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Film Production Design Faculty

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

An EHRA application is required in order to be considered for a faculty position. Please note, EHRA applications do not have an employment entry section. Instead, a resume/CV will be required to be uploaded by the applicant, along with any other documents the Department or assigned Search Committee deem relevant for the review process. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. Salary will be commensurate with experience. UNCSA follows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment. Pursuant to UNCSA policy, as a condition of employment the University must obtain a criminal background report and determine that the nature and seriousness of any criminal offenses do not render employment with the University inappropriate.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Production Design
Position Number 30236
School/Department Information

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, located in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”), was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,200 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. The chancellor, deans, and faculty work with students in a residential setting to create an educational community that is intimate, demanding, and performance-centered. Learning is enriched by access to an academic program responsive to a conservatory curriculum. Founded to be both an educational institution and a resource enhancing the cultural life of the state of North Carolina and the Southeast, UNCSA offers numerous public performances, on- and off-campus, as well as community education in the arts.
Established in 1993, the School of Filmmaking combines rigorous professional training with unparalleled facilities, equipment and resources. The program’s mission is to train talented students for professional careers in the film and television industries and stresses the collaborative nature of filmmaking in a rigorous conservatory atmosphere. The School of Filmmaking’s goal is to produce the “complete” filmmaker – a storyteller of unusual vision who knows how to use and value the components of the filmmaking arts. The School of Filmmaking offers a BFA in Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Picture Editing & Sound Design, Producing, Production Design & Visual Effects, and Screenwriting, and an MFA in Creative Producing, Film Music Composition, and Screenwriting.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties

The Production Design faculty member’s primary responsibility is to teach multiple undergraduate production design courses which may include Production Design Workshops, Intermediate Art Direction, Advanced Production Design, Year Three Production, Year Four Production, Thesis, and Tutorial, along with elective courses. In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to engage in artistic creativity/research, and service to the institution and to local and professional communities.

Advising Year One and Year Two students as they explore the various aspects of the moving image profession; and mentoring Year Three and Year Four students within the Production Design discipline. This includes visiting sets on a regular basis to mentor student productions, which are often weekend activities.

Evaluating his/her students on a regular basis and participating in the student continuation process.

Attending all faculty meetings, weekly production meetings, faculty retreats and other professional events including working on School of Filmmaking and UNCSA committees as needed.

Participating in the admissions process by interviewing prospective students on-campus during a handful of weekend interview dates.

Hosting Guest Artists at the request of the Dean or the Chair.

Participating in the week-long Intensive Arts program.

Participating on a Script Development Committee, which among other things includes attending pitch sessions, workshops and individual meetings with students and mentees.

Engaging in the development of new and existing programs, curricula and methods of instruction.

Remaining active in a professional career in order to stay at the forefront of the modern technologies, techniques, and processes that are instrumental to the evolution of contemporary filmmaking and the moving image arts.

Required Qualifications

The qualified candidate must possess professional credits in the Production Design department in the feature, television, music video, commercial and/or documentary fields, or an equivalent combination of education, teaching and professional experience. Doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline. Equivalent professional experience or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience will be accepted in lieu of the academic degree.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates that hold a Master of Fine Arts degree, or a Master’s degree with 18 credit hours in a related field.

Tenure Information UNCSA utilizes a multi-year contract system in lieu of tenure.
Instructions to Candidates
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Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F25P
Open Date 06/29/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Recruitment Range, if applicable
Special Instructions to Candidates

An EHRA application is required in order to be considered for a faculty position. Please note, EHRA applications do not have an employment entry section. Instead, a resume/CV will be required to be uploaded by the applicant, along with any other documents the Department or assigned Search Committee deem relevant for the review process. Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

UNCSA follows the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) guidelines for faculty credentialing. The successful candidate will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of earned degrees, and/or substantiating documentation of experiential qualifications as a condition of employment.
Pursuant to UNCSA policy, as a condition of employment the University must obtain a criminal background report and determine that the nature and seriousness of any criminal offenses do not render employment with the University inappropriate.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Portfolio
  3. Media File
  4. Media File 2