduate school college-level teaching experience, with evidence of teaching effectiveness

Experience working with and teaching film media and production, including the use of digital technology

Experience in areas of film production such as screenwriting, producing, cinematography, sound design, and related practices

Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies that engage changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes

Strong communication skills


Graduate level teaching experience
Evidence of flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs


Applications must be received by January 6, 2019 at 11:59 PST.


Interested candidates may apply via an online application available at this address:

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

Curriculum vitae

Letter of interest

Teaching philosophy, highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration and cultural competency

A biographical narrative describing your professional career trajectory

A sample of writing, such as a screenplay, published articles, or other professional examples (optional)

Link to a website with examples of professional work:

3-5 work samples, of which at least one is a completed film, including, for example, sound works, project websites, documentation of installations or site-specific work, or other examples

Contact information for three professional references

Samples of student work, course descriptions or and/or syllabi may be requested by the search committee at a later date.


Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in fine arts, architecture, design, visual studies, writing, and literature. The college also has graduate programs in film, fine arts, architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school’s motto of "Make art that matters." Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus-planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.


The Film Program and Graduate Film Program, both housed within the Fine Arts division, develop students’ distinctive voices as contemporary filmmakers. The curriculum encourages students to take formal risks, to push the medium of film into new territory, and to explore their individual vision. Our courses focus on cinematic craft, strong narrative foundation, and professional practice, which enable students to successfully realize their films and continue their development after graduation. Students in the Film and Graduate Film Programs create work in a wide spectrum of forms, including non-fiction, dramatic, alternative, and hybrid works.

The Film Program faculty is comprised of internationally renowned filmmakers and artists, including recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, Academy Awards, and Emmys. Program faculty have close professional associations with the Sundance Institute, BAMPFA, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, A.C.T. , San Francisco Cinematheque, and many other Bay Area institutions. Our program attracts world-class visiting artists and lecturers through its signature series Cinema Visionaries, including such maverick film industry talents as Barry Jenkins, Yance Ford, Julie Dash, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, Werner Herzog, Laura Poitras, David Lowery, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Michael Moore.

The program takes advantage of the unique histories and the current moment of the Bay Area with an emphasis on interdisciplinary dialogue, hybrid culture, social conscience and a dynamic focus on the schools’ location on the Pacific Rim. Our San Francisco campus is embedded amongst world-class galleries, arts institutions, and technology companies.

  • As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

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