Assistant Professor - 3D Animation - Rochester Institute of Technology (5452BR)

Requisition Number: 5452BR

School/Department: 3D Design

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Assistant Professor
Tenure Status: Tenure-Track

Anticipated Start Date: Aug 2021

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The School of Film and Animation in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology is seeking an active artist dedicated to the education of filmmakers/animators. The candidate should demonstrate substantial aptitude in animation production using 3D software. Courses will involve teaching undergraduate and graduate students the aesthetics and techniques of animation production, modeling, rigging, and lighting & texturing. An extensive knowledge of animation filmmaking processes and current and emerging technologies in the animation art form is important. The successful candidate is committed to teaching animation production and is capable of inspiring a critical and inventive environment in the classroom.

The candidate should have demonstrable experience in pre-production and production techniques and processes, story structure, and commercial or independent animation production. Proficiency in some of the following areas is expected: 3D character animation, modeling, lighting, texturing, animation design in traditional media and emerging technology. The candidate is expected to cover a full teaching load consisting of courses in filmmaking, animation technique, and creative production practices.

Applicants with broad-based expertise in animation and filmmaking practices and excellent writing and communication skills are encouraged to apply. Preferred knowledge of current applications relative to animation production, including: Maya, Adobe After Effects, Z-Brush, Substance Painter and the full Adobe Creative Suite.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching five courses per year ranging from lower-division foundations to upper-division and graduate levels.
  • Working with animation and film production faculty on program and curricular development.
  • Maintaining a high level of expertise in current animation trends.
  • Advising students for capstone/thesis films and providing professional mentorship.
  • Engaging in scholarly activities/research within the arts, design, and media disciplines.
  • University, college and departmental service and community outreach.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.


RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect in its five schools: Art, Design, American Crafts, Film and Animation, and Photographic Arts and Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design has an enrollment of more than 1,600 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students,


The internationally-recognized School of Film and Animation (SOFA) offers BFA and MFA degrees in film production with emphasis in either Animation or Live-Action as well as a BS degree in Motion Picture Science. SOFA provides a creative community where students have the opportunity to discover their unique talents and expressive potential, while at the same time developing the skills needed to fulfill any creative or technical role in the film and animation industry. SOFA enrollment is typically 350 undergraduate and 45 graduate students. School of Film and Animation | College of Art and Design | RIT.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at


  • Earned MFA (equivalent experience considered in extraordinary circumstances)
  • Proficiency with Maya or other industry standard 3D software
  • Body of past work
  • Prior teaching or mentorship experience
  • Experience in 3D character animation, modeling, rigging, lighting, texturing, compositing, scripting
  • Professional experience


Apply online at Keyword Search: 5452BR. Please submit your online application; your cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; your current vita; and upload the following attachments:

  • A contribution to diversity statement
  • A teaching philosophy
  • Examples of peer-reviewed exhibited or published work
  • A portfolio of a minimum of twenty (20) works, including images and videos
  • Examples of student work
  • The name, title, email address and phone number for three references

You can contact the search committee with questions about the position at:
Mary Barnard, Sr. Staff Assistant
School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology

Application review begins February 22, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.

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