Experimental Animation Full-Time Faculty Positions

The School of Film/Video at CalArts seeks candidates for two full-time faculty positions in the program in Experimental Animation. We are seeking artists with a commitment to an experimental animation practice demonstrated by a record of effective teaching and personal creative work recognized in the field. 

The Experimental Animation program fosters the individual voice of the filmmaker in developing innovative approaches to animated moving images. We are a community of artists who explore what animation can be, and push boundaries of its craft, conceptual engagement, and presentation. 

We welcome a broad range of applicants, from emerging to established artists and teachers. Ideal candidates would have in-depth knowledge of animation practices in one or more of the following areas: drawn animation, stop-motion animation, CG animation, interactive media, emerging animation technologies, or installation work. We expect the candidate to have significant professional accomplishments and at least two years teaching experience at the college level or comparable experience with other forms of instruction. 

CalArts and the School of Film/Video value the individuality of artists and welcome the addition of unique and inventive voices to our diverse, collaborative community. We seek to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. We welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer. 

About the Experimental Animation Program: 

Experimental Animation at CalArts has a rich and distinctive legacy of visionary work in animation, stretching back to the founding of the Institute in the late 1960’s. We value that history while turning towards a future of new techniques, identities, and philosophies of animation. Our teaching philosophy grows from our personal relationship with animation and our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive learning and artistic environment.

Experimental Animation at CalArts thrives in a rich ecosystem within the School of Film/Video, which also includes Character Animation and two live-action filmmaking programs. Our faculty and students also benefit from close interaction with the other schools at CalArts: Music, Theater, Art, Dance, and Critical Studies.  


Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Experimental Animation program; mentoring students on their artistic and academic progress; designing innovative and imaginative curricula and courses; and participating in departmental administrative duties and academic service as assigned.  

Salary Range:

Reflecting its experimental mission and commitment to non-hierarchical pedagogy, CalArts does not have a conventional tenure-rank system but offers renewable multi-year contracts, amstep-based faculty salary advancement plan (FSAP) and a merit program. Starting salary for these positions will be commensurate with experience, within a range from $70,000 to $92,000, reflecting the current salary steps. Compensation also includes full benefits and a paid creative leave semester every 7 years.

For more information about FSAP and merit policy at CalArts:



Applicants should have clear and evidenced experience as an artist with an animation-led practice and demonstrable teaching experience at the college level or equivalent experience in a non-traditional setting.

How to apply:

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022. For full consideration please apply by that date. Please go to this link to apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/116542

Please provide:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and your approach to teaching

  • A statement that describes tangible initiatives or actions you have taken  in your teaching and/or professional practice that support an equitable and inclusive learning and artistic environment.

  • Syllabi or brief proposals for two courses that reflect your interests as a practitioner and teacher 

  • A current CV

  • Up to five work samples that represent your artistic practice

  • Three confidential letters of recommendation will be required for applicants who progress to the finalist phase.


All submissions confidential