Employment at ArtCenter

Graduate Art

Assistant / Associate / Full Professor of Graduate Art

Every position at ArtCenter plays an important part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion and culture.

The Graduate Art Department at ArtCenter College of Design is pleased to invite artists working in any medium to apply for the position of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor. Graduate Art faculty are expected to hold individual meetings with our thirty-five graduate students on a regular basis, as well as design and teach two cross-disciplinary seminars per year that address current and historical cultural and aesthetic questions relevant to students working in all media. Finally, Graduate Art faculty are expected to maintain their active exhibition schedules, and every reasonable accommodation will be made by the department to make this possible. Use this link to view current and past curricula: https://www.artcentermfa.net/curriculum.

Reports to: Department Chair

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials to mfaartcenter@gmail.com

  • Cover letter that outlines professional experience, teaching philosophy, scholarly interests, and approach to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Select documentation of recent work in the form of JPEGs, MP4s, WAVs or PDFs via an online storage service
  • Names and contact information (not letters of recommendation) from three professionals who can speak to the candidate’s art practice and, especially, teaching abilities

Applicants responding to posted job openings are asked to include a completed employment application with the application materials listed in the job posting.

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  • Diploma of Degree from a relevant undergraduate program from an accredited college or institution
  • Master of Fine Arts or equivalent professional activities
  • Minimum of five years of experience teaching at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • A strong, active studio practice both in professional work and exhibitions as well as in teaching
  • 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

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.

In August 2020, ArtCenter College of Design launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan that articulates 40 initiatives intended to transform the culture of ArtCenter by accelerating our commitment to these values. The initiatives demonstrate our determination to address disparities within our system, strengthen the rich diversity of our community and improve the climate in which we work and learn.


Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.


Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

There are multiple modalities of instructional delivery, which may be HyFlex, Hybrid, Remote / Online or In-Person, any of which may be required as a condition of employment. Modalities available or required for specific class(es) should be confirmed with the department.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard classroom setting with frequent interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: Employees stand or sit most of the time, but may be mobile for brief periods of time. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading class materials, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

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.