Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Position ID:Chapman University-Dodge College of Film and Media Arts-APPD [#15677]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Production Design
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Orange, California 92866, United States [map]
Subject Area: Production Design / Production Design
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/12/06, finished 2020/09/27)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

General Information

Chapman University and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts seek applications for a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position in Production Design in its nationally recognized Dodge College of Film and Media Arts beginning August 2020. Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The university achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities. Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. Dodge College is ranked #7 in the nation, among film schools by The Hollywood Reporter. More information about the university and Dodge College is available at

The BFA production design is an emphasis of the undergraduate film production program of Dodge College. The MFA program in production design functions in concert with the graduate film production program. The successful candidate will be one of two full time faculty members in production design. Six additional part time lecturers specialize in teaching: costume design, set décor, illustration, storyboarding, digital design, visual effects, and animation. Dodge College has five sound stages, a fully functional scenic shop, and a property warehouse.

The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. More information on diversity and inclusion at Chapman University is available at


The successful candidate will have extensive industry experience and credentials in the field of art direction, set design, and/or production design, having held key creative positions on multiple film projects. Desirable skills include exceptional art and aesthetic credentials, professional experience creating and supervising art departments, an advanced proficiency of technologies and computer design programs related to production design, expertise in previsualization techniques of sketching and model making, and strong communication skills. It is preferred but not required that the successful candidate have a university degree and some teaching experience. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching first as well as to continuing his or her own professional work. The undergraduate curriculum of the Production Design Program will include fundamental art, history, computer aided design technology, and production courses to prepare students for the role of designer in the modern film or television art department, potentially serving live action, visual effects, gaming, or computer-animated productions. The Undergraduate and Graduate curriculum will assume an advanced level of ability of the students and focus on hands-on production. The primary responsibility of the instructor will be to teach graduate and undergraduate production design classes and advising students on the design of the films projects produced at Dodge College. To help you gage the quality of our present students work, this link will direct you to a three-minute documentary film of the annual students design gallery showcase: 


Responsibilities include both teaching and administrate duties.

Teaching requirements are consistent with full-time faculty duties, i.e. the teaching load is 18 to 21 credits per academic year, in addition to continued professional work and/or research and scholarship.

Administrative duties include designing, regularly reviewing, and updating curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate programs; advising on faculty hiring; program development; service to the school and university.

Contact Information

 Application Qualified applicants are required to submit a Chapman University Faculty Application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of professional recommendation online, and data link

Please direct any inquiries about the position to John Chichester, Search Chair at Use "Production Design Faculty Position" as the email subject line. 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate. 

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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