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Assistant Professor of Animation


The University of the Arts seeks an Assistant Professor for the Animation program with a preferred emphasis in traditional hand drawn animation, and an interest in developing 1–2 of other areas of expertise: 3D computer, stop-motion, or experimental. Located in the College of Art, Media and Design, the Animation program is part of an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum within the School of Film that includes programs in Film + Video, Writing For Film + Television and Film Design + Production.

Salary and rank are commensurate with experience. Screening for this position will begin January 20, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach a range of subjects from beginning to advanced levels as well as develop syllabi for new courses and contribute ideas for the evolving nature of existing courses.
  • Maintain a professional animation practice; serve on university committees; advise students; participate in curriculum development and other departmental activities.
  • Candidates should be able to develop syllabi for new courses, contribute ideas for the evolving nature of existing courses, and teach their courses as an ensemble with other instructors to create learning communities.
  • Encourage students to be creative and inventive while they develop a solid technical competency serving them well in both professional and independent animation practices.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.


  • Master of Fine Arts in Animation or a related field of motion will be considered. Equivalent professional experience will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • All candidates should have a strong mastery of traditional animation techniques and principles with the ability to adapt this knowledge into evolving platforms.
  • The college is seeking candidates with professional experience. A current animation industry/production history is helpful.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.

Living and working in Philadelphia, has everything you want in an urban environment (food, drink, sports, music, movies, etc.), and is affordable.

TO APPLY: Interested qualified applicants should submit the documents on the following list via email to Hannah Burke, Administrative Assistant to the Director of the School of Film, hburke@uarts.eduPlease ensure job title is in the Subject line.

  • A letter of application detailing qualifications.
  • An up-to-date CV.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Sample syllabi for those with teaching experience.
  • A digital portfolio of examples of recent professional and/or personal work and examples of work by students, if the candidate has teaching experience.
  • For professional work achieved in collaboration, please send completed works rather than excerpts and note what your role was in the production if you weren’t the sole creator.
  • The contact information for three professional references.

The preferred submission format for all materials other than video samples, is a single email attachment (single PDF or zipped folder) 2MB–5MB in size. Video samples can be provided as active links (password protected if desired).

Submissions materials other than cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, syllabi, reference list, video files, and PDF portfolios will not be reviewed. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested.

The University of the Arts

College of Art, Media and Design

Office of the Director of the School of Film

320 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

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