The responsibilities of the Technical Art Director will be to teach 1 -2 courses a semester for the FIEA graduate program. This person will work with FIEA faculty to develop technical curriculum geared toward artists with varying technical backgrounds. They will also mentor student driven games and animated short projects, potentially teaching at the undergraduate level and participating in recruiting. Ideal candidates will be skilled in Maya and Houdini, programming languages such as C++, Python, C#, MEL, etc. as well as a thorough understanding of industry game/film art and animation asset creation software and game engine technologies. Successful candidates will have professional experience in games, film development, animated shorts or cinematics as well as a strong background in lighting, shaders, and effects. This is a 9-month non-tenure earning position with the potential of a 3-month summer contract.
Other responsibilities include holding office hours, conducting required academic performance assessments, and development of instructional content.
Preferences: Teaching experience at an accredited institution of higher education is preferred. MFA or Ph.D. preferred in digital media, art, computer science, game design, engineering or a media-related discipline from an accredited institution.
A Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline is required from an accredited institution and professional experience in games, film or other entertainment specific industries OR a Bachelors’ degree and significant professional experience in the areas listed above. Appropriate disciplines include Computer Science, Engineering, Game Design, Digital Media, Art, Film/Theatre or Media-related discipline.
The anticipated start date is Spring 2014. Applicants must complete an online job application at www.jobswithucf.com for position 38397. Please submit a cover letter, official transcripts, a current CV or resume, and three letters of reference. **NOTE: Please have all documentation ready when applying for the position so it can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later. Groups traditionally underrepresented in the Interactive Entertainment industry are encouraged to apply. The University of Central Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. As an agency of the State of Florida, all application materials and selection procedures are available for public review.
The position will be headquartered at the downtown UCF Center for Emerging Media location, roughly 15 miles from the main campus.