Employment at ArtCenter

Fine Art

Assistant/Associate Professor, Painting (non-tenure track)

The undergraduate Fine Art Department at ArtCenter is seeking a candidate for a full-time position in Painting, at the Assistant or Associate level, commensurate with experience. The teaching load of this position is structured as two-thirds in the Fine Art Department and one-third in Illustration, which is the equivalent of three five-hour per week classes in each fourteen-week semester. The school requires all full-time faculty to provide three hours per week as “service hours,” which include such responsibilities as serving on review panels, committees and participating in other administrative work. ArtCenter College of Design runs year-round, on a system of three fourteen-week semesters, with two three-week breaks and one four-week winter break.

Reports to: Department Chair, Fine Art

Job posted 1/14/2020. 

Applications due by 04/24/2020.

Candidates will be required to submit the following application materials with their cover letter and resume: teaching philosophy, sample syllabus, three current letters of recommendation, ArtCenter application and unofficial transcripts. Upon hire the successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts.

Send application materials to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “FF—Painting” in the subject line.

Download ArtCenter Application


  • Master of Fine Arts from an accredited college or institution
  • Exhibition record of at least five years
  • Minimum of five years of experience teaching painting classes
  • Ability to develop effective curriculum appropriate to the fields of study and practice
  • Ability to develop and maintain valuable working relationships with educational partners, educational institutions and other organizations relevant to the department
  • A strong, active painting-based practice both in professional work and exhibitions as well as in teaching
  • Strong presentation and communication skills — verbal, written, and visual
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognize the confidential nature of ArtCenter business, as well as requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Must be able to work with and understand our culturally diverse student and faculty body with their needs and goals
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • National and international exhibition record of five years or more
  • Two years or more experience with academic committee work.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

Housed within the Fine Art Department, the full-time painting position is a shared assignment with ArtCenter’s Illustration Department, which is a larger department with a smaller subset of students who are looking toward careers that include both illustration and art through painting. It is expected that the successful candidate will conduct classes with both populations of students who are often combined in classes. The shared position requires the ability to teach across student levels and disciplines, from beginning to advanced students. In painting classes, the successful candidate should be adept in addressing issues of abstraction and representation to Fine Art and Illustration students, with equal enthusiasm.

Each of Faculty's teaching assignments shall include duties related to classroom instruction; preparation of instructional materials and class syllabi, including submission of syllabi to departments; maintaining and reporting student attendance; grading students' assignments and exams; officially posting students' grades; consulting with students; replying to students' inquiries; and facilitating course evaluations. Faculty will be advised of their specific assignments for each term by the Department Chairs. Faculty's responsibilities also involve administrative, service, and instructional duties, which may be outside of Faculty's Department, and which may include occasional substitute teaching, service on college-wide committees such as Faculty Council, faculty and student mentoring and advising, core curricular planning, scholarship and portfolio student reviews, outcome assessments with corresponding data collection, and attending departmental and College all-hands meetings. Faculty understands that ArtCenter has the right of assignment, and accordingly, ArtCenter determines Faculty's teaching, administrative, and service assignments both within and outside Faculty's Department, and ArtCenter reserves the right to transfer or reassign Faculty, at ArtCenter's sole discretion.


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About ArtCenter

About ArtCenter

For more than 80 years, ArtCenter has had an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry, and commitment to socially responsible design. We are an independent, nonprofit, four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in ten specialized programs, and graduate degrees in four art and design disciplines.

About the Department

The Fine Art Department has an enrollment of 75–90 students who come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Most are entering freshman, but there is a population of transfer and “returning” students with a wide range of life experiences. The department has three full-time faculty members and eleven part-time “core” faculty. A limited number of visiting artists are hired for elective classes and workshops or lectures.

Within ArtCenter, the Fine Art Program is a department for students who want a comprehensive Fine Art centered education to prepare for their lives as artists. Our curriculum covers all media and a wide range of discourses. The sequence of classes is carefully staged to build knowledges of making alongside critical thinking skills within a student’s practice, culminating in a serious body of work in a solo show at graduation.  The Fine Art Department is also a place where students from all disciplines in the college can expect a high level of experimentation, critical discourse, and research-based exploration that will enhance their design education with the strengths of art practices.


ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.