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Assistant Professor-Game Art Production


Game Art Production Artist: Full-time Digital Art and Animation Faculty position
DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA campus

The Department of Production and Animation at DigiPen Institute of Technology invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor of Game Art. Join our faculty team and help our students develop the necessary skills to enter the industry and succeed in the field of game art. Apply your passion for game art, and your experience in the field, to the DigiPen classroom.


Recognized as a leader in game development education and interactive media, DigiPen Institute of Technology is ranked #4 through the Princeton Review. Undergraduate programs are offered in Digital Art and Animation, Computer Science, Game Design, Digital Audio and Music, and Computer Engineering as well as graduate programs in Digital Art and Computer Science.  Whether for game or film, DigiPen Institute of Technology provides students with a solid and versatile artistic foundation.


This position is offered at the Assistant Professor rank. Candidates with exceptional qualifications may be considered for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.


Start date: On or before July 1st, 2019


Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Teach team based courses in Game Art Production including 2D art production, character creation, 2D rigging, 2D animation, environment and prop design, UI design and creation, 2D visual effects, game production pipelines and team dynamics and roles

·         These courses may include, but not limited to, Photoshop, Spine, Unity, Unreal4, Premiere, After Effects, and custom engines

·         Lecture and teach in both classroom and lab settings on a daily basis

·         Grade, review and critique team project based work on a weekly basis

·         Server as a faculty mentor for students

·         Provide creative direction and critique to students as well as technical guidance for the tools required in the course

·         Collaborate with faculty to develop and improve program and department curriculum

·         Participate in teaching-related service roles , including scheduled office hours, archiving of student work, institutional and department service activities, and research/professional development


Required Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in art or media related field

·         Substantial experience and knowledge within the game industry in general

·         3+ years of experience with mobile and 2D and/or 3D game creation

·         A strong understanding of team dynamics, team organization, and team communication

·         Ability to give quality feedback, practical work solutions, and instruction in 2D game art and asset creation

·         Ability to communicate the basic functions of the design and programming team’s roles, tasks and expectations

·         Ability to teach specific art software skills and techniques within the game environment

·         Experience and deep knowledge in as many of these areas as possible: animation, environment and character development, lighting and color, UI, VFX, design principles, level design

·         Should have a working knowledge of game design fundamentals and best practices

·         Should have a working knowledge of a broad range of game art software

·         A Reel/Portfolio showing animation and 2d art skills

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

·         MFA degree in art or media/game related field

·         Teaching experience and/or demonstrated training experience

·         Demonstrable professional experience in art, not necessarily limited to computer/video games or animation


Application Procedure:

To be considered for this position, applicants must include the following:

·         Cover letter of interest, including a link to your digital portfolio

·         Statement of teaching philosophy

·         Curriculum vitae

·         List of 3 professional references with email and telephone contact information included


Diversity, equity, inclusion and academic freedom are priorities of DigiPen Institute of Technology, as DigiPen endorses the goals of affirmative action and equal opportunity employment. The Institute's intent is to hire the most qualified individuals for faculty and staff, attracting candidates from diverse backgrounds of race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, veteran status, nationality, culture, religion, and physical abilities. We are committed to broadening our candidate pool to include more diverse individuals, and ensuring fairness in hiring by avoiding bias and determining criteria to judge all candidates prior to posting each new position.

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