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Assistant Professor -Animation


Animation Position Announcement

The Kansas City Art Institute, a national leader in visual arts education, seeks nominations and applications for a full time Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Animation to begin August of 2019. The successful candidate will play a vital role in the further development of the current Animation Department curriculum, which will include a new studio complex in 2020.

Kansas City Art Institute is a four-year, independent and accredited college of art and design founded in 1885, and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri.  The college enrolls over 650 undergraduate students drawn regionally, nationally and internationally.  www.kcai.edu

KCAI Department of Converging Media / Animation

The convergence of traditional and emerging technologies at KCAI is situated in programming that provides comprehensive instruction to students majoring in Animation, Interactive Arts, Filmmaking and Photography. The focus of the curriculum includes visual problem solving and preparation for careers in emerging uses of contemporary arts disciplines. Classes consist of lecture, critique, demonstration, screenings and research in directed studios.

The award-winning Animation Department features a creatively designed, mentorship based and technologically integrated approach to the teaching of all aspects of the medium. Major coursework is complemented by intensive studio practice, liberal arts and professional practice curriculum. Areas of concentration include classical, experimental and digital animation but no one solution is prioritized over another.  Accordingly, the program goals are to equip students with a diverse array of animation skills, informed by a strong historical context and a critical conceptual foundation that enables them to become well-rounded animation professionals able to thrive within a rapidly evolving field.

Requirements for the Position

The successful candidate’s qualifications and professional experience should demonstrate a vibrant and diverse body of work in animation with a primary focus in 3D methodologies and associated production skills are required (both specialists & generalists are encouraged). Additionally, the candidate should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the animation field and have a working knowledge of animation history.  Applicants should be conversant with the constraints of current professional practice in the field.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical and theoretical foundation, as well as an expansive approach that embraces the evolving role of the moving image in society. The animation curriculum is closely aligned with that of filmmaking with sharing elective possibilities in sound and other related skill acquisition. Knowledge of software for instruction includes: Maya, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects and the CC Suite of software.

The position requires the capacity to develop curriculum, establish infrastructure and the implementation of elective offerings serving both the department and the college. Candidates must possess an ability to instruct and advise students in developing a professional practice in the field of animation. Excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong collaborative spirit for teamwork and service to the department, institution, and field are imperative.

Education and Experience Requirements

An MFA and demonstrated professional achievement in the field with full-time college-level teaching experience required.

Application Deadlines and Procedures

Reviews of applications will begin on January 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Attach to the e-mail in PDF format only:
* letter of application
* curriculum vitae
* statement of teaching experience and philosophy
* either a list of workable web link(s) to personal practice and to supervised student work examples with project * * descriptions where applicable or the same materials embedded in the PDF.

* list of 3 professional references we may contact


Applications with accessible PDF files and workable web links will be acknowledged by return e-mail.

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Human Resources

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KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Administrator.


KCAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Disabled/Vets








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