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Adjunct Lecturer in Projection Design - THTR 303

BFA Design Faculty Los Angeles, California

The USC School of Dramatic Arts invites applications for a part-time adjunct lecturer position to teach (potentially online) our THTR 303 Projection Design I course in the Spring 2021 semester beginning January 1, 2021 and ending May 15, 2021.  The course focuses on the investigation of the projection design process, equipment, multi-media, digital technology concepts, and related documentation.  This position is fixed term and consists of 3-5 contact hours per week, including a three-hour lecture and a lab of asynchronous work by students.    

The ideal candidate brings a professional and rigorous practice to a learning environment where digital tools and platforms are taught.  We seek individuals with experience in visual and aural storytelling in a wide variety of media, excellent communication skills, expertise in collaboration with a creative and management team, experience in leading students and adaptability.  Qualified candidates will have expertise to develop each student’s ability to use digital tools and platforms including some of the following tools: green screen, digital backgrounds, virtual environments including VR and real-time game engines, AR technology enhancements, motion capture, and utilizing 360 cameras.  Applicants will demonstrate extensive career leadership. While academic credentials are desirable, all equivalent experience in the professional arena is also important. Applications should include a cover letter describing the candidate's qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or Related Field
  • 1-2 years teaching
  • 2-3 years as a professional designer with significant, demonstrable ties to at least one theatre and demonstrable interest in original plays, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • User based knowledge of Watchout, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Premiere, projection mapping, and live streaming content.
  • MS Office, Outlook, and Internet

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre or Related Field
  • 3-5 years teaching
  • Professional track record of 3-5 years in designing with impact on the field with significant, demonstrable ties to more than 3 theatres, and demonstrable interest in original plays, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Extensive knowledge and production experiences of Watchout, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Premiere, cinematography, real time virtual gaming engines, 3d modeling, projection mapping and live streaming content.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education. The School offers innovative programs and curricula in acting, direction, playwriting, design, critical studies, stage management, technical directing and applied theatre arts. With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA, MA and MFA degrees and an active production program of more than 20 shows annually that utilize four venues on campus.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC is proudly pluralistic and committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding individuals. USC actively seeks nominations of applications from qualified persons and from the broadest possible community. The School of Dramatic Arts is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its work force.  We encourage applications from all qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the United States. However, we are unable to sponsor employment visas for this position.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

REQ20094246 Posted Date: 10/15/2020 - Thru date - 2020-11-06

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