Employment Opportunities

UCLA Department of Design Media Arts Tenure-track Assistant Professor in 3D form, Fabrication, and/or Critical Making

The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) within the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the areas of 3D form, fabrication, and/or critical making. Candidates should have a demonstrated expertise and international profile in design and/or media arts. We are interested in candidates with a strong research practice and teaching interests in 3D form, fabrication, and critical making. As the areas of software-based creation and physical making move ever closer together, and as new materials and fabrication technologies emerge, they generate new aesthetic, social, and environmental opportunities and challenges. The new faculty member would lead curriculum development, research, and practice within this domain. Candidates must have a Master's degree in an appropriate field and a strong record of professional achievement; evidence of teaching is recommended.

The Department of Design Media Arts is a multidisciplinary department dedicated to media design and media art. Led by an internationally renowned faculty, DMA fosters creative exploration and innovative research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Embracing strategies ranging from media arts production to interactive motion graphics, print, video, game design, and generative software, public arts practices to media archeology and digital humanities, the curriculum is technologically innovative and intellectually rigorous. The 2016 US News and World Report’s annual survey of undergraduate departments ranks the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture as second in the country for art training and ranks the MFA program second for Time-Based Media / New Media.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach studio courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and undertake independent research and creative activity appropriate for advancement within the University of California. S/he will enhance DMA's capacity as a research incubator and creative forum, advancing the program's profile for artistic and technological innovation grounded in critical thinking and art making. There is an expectation of service within the Department and University.

We seek candidates whose experience in teaching, research, professional activity, and/or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Level of appointment and salary will be commensurate with qualification and professional experience. The anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2017. For more about the department, please visit: http://dma.ucla.edu.

Complete application information is available at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02612

Applications must include the following:

  1. 1. One-page cover letter with a description of creative research and teaching experience.
  2. 2. Personal statement that discusses the applicant's artistic and educational philosophy and approach to teaching.
  3. 3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. 4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness. As applicable, please include evaluations, syllabi, and examples of student work.
  5. 5. Names and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number) of three professional references. (Letters of recommendation are not requested at this time).
  6. 6. A portfolio that is specifically curated for the search committee, prioritized with your most accomplished work, and includes, as appropriate, documentation of your artwork, your own writings or statements, and notable reviews or articles discussing your work. This can be an on-line link to a web site or PDF format file.
  7. 7. A statement with a description of past or potential contributions to diversity. Contributions to diversity might include teaching, mentoring, research, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarship environment and/or increasing access or participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups.


All application materials must be submitted by December 9, 2016 to ensure full consideration.

Address letters of application to:

Professor Jennifer Steinkamp
Chair, DMA Search Committee
Department of Design Media Arts
Broad Art Center, Suite 2275
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

The School of the Arts and Architecture is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body in response to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. DMA is a department that values intellectual, cultural, and creative inquiry. Personal qualities such as originality and initiative are important assets that will guarantee a successful application. Faculty who would make meaningful and unique contributions to the intellectual and social interchanges within the profession are especially encouraged to apply.

UCLA Department of Design Media Arts part-time lecturer to teach Game Design in Spring 2017.

Course description for DESMA 157: Game Design

This course provides a foundation in game design. The coursework develops the concepts that are unique to game design and production. Both non-digital and digital game creation skills are developed. Throughout the course students will produce several playable games and each project will explore various aspects of game design including user interface; basic game programming; game asset creation; rule design; game balance; multiplayer dynamics; complexity; randomness; polemics; narrative; adaptation; and the aesthetic and pragmatic aspects of physical and digital game design. The course will cover game design concepts through reading and written assignments, class lectures, discussions, play-testing sessions, and game design and production projects.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This game design course may be taught with different approaches to the medium of game-making, keeping a balance between teaching game design concepts and practical game development skills; the class could focus solely on digital game making (computer games) or non-digital making (tabletop games), but ideally the course will introduce students to both approaches.

Examples of DESMA 157 Game Design class pages that integrate both tabletop and digital game development and design: http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Fall14/157/, http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Fall13/157/.

Course Duration: April 4 – June 9, 2017 (11 weeks)

Course Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am to 11:50 am in Broad Arts Center Course Enrollment: Maximum of 22 students, with 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant Salary Range: $5,731 to $6,171, or higher if commensurate with experience.

To Apply: We require a cover letter, CV, and a “Statement of Teaching.” We also recommend candidates to submit a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” which addresses the candidate’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

For more information about our undergraduate program and our students’ broad, innovative, and diverse areas of study, please visit http://gallery.dma.ucla.edu/filter/undergrad.

For information about the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA), please visit http://dma.ucla.edu/.

To apply, please visit https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02726 Deadline to apply is January 31, 2017