Information & Responsibilities
The School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), invites applications for a sound for the moving image artist/practitioner for a full-time faculty position in Sound for the moving image arts. This is a renewable 9 month academic year appointment which will begin in September 2018. The School of Film/Video, one of six schools within CalArts, houses a diverse population of approximately 400 students. The well resourced sound area serves all four academic programs within the School of Film/Video (Character Animation, Program in Film and Video, Experimental Animation, and Film Directing Program) and supports all modes of film / videomaking. Film/Video Faculty are expected to have a diverse range of experience including an in-depth practical knowledge of their specialty. Our faculty are known for either their professional, scholarly, or creative filmmaking work.
Faculty in the Sound area teach classes in the conceptual and practical aspects of sound for image. They also engage students through mentoring, technical and practical advice, and mix assistance for many types of projects within the School of Film/Video. This position will include guiding students through projects in fictional narrative, documentary, experimental film/video, and animation, as well as hybrid forms including performance and installation.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that encompass sound design, production sound, and post production sound; mentoring of students on their artistic and academic progress specifically as it relates to sound; designing course curricula; and participating in School and Institute administrative duties as assigned. Faculty must have a strong commitment to teaching, student achievement, and academic service. All CalArts faculty are expected to maintain an on-going creative and/or scholarly practice resulting in exhibitions, events, professional credits, or publications.
This ideal candidate will bring an innovative approach to teaching sound for film/video and related media in recognition of the cultural and technical context of the early 21st century. The faculty member in this position will teach and help develop all aspects of sound design, production sound, and post production sound at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Their teaching will embody a holistic view of the entire filmmaking process, specifically placing sound in an active relational role to all other aspects of filmmaking.
- One year or more of teaching at the college level
- MFA, or an equivalent international degree
- At least two forms of published recognitions for professional work, scholarly work or personal creative filmmaking work (IMDB, Festival Program, publication, review, etc).
- Fluency with current sound practices and tools, including ProTools and Adobe Premiere
How to Apply
Priority will be given to applicants that apply by December 31, 2017. Review of applications will begin on that date and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications are to be submitted to the Slideroom Website at
The applicant will need to create an account in SlideRoom before completing the application. CalArts will pay the application fees; you will not be charged for the process.
Please submit via the SlideRoom link:
- Letter of interest
- Current CV
Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
- Artist statement relating your goals and accomplishments as a professional, an artist, or a scholar
- No more than 7 minutes of moving image with sound. In addition, if appropriate, essays or other published written work
- Names and contact information for three references
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All submissions are confidential
Equity & Diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.